August 21, 2014, by Tim Utton

Update – 15 August

Curriculum 2020

Professor Alan Ford, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, on behalf of the Curriculum 2020 Committee, presented a paper, ‘Streamlining the Curriculum’. UEB approved three proposals relating to the minimum viable size of modules and programmes, and noted the ongoing work of the Academic Progression and Award Regulations Working Group, chaired by Professor Phil Shipway, to standardise University regulations to ensure fairness and consistency.

It was agreed that consultation would continue in the autumn with Schools and Faculty Executive Deans on proposals to introduce standard credit values for modules.

Quantitative Methods teaching

Professor Paul Heywood, Executive Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences, brought a paper to UEB on Quantitative Methods teaching in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The University has received a letter from the Nuffield Foundation inviting Schools in Social Sciences at Nottingham to apply for ‘Q-Step Affiliate Status’, as one of four institutions to be recognised in this way. Q-Step is a £19.5m programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training in the UK. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE, Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates.

The invitation had specific requests attached to it and will be discussed further at UEB.

Vice-Chancellor’s dinner event

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, hosted a dinner for 25 female professors from across the University, to discuss career progression and leadership.

He was joined by Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Planning. Other guests included Council members Dame Liz Fradd and Dame Asha Khemka. The discussion was very positive and generated a number of good ideas.

The Vice-Chancellor will be following up on these ideas with Professor Cox, Professor Marion Walker, and Jaspal Kaur, Director of Human Resources.

Lord Mayor’s reception

The Vice-Chancellor attended a civic reception after the recent announcement of his knighthood for services to higher education. The reception, hosted by Lord Mayor at the Council House, was held for local recipients of honours in 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

CAPES Institutional Dinner

On July 17th, the Vice-Chancellor hosted a dinner for a major Brazilian delegation led by President Professor Jorge Almeida Guimarães (CAPES, the Brazilian Federal Research Funding Council) and Presidents of UERJ (Rio de Janeiro State University) and UEA (University of the State of Amazonas). Good progress has been made in Nottingham’s collaboration – which now involves Pharmacy, Chemistry and Biosciences – and there is significant potential for growth.

This is the latest regular update from the University Executive Board, which aims to bring staff up to speed with recent developments and recent items discussed at UEB. We would welcome ideas and suggestions on this update, which can be sent to Sarah Hyde. Comments can also be added below.

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