December 8, 2014, by Tim Utton

Update – 8 December

Project Transform

Andrew Kemp has been appointed as the new Programme Director of Project Transform. He will start in post on 5 January 2015.

The Project Transform team are now focusing on the launch of two key activities, Enquiries Light and Full Admissions in May/June and September 2015 respectively, and conducting town hall visits to Schools and administrative units as part of a programme of engagement.

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 on the Project Transform website.

HEFCE Capital Grant Submissions

The University has been successful in its application to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for a teaching capital grant of £4m for STEM subjects. The funds will be used to create multidisciplinary laboratories in Chemistry and at Sutton Bonington.

Higher Education Academy Fellowships

The University was also successful in its applications for Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships. Nottingham was awarded four Principal Fellowships and twenty-one Senior Fellowships.

Professional Services Quality Survey

Results of the Professional Services Quality Survey are available on the Strategy Support Centre website. The survey is a new approach to measuring and monitoring professional services at the University, informed by the views of colleagues who have used those services.

All University staff were invited to participate in the survey, which will be repeated at regular intervals to track changes over time. Each professional services team has now been asked to develop an action plan to improve the service they provide.

VC’s trip to UNNC and Hong Kong

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway, attended a Board Meeting at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China where discussions focused on sustainability. Discussions also included development of research noting that funding of RMB20m had been secured from the Chinese Government in support of the Nottingham Ningbo International Academy for Marine Economy and Technology.

The Vice-Chancellor held discussions regarding current construction work at UNNC, which included improvements to the Sports Centre and the new Conference Centre

.A Hong Kong alumni reception was extremely positive and very well attended, with 80 per cent of attendees from Nottingham UK and 20 per cent from UNNC.

VC’s visit to UNMC

The Vice-Chancellor also attended a Board Meeting at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Discussions included new third party accommodation on campus, which is scheduled to be ready for September 2015.

The Crops for the Future Board Meeting also took place during this visit – the first Board Meeting for the new Chair, Datuk Shukor.

A dinner was held at UNMC for university partners and alumni; discussion focused on the Asia Board membership and the Education Foundation.

Visit of Vice-Minister Guo

Members of UEB noted the visit of China’s Vice-Minister Guo Yezhou to the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies on 30 November.

The Vice-Minister gave a lecture to the assembled guests, which was followed by a dinner hosted by Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement.

Students in the Academic Community

The Vice Chancellor, Dr Paul Greatrix (Registrar) and Professor Alan Ford (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning) attended a student-led summit which considered the role of students in the academic community and how they are included in academic activities.

The event, held at the National College for Teaching and Leadership on Jubilee Campus, gave an opportunity for students and staff to come together to discuss topics in an open forum, with breakout sessions facilitated by Students’ Union and University staff.

USS Discussions

Further information has now been published on USS. The University’s position on USS reforms can be found on the Human Resources website.

Times Higher Education Awards

The University won ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2014.

A team led by Professor Harminder Dua, of the School of Medicine, identified a previously undetected layer of the cornea, the clear protective lens that sits in front of the eye. This new layer, named ‘Dua’s Layer’ in his honour, plays a vital role in making corneal transplant surgery safer and simpler for patients.

Professor Dua collected the trophy at the THE Awards in London on 27 November.

Senior Managers’ Conference

Strategy 2020, financial sustainability, student recruitment and research investment priorities are on the agenda for the next senior managers’ conference, due to be held at Eastwood Hall 18-19 December.

Other agenda items include women in senior roles, risk, transforming teaching and the student perspective.

New Director for IMH

Members of UEB welcomed the appointment of Professor Martin Orrell to head the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

Professor Orrell is currently Professor of Ageing and Mental Health at University College London. He also works as an Honorary Consultant and Old Age Psychiatrist and is Director of Research and Development at the North East London Foundation Trust. He replaces Professor Nick Manning and will take up his post in March 2015.

The Institute of Mental Health is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare and The University of Nottingham.

NUAST Opening

The first students at the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) moved into the new academy building at Dunkirk Island on 25 November.

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). Applications for the 2015 intake are already up on the current year.

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.

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