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Topic: Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk: thanks for taking part

📥  Let's Talk

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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 today at 11.15am

📥  Let's Talk

Our tenth Let’s Talk open staff meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bernie Morley,  is taking place today– Thursday 6 April at 11.15am.

We’ll be meeting in The Edge in the Arts Lecture Theatre. Doors will open 20 minutes before so that you can find a seat and we can start promptly.

Our topics for discussion today are:

  • our plans to boost PGT (Taught Postgraduate) student numbers and the development of new programmes and online courses to accelerate this
  • how we are engaging with our local community.

As always, part of the session will be dedicated to responding to your questions. If you didn’t send one in, you can ask it today.

There will be time for networking afterwards, together with the chance to view displays about the new gym in the STV and our Festival on 6 May

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the live-stream online or catch up later with the post-event recording; both will be hosted on the Let’s Talk web page.

 

Let's Talk tomorrow - doors open at 10.55am

📥  Let's Talk

Please join us at our tenth Let’s Talk all staff meeting tomorrow (Thursday), 11.15am to 12.15pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge.

Doors will open at 10.55am, so that we can start promptly at 11.15am - please arrive early to secure a seat.

The Vice-Chancellor will be joined on stage by Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who will be discussing:

  • our plans to boost PGT (Taught Postgraduate) student numbers and the development of new programmes and online courses to accelerate this
  • how we are engaging with our local community, including the Festival on 6 May.

Bernie will take questions relating to his presentation; and then, there will be the opportunity for general questions, including those sent in before the event.

If there isn’t time to cover all pre-submitted questions on the day, answers will be emailed and posted online after the meeting.

Do feel free to stay on afterwards to continue conversations over tea and coffee; senior managers will be on hand and pleased to chat about anything that you’d like to raise with them.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, the event will also be streamed live on the web and a recording posted on the Staff Homepage shortly afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Questions for Let's Talk by 4pm today

📥  Let's Talk

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their questions for our next Let’s Talk open staff meeting next Thursday (6 April) from 11.15am to 12.15pm, in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge.

If you’d like to submit a question in advance, there is still time. Please send it in before 4pm today by:

  • emailing lets-talk@bath.ac.uk
  • using the postcards and suggestion box in the Claverton Rooms
  • calling Ext 6920

You can also put your question at the event to the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and other senior managers who will be attending.

We’ll cover as many questions as there is time for on the day.

Answers to questions on any new topics not previously covered will be published on the Vice-Chancellor’s web pages after the event.

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Any more questions ahead of Let's Talk?

📥  Let's Talk, Let's Talk Q&A

Many thanks to those who have submitted questions ahead of our tenth ‘Let’s Talk’ all staff meeting which is taking place a week today on Thursday 6 April at 11.15am.

There's still time to send in questions in advance if you can't make it on the day.

If you have questions about increasing numbers of Postgraduate Taught students, how we are engaging with our local community or on any other topic, please feel free to:

  • email lets-talk@bath.ac.uk
  • call Internal Communications on ext 6920
  • send through the internal post to Internal Communications
  • use a postcard in the downstairs foyer of the Claverton Rooms

Please let us have your questions by the 4pm deadline tomorrow, Friday 31 April.

If there isn't time to answer all questions on the day, we will email responses shortly after the meeting.

The event will be live-streamed on the day and recorded so you can watch it afterwards if that's more convenient.

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Let's Talk about PGT numbers & engaging with our local community

📥  Let's Talk

Our next ‘Let’s Talk’ meeting is taking place in The Edge on Thursday 6 April, at 11.15am. All staff are invited to attend.

Following introductory remarks from the Vice-Chancellor, Bernie Morley, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost will lead discussions on how we are implementing our University Strategy, focussing on:

  • our plans to boost PGT (Taught Postgraduate) student numbers and the development of new programmes and online courses to accelerate this
  • how we are engaging with our local community including the Festival on 6 May.

Please ask questions on these or other topics at the event, or submit them in advance by:

  • emailing them to lets-talk@bath.ac.uk
  • calling Internal Communications on ext 6920
  • sending through the internal post to the Let's Talk Team, Internal Communications
  • using the postbox in the foyer of the Claverton Rooms.
Come to the meeting and ask your question in person, or send it in advance by 4pm on Friday

Come to the meeting and ask your question in person, or send it in advance by 4pm on Friday

The deadline for questions is Friday 31 March at 4pm.

 

 

Let’s Talk on Thursday 6 April in The Edge

📥  Let's Talk

All staff are warmly invited to our next Let’s Talk all staff meeting on Thursday 6 April, at 11.15am, in The Edge.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, will be joined on stage by Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost.

The event will provide an update on how we are implementing the University’s strategy, focussing in particular on:

  • our plans to boost PGT (Taught Postgraduate) student numbers and the development of new programmes and online courses to accelerate this
  • how we are engaging with our local community including the Festival on 6 May.

There will be the opportunity to ask any questions prompted by the presentation afterwards; and then we will open up to more general questions.

As usual, there will be refreshments in the foyer to continue discussions, and other senior managers will be on hand and pleased to chat about anything that you’d like to raise with them.

If you would like to submit a question in advance either on the topics we’ll be discussing or more general themes, please email it to lets-talk@bath.ac.uk, send it through the internal post addressed to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office or use the Let’s Talk post-box in the Claverton Rooms Foyer.

We look forward to seeing you in April.

 

Let’s Talk: thanks for taking part

📥  Let's Talk

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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📥  Let's Talk

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.