Reporter 414, 9 February 1998
Over the last few months many of you will have contributed to your resource centres annual plan. If you were, then you will already know that this year the planning request from the Departmental Support Unit set out a new format for these plans. However, this is only one part of a major change to the academic planning system, to mirror changes in financial planning.
The new planning system is part of last years academic restructuring. It has a number of key aims:
a clearer structure for plans they divide into separate sections on the resource centre and on its research and teaching strategies, and each section can be revised separately;
a close link between plans and budgets plans have to fit within the agreed budget but can highlight priorities which cannot be funded within current allocations;
explicit links between resource centre plans and the Corporate Plan the Corporate Plan will be finalised late in the cycle to reflect the overall planning and objectives of the University as a whole;
extensive involvement of new Boards, through Academic Development Committee many more people are involved in reading the plans, commenting on them, and feeding back advice to resource centre heads; this also creates more opportunities for new and interdisciplinary ideas to emerge;
ADF bids linked to plans so that investments in the best academic ideas and highest priorities also support resource centre objectives.
More information and copies of all planning circulars will be made available by DSU on the Universitys Web pages.
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