begins on Universityís future
University is currently drawing up a strategic plan to
determine its future development over the next five years.
As part of a consultation process involving staff across
the University, a number of open meetings are being held,
laying out the current draft of the plan and giving staff
the opportunity to comment, question, and make suggestions,
before the plan is finalised.
the meeting on 31 October, the Vice-Chancellor Professor
Sir Alan Wilson said that there were substantial issues
which needed to be faced and the current strategic plan
included more changes than usual.
that academic development priorities were paramount, he
said that the University also had to respond to the governmentís
economic and social agenda.
higher education was better funded than under previous
governments, money was being targeted towards particular
areas. General funding for core activities had reduced,
and the University was also facing a freeze on funding
from the current research assessment exercise.
priorities under the strategic plan were identified as
- Learning and teaching, including student recruitment,
the development of new programmes and moves towards
a wider student base and electronic delivery;
- Research, particularly developments made possible
by SRIF, and the push by the University for a second
round of similar capital funding;
to the student experience and issues of widening participation;
development, including use of the money provided by
the HEFCE for rewarding staff, removing barriers to
career development and movement between areas, and
issues of staff workload;
in response to changes in student recruitment and
opportunities for third arm activities.
answering a number of questions, the Vice-Chancellor invited
further comments either by email to him, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors
or heads of departments.
second meeting will be held at 5.15pm on 13 November in
LT21 in the Roger Stevens Building. Please email email@example.com
if you wish to attend.
copy of the draft plan, and the powerpoint slides which
accompanied the Vice-Chancellorís address are available