February 12, 2015, by Tim Utton

Update – 11 February

Recruitment of Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors

The University is recruiting five Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors. These new roles arise from the University’s Global Strategy 2020, which sets a bold and challenging agenda for the next five years and beyond.

Central to the delivery of this strategy is a new leadership structure for the University’s academic activity in the UK, with the creation of five Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors (for Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences). More information is available on Campus News.

Global Strategy 2020

Dr Tom Loya, Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance, presented a paper to UEB recommending proximate key performance indicators (KPIs) for Global Strategy 2020. The KPIs were revised and subsequently agreed by Council in January.

Measures will be regularly reviewed during the five-year period spanned by the strategy, to ensure they remain relevant and are adapted where necessary.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Members of UEB welcomed the results of REF 2014, which ranked the University 8th in the UK on a measure of ‘research power’. This measure takes into account both the quality of research and the number of research-active staff who made REF returns.

More than 97 per cent of research at the University is recognised internationally and the amount regarded as ‘world-leading’ increased from 18 per cent to 31.6 per cent. More information is available here.

Greenmetric world ranking

The University has been ranked number one in the world for third time in in a list of the most sustainable universities. Nottingham was ranked first out of 360 universities that took part in the Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities 2014, produced by the University of Indonesia.

The rankings take into account a wide range of criteria and there are 62 categories including green statistics, energy and climate change, waste management, transport and education around green issues. More information here.



UNMC update

Professor Christine Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, gave an update to UEB including expanding the size of the campus and details of increasing competition for students and staff.

Planning is well underway for 15th anniversary celebrations at UNMC, later this year. A programme of events is planned culminating with an event in September to coincide with the on-location visit by senior members of staff, Council members and friends of the University. Additional events will be planned to take place in the UK.

UNNC update

Professor Nick Miles OBE, Provost and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China provided an update. UEB members noted that four teams have been established at UNNC for work relating to Global Strategy 2020. UNNC has also committed to hosting the International Student Summit this year.

Other updates included a series of high-profile visits including the Head of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges of the Ministry of Education, Mr Chen, former Universities Secretary David Willetts MP, John Ludden of the British Geological Survey, and a visit by Professor Miles to the National Tsing Hua University.

New leadership at UNNC

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Miles OBE completes his term of office as Provost of UNNC on July 31st, and will be succeeded by Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement, who will become the new Provost from August 1st.

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Nick’s visionary leadership will leave a lasting legacy for past and future generations of students and alumni, and a secure platform to build upon. I am delighted Professor Rudd will be our new Provost. He is an experienced PVC with extensive knowledge of working in China. I am confident UNNC will go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

More information is available here.

International recruitment

UEB received a paper on international recruitment from Professor Hai-Sui Yu, PVC-International, Ms Harriet Matthews and Ms Helen Foster from the International Office.

The presentation highlighted increasing competition in this area and the range of challenges faced; also the work being done to maintain and grow Nottingham’s position, for example through the development of additional offerings for international students. UEB agreed a range of follow-up activities involving the PVC-International, CARO, International Office, and Marketing Communications and Recruitment.

VC/DVC visit to the United States

A recent visit of the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor to the USA was particularly successful with a number of actions to follow up. Professor Sir David Greenaway and Professor Karen Cox visited three universities – the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke – where they met senior staff to discuss higher education strategy and wider collaborative activities.



High Fliers report 2015

The latest High Fliers report on the employability of UK graduates ranks Nottingham in second place overall, behind the University of Manchester. This is line with the university’s key performance indicators in this area. More information is available here.

Students’ Union

Harry Copson and Chloe Averill of the SU Executive presented preliminary work on a potential redevelopment of the Portland Building, considering the needs of all relevant stakeholders. A full proposal will be brought to UEB in April 2015.

Among other issues discussed, it was agreed that the SU would work with the University’s International Strategy Board to encourage further take-up by students of the option to study abroad as part of their degree. The SU would consider the need to move Welcome Month activity from a focus at the Sports Centre to an alternative location on campus. Discussions also covered the Student Summit to be held at UNNC in Spring 2015, closer collaboration with the Careers and Employability Service, and more collaborative working around the National Student Survey.



Fire investigation report

The University has welcomed an official report into the fire that destroyed the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry in September 2014. The report found that the probable cause of the fire was an electrical fault on the temporary electricity supplies on the construction site. The report discounted any criminal act and was satisfied that the contractor and the University had been fully compliant with appliance testing and legislation and statutory fire safety requirements.

The report also endorsed the construction design methodology and materials as appropriate to meet both building and fire safety regulations that would be equally expected of a traditional build.

The University has officially thanked Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service for its work in keeping the community safe during the fire. The Chancellor, Sir Andrew Witty, presented the Chancellor’s Award to the Deputy Chief Fire Officer Wayne Bowcock at a ceremony on campus.

Presentation from Marketing, Communications and Recruitment

Kerry Law, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, gave a presentation to UEB on branding and positioning including focus for key activities through 2015 and beyond. Following feedback from UEB members, Ms Law then presented to University Council at its most recent meeting.

HEFCE postgraduate support scheme

UEB agreed to accept full funding to support postgraduate training offered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The focus of this funding will be targeted at a number of under-represented student groups. Administrative processes required to support this programme will be developed by May 2015.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

Members of UEB noted the paper from the Registrar, Dr Paul Greatrix, and Stephen Dudderidge, Director of Student Operations and Support, on the Counter-Terrorism Bill. UEB noted the good track record of the University in this respect and confirmed this is part of the University’s responsibilities towards safeguarding its students and staff. A formal response was prepared for submission to the Government.

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@nottingham.ac.uk. Comments can also be added below.

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