October 3, 2014, by Tim Utton
Update – 3 October
Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, gave an update to UEB on the development of plans for the implementation of Strategy 2020.
Professor Cox outlined the principles of the approach, activity so far, and governance. The approach taken would be integrated and portfolio driven, with clarity around the interdependencies. Further work and discussion is now taking place; next steps include deciding responsibilities, understanding interdependencies, defining priorities, and considering local vs. global approaches.
Strategy 2020 implementation is due to be discussed at the UEB Away Day in mid-October.
The business case for Project Transform was presented to UEB by Professor Karen Cox, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Robert Dowling, Business Lead, Andy Smales, Programme Director, and Simon Tonkiss, Technology Director, from Project Transform. The proposal is for the implementation of significant change to the University’s systems, processes and organisation to enable major improvements to services for students and staff.
The business case was endorsed by UEB on September 29th, following final review by the Project Transform Board, for submission to Finance Committee and Council.
Fire on Jubilee Campus
The Registrar, Dr Paul Greatrix, gave an overview of the fire that destroyed the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry on September 12th. The Fire Service had responded rapidly, and while the building itself could not be saved, the fire had been contained and had not spread to other nearby buildings. The building itself was unoccupied and there had been no casualties.
The University’s Open Day had gone ahead as planned on Saturday, and the incident did not appear to have impacted on the number of visitors. A number of offers of support had been received from friends and supporters of the University, and the wider HE community. A fire accident investigation was now taking place.
The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire fire services and the Incident Management Team were thanked, and the resilience and response of staff praised.
Institutional Performance Board
At the first meeting of the new academic session, the Institutional Performance Board (IPB) discussed a range of issues including Nottingham’s position in recently-published league tables, the drivers behind the University’s average UCAS tariff score for new entrants and meetings with schools regarding league table rankings.
The IPB, which is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway, reports to University Executive Board (UEB) and provides updates to Council. League tables are also due to be discussed at the next UEB Away Day in mid-October.
Council Members, business partners, benefactors, alumni and local community leaders were among the guests at the fifth annual ‘On Location’ visit to China and Malaysia.
The trip was hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and Lady Greenaway, Professor Chris Rudd (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement) and colleagues from the Campaign and Alumni Relations Office.
Guests were given a campus tour at UNNC, met students, attended a Ningbo alumni event – including the presentation of UNNC Alumnus of the Year – a civic dinner in the city, and a business dinner in Shanghai addressed by the Consul-General for Shanghai.
The guests, who cover their own travel expenses, went on to Malaysia where they were given an overview of campus life by staff and students, a visit to the Crops for the Future field station, and attended the Kuala Lumpur Alumni Dinner which included the presentation of the Alumni Excellence Awards.
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