September 19, 2014, by Tim Utton
Update – 12 September
Members of UEB approved a review of Postgraduate Taught (PGT) provision following a presentation by Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, and Professor Jerry Roberts, Assistant PVC for Research.
The PGT Review will include consideration of the recent PG Teaching Excellence Survey (PTES) results. It will focus on course delivery, financial aspects of PGT provision, recruitment and how modes of programme delivery might change over the next five years.
The review will look primarily at the UK although colleagues at UNNC and UNMC will be involved, as will colleagues in the International Office. Market analysis and competitor benchmarking will be part of the review, which is intended to improve PGT provision at the University.
A Review of Financial Support to Applicants and Students has been approved, following a paper presented to UEB by Dr Paul Greatrix, the Registrar, Andrew Unitt, Chief Financial Officer, and Stephen Dudderidge, Director of Student Operations and Support.
Schools, faculties and central teams offer an increasing amount of financial support to applicants and students, and there is a need to ensure that best value is being delivered. The review will entail collecting all relevant data from different units as well as seeking their input, and will also focus on recruitment and quality of students.
Code of Discipline
A Code of Discipline has been approved for students at UNMC and UNNC. Previously, the campuses in Asia had used the UK version, but a code has now been developed specifically for China and Malaysia campuses to ensure consistency in approach while acknowledging the local context.
Project Transform update
The first quarterly report from the Project Transform board outlined progress, challenges, impact, high-level plans and timeframes in preparation for the business case, which is due to go to UEB later in September.
Site visits have been taking place in the UK to a small number of potential providers of the software solution.
The Vice-Chancellor and members of UEB visited the Project Transform office at King’s Meadow Campus on September 5th and 8th.
Strategy 2020 implementation
Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, gave an update on the next stage of S2020 development, which would involve the development of a broad roadmap for implementation. The headlines are due to be presented to Council on October 21st.
A small working group has been convened (involving the DVC, Strategy Planning and Performance and the Executive Project Management Office) to look at the different work streams. The outcome would be a framework of the work streams within a clear timeframe. This would be reviewed at UEB to consider resources, priorities, and responsibilities across the range of activities.
Reception for newly-promoted staff
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway, hosted a reception to congratulate newly-promoted academic members of staff in the Senate Chamber, Trent Building.
More than 90 staff have been recently been promoted to professor, associate professor, assistant professor, principal research fellow or senior research fellow. All promotions took effect from August 1st, 2014.
Research funding received for the year 2013-14 totalled just over £180m, up 6 per cent on 2012-13. UEB thanks the many colleagues across the University for their contributions and hard work to achieve this outstanding result.
Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), visited the University for a meeting with members of UEB and other senior colleagues.
Issues that were discussed included the Research Excellence Framework, capital funding, Doctoral Training Centres, employability, HEIF and the National Student Survey.
Professor Neville Wylie has become Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor International (Americas) following the departure of Professor Saul Becker.
Life Cycle 4
The five members of UEB taking part in the Life Cycle 4 challenge (Professor Sir David Greenaway, Professor Karen Cox, Chris Jagger, Professor Nick Miles and Professor Chris Rudd), were welcomed back after cycling over 1,400 miles to the four corners of Great Britain. With the rest of the team, they have raised £625,000 so far to support the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.
This is the latest regular update from the University Executive Board, which aims to bring staff up to speed with recent developments and items discussed at UEB. We would welcome ideas and suggestions on this update, which can be sent to Sarah Hyde or posted below.