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Let’s Talk about our University Strategy

📥  Let's Talk

Thursday 16 November 3.15-4.15pm.

The Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge.

Come and find out about progress with the Doctoral College and the new Vice-President (Corporate Relations) role.

All staff are invited to our next Let’s Talk meeting taking place on Thursday 16 November between 3.15-4.15pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge.

The aim is to give you the chance to hear about key elements of the University Strategy from the senior team who are leading it and the opportunity to ask your questions.

The President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell will introduce the event, we will then hear from Professor Jonathan Knight on progress with the Doctoral College and from Professor Veronica Hope Hailey about her new role as Vice-President (Corporate Relations).

Following the presentations, the panel and others will then take questions.

Send in your questions

You can ask your questions at the event or submit them beforehand by emailing or the ‘Let’s Talk’ post box in the Claverton Rooms foyer by 12noon on Wednesday 8 November. If there isn’t time to cover all pre-submitted questions on the day, answers will be emailed and posted online after the meeting.  You can view previous Q&As on the Let’s Talk webpage .

There will be the opportunity to continue discussions over refreshments as well as viewing displays about what’s on at The Edge, further information about the Doctoral College and highlights of the research that is currently taking place at the University.

If you can’t make it on the day, a recording will be posted on the Staff Homepage afterwards. To access this, and recordings of previous Let’s Talk events, visit the Let’s Talk webpage.


VC visits Faculty of Engineering and Design Professional Services

📥  On campus, Visits to departments

The Faculty of Engineering & Design welcomed the Vice-Chancellor recently and showcased their use of digital technologies. Management, administration and specialist teams gave demonstrations on a range of new initiatives for student recruitment, exam setting and placements. The morning acted as a celebration for innovative practices and collaborative working across the Faculty in line with their new mission statement.

Dame Glynis enjoyed presentations from:

·       The Placements Team who explained how they match students and companies to ensure the best fit for both parties.

·       The Learning Technologists and Learning Enhancement Advisor who spoke about how they use the latest technologies to support academic staff.

·       The Graduate School who described how they now create and set exams using Moodle, rendering a complex and slow process much more efficient and secure.

·       The Marketing Team who demonstrated how they use augment reality through the Aurasma App and blogging to showcase student projects and experiences.

·       The Faculty Executive Support Office who exhibited new methods for keeping staff updated.

·       The Department Offices who talked about their social media channels.

Dame Glynis hears from

Dame Glynis hears from Yvonne Moore about the support they offer academic staff with using the latest technologies

Dame Glynis also spoke with the Faculty’s first Business Administration Modern Apprentices; Hajraah Qureshi and Mitch Rose. Hajraah demonstrated a social media training module she had developed for staff.

29026 VC Visit to Faculty of Engineering 21 July 2016. Ian Forster-Smith, Director of Administration for E&D, shows the VC around. Client: Ben Harris - Corp Comms

Sarah Sempala-Ntege and Beth Jones from the Marketing team with Iain Forster-Smith and the VC

Addressing everyone over tea and a specially commissioned cake, Dame Glynis said: “It has been fascinating to find out so much about the new things you are doing. I am especially keen to create opportunities to help people develop, and it is great to hear how well your Modern Apprentices have been doing.

“I would ask you to share your work with colleagues across the faculties and the School of Management.

“Collaboration and inclusion are key to establishing innovation as the norm. The sky really is the limit when you start to work with everyone across the University. What you do here is fantastic.”

29026 VC Visit to Faculty of Engineering 21 July 2016. Ian Forster-Smith, Director of Administration for E&D, shows the VC around. Client: Ben Harris - Corp Comms

The Faculty of Engineering & Design Professional Services team


Vice-Chancellor’s annual address to Academic Assembly

📥  On campus

Academic Assembly is the statutory body representing academic staff in the governance structure of the University. All staff in the Education & Research Job Family are eligible to attend.

The Vice-Chancellor attends at least one meeting each year to give her address. This year Dame Glynis attended the meeting on 5 May which was chaired by Dr Michael Carley.

Her address to Academic Assembly focused on research and, in particular, the need to compete in terms of research power and research intensity, as well as to increase collaboration with other institutions and across disciplines within the University.


Preview: VC's report to Senate - 4 Feb 2015


📥  On campus

The purpose of the VC's report is to update Senate with recent developments which affect the University.

1.             Research Excellence Framework

The University’s REF results are the best ever. This is a tribute to our outstanding academics who have proved their excellence in research as well as achieving the best results in the National Student Survey. We are in the top 10 of six of the 13 Units of Assessment in which we participated in the REF and in the top 20 in eleven. Colleagues in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering should be warmly congratulated for achieving first place in the ranking for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. A full report will be presented at the meeting. (more…)