Preview: VC's Report to Senate - 13 April 2016

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1. University Strategy

Development of a new public Research Strategy and a new Learning & Teaching Strategy is continuing as part of the updating of the University Strategy. Consultation is ongoing with key stakeholders across the University.

2. International Engagements

2.1 Visit by the Chilean Ambassador On 8 February His Excellency Rolando Drago, Ambassador of Chile in the UK, visited the University.

2.2 Stellenbosch University Five academic members of the Department of Psychology visited Stellenbosch University from 22–25 February to develop research collaborations. From 29 February – 1 March the Dean and colleagues from the School of Management hosted delegates from the University of Stellenbosch Business School for the first of two international research workshops titled: Contributing to Inclusive Development in Europe and Africa: The Role of Business Schools.

2.3 Malaysia The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) was in Malaysia 22–24 February to meet with the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. The University of Bath formalised its relationship with USM by signing a MoU with them during this visit.

2.4 Visit by the Peruvian Ministry of Education On 3 March the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) hosted a roundtable meeting with the Director General and Special Adviser in Public Policy from the Peruvian Ministry of Education. The visitors met with colleagues from the School of Management, the Institute for Policy Research, the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies and the Department of Education.

2.5 Turkish-British Tatlidil On 11-13 March the University hosted a Turkish-British Tatlidil forum which was attended by the Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Mehmet Şimşek.

3. Visits to Departments
Since my last report I have visited the Careers Service on 17 February and Marketing and Communications on 1 March.

4. Other University news

I particularly wish to draw the attention of Senate to the following developments since our previous meeting:

4.1 Professor Carole Mundell has been named Woman of the Year in the 2016 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards.

4.2 Professor Hugh Lauder has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

4.3 Professor Nick Brook has been appointed Dean of Science from 1 August 2016 (Dean-designate from 1 July 2016).

4.4 The University will receive more than £4.5 million EPSRC funding towards supporting doctoral training and quantum technologies research.

4.5 Recent significant grant awards include:

Description  Funder Principal Investigator £Amount
Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage for Low Carbon Dwellings ESPRC Dr Andrew Shea 285,047
Enabling Next Generation Lithium Batteries EPSRC Professor Saiful Islam 796,673

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