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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: 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.

 

Answering your questions

📥  Let's Talk, Let's Talk Q&A

There wasn’t time to answer all the questions that were submitted prior to Let’s Talk at our event in November, so we’ve posted them on these pages. We’ve also summarised the questions asked on the day, together with the responses given.

Select from the following topics that were discussed at the November 2015 event (click the 'more' links at the bottom of the posts to see Q&As from previous sessions):