March 25, 2018, by Kevin Shakesheff

RIS, BUCS and Staff Engagement

BUCs Big Wednesday Launch Dinner

The Research Information System project is reaching a busy and important point in the very long process of launch. It’s been a difficult project to sponsor as it replaces a number of systems that have been embedded in the Uni for many years. This week I demoed the next functionality (especially for outputs and REF) and will complete 7 workshops across UP, Jubilee, SB, Derby and City Hospital locations for University staff.

I hosted a couple of dinners. The first was the BUCS Big Wednesday Launch at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday evening. Hosting Big Wednesday is a huge task for the University and confirms our standing in UK University Sports.  The second dinner was the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce dinner as part of my Civic and Regional role for the University.

I’ve completed the first round of staff engagement meetings with all Schools and will produce a summary for all staff and UEB. This week’s meeting with Psychology was well attended and the School has generated a good action plan. Vocal criticism of the Faculty (my) approach to low morale of staff and PDPR process.

Monday 19th March

RIS Board Meeting

Video for PDPR e-learning module

Faculty REF team meeting


Tuesday 20th March

Meeting with mentee from Research Leaders Programme

Faculty EDI Committee

Staff Engagement meeting with Psychology

Europe Committee

RIS Roadshow (UP)

Hosted and introduced BUCS Big Wednesday Launch Dinner


Wednesday 21st March

Meeting with Chemistry, Pharmacy and Estates to discuss lab space

PDPR meetngs

RIS Roadshow (Jubilee)


Thursday 22nd March

Tutorial for 4th year MPharm students

Board meeting for Locate Therapeutics Ltd

Planning call for New Horizon Programme (City Council programme for rising stars in their structure)

Meeting with Rachel Atkin to discuss student recruitment

Hosted East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Dinner (Roundhouse, Derby)


Friday 23rd March

Research meetings all morning

Meet with Mike Carr (PVC Employment and Engagement) from NTU to discuss closer working.

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