Vice-Chancellor's Office

Updates and events both on and off campus

Topic: Let’s Talk

It’s today

  

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Make sure you set a reminder in your diary! 

Don’t forget to come along to Let’s Talk – taking place today at 3.15pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge. All staff are welcome to come and listen to the presentations from the Senior Team, ask questions and stay to chat to the Senior Managers afterwards.

The event will be finished by 4.15pm so we will not take more than an hour and this is a great chance to talk to our Senior Team as well as get together with other departments and hear about some of the work that takes place across the organisation.

If you are unable to make it in person, you can tune in to watch the live stream on the Let’s Talk webpage.

 

Let’s Talk about our University Strategy

  

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Tomorrow 3.15-4.15pm

The Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge or tune in online

Come along to hear from our senior managers

Let's Talk is your opportunity to hear from the President and Vice-Chancellor & other senior managers on the latest developments affecting the University, and to ask any questions.

Come along to hear from:

·         The President and Vice-Chancellor– introduction and welcome

·         Professor Jonathan Knight on progress with the Doctoral College

·         Professor Veronica Hope Hailey on her new role as Vice-President (Corporate Relations)  role

If you are unable to make it in person, you can tune in to watch a recording after the event on the Let’s Talk webpage.

 

Questions now closed

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Come along on to ask your question in person.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their questions for the next Let’s Talk taking place on Thursday 16 November at 3.15pm in The Edge.

If you didn’t have time to submit your question, please do come along to the event when the Senior Managers will be answering questions in person. Any questions not asked and answered on the day will be posted on the Let’s Talk webpage after the event.

 

Get your questions in by noon on Wednesday 8 November

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Less than 1 week left to submit your questions in for the next Let’s Talk.

Let’s Talk will be taking place at the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge on Thursday 16 November at 3.15-4.15pm. This is your chance to get your questions answered by the University leads.

Submit your question by emailing lets-talk@bath.ac.uk or drop your questions into the ‘Let’s Talk’ post box in the Claverton Rooms foyer by 12noon on Wednesday 8 November and even if we don’t get chance at the meeting you will receive an answer by email.

All questions and answers will be posted on the Let’s Talk webpage after the event. You can also click on the Let’s Talk webpage to see what questions have previously been asked at Let’s Talk.

 

Let’s Talk Exhibitors

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An opportunity to hear about further developments at the University.

Following the presentations from the Senior Managers and Q&As at the next Let’s Talk, on Thursday 16 November, there will be the chance to continue discussions over refreshments and find out more from exhibitors in the Foyer at The Edge. The exhibitors will be:

  • The Edge Arts – find out what events, shows and exhibitions The Edge have coming up.
  • Doctoral College –  following an update about progress with the Doctoral College at the event, delivered by Professor Jonathan Knight.
  • Research Excellence Framework - promotion in collaboration with the Impact team in Research and Innovation Services
  • Centre for Learning and Teaching - find out more about how it supports and enhance learning experiences for all at Bath, including the Bath Scheme.

Submit your questions by emailing lets-talk@bath.ac.uk by 12noon on Wednesday 8 November.

 

Let’s Talk about our University Strategy

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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 lets-talk@bath.ac.uk 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.

 

Let’s Talk: thanks for taking part

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Thank you to everyone who took part in our Let’s Talk meeting yesterday morning.

If you were unable to make it, you can now watch a recording of the meeting on the Let’s Talk webpage.

Please do take a minute to give us your views on the event if you attended or watched it online so we can develop and further improve our future meetings.

There were around 180 of us in the Arts Lecture Theatre for our tenth event, with another 270 watching online.

Dame Glynis, President and Vice-Chancellor, welcomed everyone before Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost, gave an update on the latest developments as we implement our University Strategy.

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Professor Bernie Morley gives an update on how we are implementing two elements of our Strategy

Bernie focused on plans to boost PGT numbers and enhance the experience of Postgraduate Taught students. He also talked about the many ways we engage with our local community, rounding off with a screening of the new promotional video for the Festival on 6 May.

Questions on the presentation on our Postgraduate Taught strategy sparked discussions on how new Distance Learning courses would work in practice, fees and funding, study space and accommodation, with queries on general topics covering everything from working hours to promoting our research internationally.

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A question from the audience

If you sent your question in advance and there wasn’t time to ask it, you’ll receive a response to the email address you provided.

After the meeting colleagues stayed for refreshments in the foyer of The Edge and took the opportunity to network and talk to the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the senior management team.

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The VC chats with colleagues after the meeting

There was a stand in the foyer with more information about the 6 May Festival. With three zones to explore, we’re hoping many of our staff, students, neighbours and friends will join us to celebrate our 50th anniversary. You can follow all the latest news at go.bath.ac.uk/bathunifest and share the event with family and friends via the Facebook event page.

 

Let’s Talk: thanks for taking part

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Thank you to everyone who took part in our Let’s Talk meeting yesterday.

There were 169 of us in the Arts Lecture Theatre with many more of you watching the event online.

Thank you to everyone who came along

Thank you to everyone who came along

Dame Glynis welcomed everyone and introduced the main presentations.

Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation), outlined the implications of Brexit for us as a University and the support being offered to colleagues without UK citizenship: “We are an international University, everyone is of equal value and deserves equal respect.

“When I joined I was struck at what a welcoming community this is and as a community we must support our colleagues who may be experiencing a difficult time.”

Richard Brooks, Director of HR, talked about our workforce, emphasising the enormous diversity of our staff and the range of skills they bring to making the University what it is.

Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), outlined the changes facing the sector, including the Higher Education and Research Bill, and how our new Centre for Learning & Teaching has been shaped to ensure we adapt and thrive in this new environment.

There were follow up questions on the presentations and on more general topics including Manvers Street and the role of professional services in our new Strategy.

If you sent your question in advance and it wasn't covered on the day, you will receive a response to the email address you provided.

If you were unable to join us, you can now watch a recording of the meeting on the Let’s Talk webpage.

Please take a minute to give us your feedback on the event so our future meetings can be developed and improved further.

 

Let's Talk recording now available online

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Thank you to everyone who took part in our Let’s Talk meeting yesterday.

The Arts Lecture Theatre was full to capacity and 290 people tuned in to watch the event online.

If you were unable to join us, you can now watch a recording of the meeting on the Let’s Talk webpage.

Please take a minute to give us your feedback on the event so our future meetings can be developed and improved further.

Dame Glynis introduced the main presentations, which saw Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) talk about the new project to develop our doctoral provision. This was followed by Diane Aderyn, Director of Finance & Commercial Services, who gave a detailed overview of the new developments on Campus and in the City that will significantly increase the space available on campus.

There will be more detail on both these areas published online in the coming days.

There were plenty of follow up questions from the room on a range of subjects from the challenges for professional postgraduates to the impact of Brexit.

This meant that there wasn’t time to cover your questions submitted in advance this time, but if you sent one in, you will receive a response soon and the Q&As will be posted online shortly.

Many colleagues stayed for refreshments after the meeting and took the opportunity to talk with senior managers and view the display of plans for Manvers Street and the Milner Centre.

We will be holding another Let’s Talk meeting in the autumn and we look forward to seeing you there.