Dame Glynis recently spoke to Times Higher Education about the newly-created role of Vice-President (Implementation).
Professor Tony Miles, Head of Department, gathered a group of staff including the Department Executive Committee and recent academic appointments to welcome the Vice-Chancellor on her latest visit.
Tony gave a detailed overview of the department including the recent Industrial Advisory Board and staff awayday, which focused on meeting the department’s future challenges. These included the REF2020, teaching activities and priority areas such as increasing the number of women in engineering.
He emphasised that while the department was pleased with the outcome of REF2014, there was no room for complacency and staff needed to ensure that they remained focussed.
The Vice-Chancellor congratulated colleagues on such "an analytical view of the challenges and solutions for REF performance".
Two of the department’s recent academic recruits then put their research in the spotlight. (more…)
Michael gave a whirlwind overview of the department, its strategic aims and its future strategy before introducing colleagues to give brief presentations on their work across learning, teaching and research.
Dr Javier Rivas, Director of Research, presented the new Research Reward Scheme in which the department has created their own model in order to support world-class research activity and impact. (more…)
A collection of our rising stars of research came together in the Council Chamber to give an insight into their work at the fifth annual Vice-Chancellor’s Research Day.
Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) introduced the session as “a celebration of our research and a glimpse of the future.”
Dr Ceri Brown, from the Department of Education, challenged policymakers’ assumptions about the value of sanctions such as fines to improve school attendance and highlighted the challenges for school children in poverty.
Dr Jonathan du Bois, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering presented on hybrid testing, a technique for coupling computer and physical simulations that allows subcomponents to be removed from complex setups - like a helicopter - and tested in the lab across a range of conditions. (more…)
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…)
Dame Glynis learned more about human resources, staff development, health & safety and even finger painting on the last of her departmental visits of 2014.
Pauline Young, Childcare Services Manager, began the visit to Human Resources in the Baby Room of our busy Westwood Nursery. The Baby Room takes children from six-months-old and on the day of the visit was full of enthusiastic pots and pans percussionists.
Harriette Perkins, Nursery Room Leader, then introduced the children aged 18 months to three years who were busy finger painting. Dame Glynis got a chance to join in the fun in the Pre-School Room when she was given ‘stirring duties’ by two little boys making cupcakes. Tara Cook leads the room which offers more focused play to help the older children prepare for school. (more…)
Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation), Professor Colin Grant, welcomed an academic delegation from Zhejiang University to our campus on Monday 8 December.
The Zhejiang University delegation was led by their Executive Vice President, Professor Yonghua Song, and consisted of academics from Engineering, Pharmacy & Pharmacology and International Relations.
The visit was aimed at consolidating relationships in two key areas, Electonic & Electrical Engineering and Pharmacy & Pharmacology. The visit included an inaugural joint scientific workshop titled ‘Future Electrical Power System Research’, led by Professor Furong Li, from our Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. (more…)
The penultimate department visit of 2014 began with the Vice-Chancellor joining around 50 staff from PoLIS for tea, cakes and a chat in the newly revamped 1 West building.
Dame Glynis mingled with colleagues including International Studies staff Dr Ainius Lasas and Teaching Fellow Arash Heydarian Pashakhanlou, who was due to receive his PhD the following week; and Drs Elena Trincanato and Adalgisa Giorgio, from the Italian Studies team, Isabella Stefanutti, Course Director in the Foreign Languages Centre and Irena Holdsworth who coordinates the Routes into Languages initiative.
Professor Charlie Lees, Head of Department, formally welcomed the Vice-Chancellor before introducing presentations that showcased the breadth of work undertaken by the department: (more…)