Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

I have not posted a blog since October last year, an unusually long gap between posts, but for good reason. November was something of a wipe-out. Between visits to UNNC and UNMC we had to pack in everything possible because of what was coming in December. And what was coming for me was my first …

New Leadership for Strategy 2020

During this academic year we have undertaken a comprehensive review of senior management arrangements, partly to ensure we have appropriate resource in place to meet the University’s needs, partly to ensure we have clarity on accountabilities, and partly to improve the connectivity between ‘the centre’ and Schools / Professional Services. The review benefitted from some …

Staff Forums, Again

I had intended writing about the recent cycle of Staff Forums before now, but things have been a bit pressed! I hosted eight Forums in late March / early April, at venues on University Park, Sutton Bonington Campus, Jubilee Campus, King’s Meadow Campus, Queen’s Medical Centre, City Hospital and Derby Royal Hospital. They were extraordinarily …

VC Staff Forums — looking forward to seeing you there

Every year I host a series of open Staff Forums, at eight different locations across our Campuses. Their purpose is very simple: to engage with as many colleagues as possible, offering an opportunity for Q&A on the headline topic, or indeed any topic. My 2015 Forums will all run in the second half of March, …

Strategy 2020: Have Your Say

Last summer I asked our Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen Cox, to lead a major re-think and re-articulation of our Strategy. This ‘Strategy 2020’ work Professor Cox is leading is comprehensive and exhaustive, and continues to involve very extensive consultation and engagement. In one sense this is ‘zero based’ in that it starts with completely fresh …