November 6, 2014, by Tim Utton
Update – 4 November
IS Renew Programme
Mary Visser, Chief Information Officer, and Andrew Unitt, Chief Financial Officer, presented a paper to UEB on the Information Services Renew programme.
The paper included an update on phase 1 of the programme, which has seen new structures and governance procedures put in place to provide comprehensive support for staff and students in a global university. Members of UEB also discussed how the connections with Project Transform were being managed.
Funding for Project Transform was approved by University Council on October 21st.
Following this approval, a contract has been signed with Ciber who will be providing the supporting Oracle software and implementation support. Oracle and Ciber have previously delivered systems at a range of UK and US institutions, including the Universities of Cambridge, Derby, Manchester and Queen’s University Belfast.
With full backing and sponsorship from the University’s leadership, Project Transform will now move towards implementation in the UK, China and Malaysia. The first move from existing ways of working and systems will be completed by June 2015 with the implementation of ‘Enquiries Light’ and related processes. This will improve the way we support prospective students who are enquiring about the University.
Project Transform is the University’s global programme to change the way staff work together by redesigning current academic administration processes. More details can be found here.
Members of UEB discussed the University’s best approach to the Athena Swan process, at school, faculty and institutional level. The benefits of closer co-ordination with HR and the Equality and Diversity team were discussed, as was the growing importance of the award in research funding submissions. A strengthened approach is to be developed, for discussion at a future UEB meeting.
The Athena Swan Charter was developed to encourage and recognise those universities that show a commitment to women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.
Strategy 2020 was one of the topics of discussion at the UEB Away Day in mid-October. Led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, colleagues are now developing a roadmap for S2020 implementation. Through a small working group, work streams have been formed to support a portfolio of projects.
Members of UEB discussed key performance indicators and implementation, key themes of the Strategy, and communications to support its implementation.
New sports complex
Plans to invest £40m in a new sports complex have been announced.
The new complex, which will be called the David Ross Sports Village, is supported by a very significant commitment from Nottingham alumnus David Ross, taking his total support for the University over £10m.
The new development on University Park will help deliver a significant increase in sports participation at all levels – from encouraging children to experience a range of new sporting pastimes, through to the enhancement of elite performance at a national and international level.
Members of UEB discussed alternative arrangements to be put in place for graduation and exams once construction starts next year.
There has been a positive start for Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST). The Academy welcomed 106 students at the beginning of term, attracting 70 at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and 36 at Key Stage 5 (Post-16).
The first students at NUAST are due to move into the new academy building at Dunkirk Island on November 25th. Torch, the University’s educational partner, is continuing to provide support to the school management team and will do so over the start-up period.
Golden Jubilee reunion
Some 50 Nottingham graduates from 1964 gathered for a Golden Reunion event in the Trent Building on 11th October.
Alumni enjoyed guided tours of Trent and Portland buildings by current students, a welcome from the Vice-Chancellor, a talk on the history of the University by Professor John Beckett and afternoon tea at Nottingham Lakeside Arts during a very successful event.
An annual event to thank donors to the University attracted around 100 guests. Hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway, the visitors had a chance to meet scholarship recipients and other current students who have been helped by the generosity of donors.
New Executive Officer
Lisa Stocks is the new Executive Officer to the Vice-Chancellor and UEB. Lisa, who took up the post on November 3rd, was formerly the Business Manager in the Faculty of Engineering.
She has taken over from Sarah Hyde, who has a new job as Workstream Leader for Project Transform after more than four years of excellent work in the Executive Officer role.
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 Lisa Stocks. Comments can also be added below.