Bad Day at HEFCE – Good one at Bath

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HEFCE announced on Wednesday that its Deputy CEO, Steve Egan, is leaving and will be taking up a new post at Bath as Vice President (Implementation).  I'd say that's ...

Bath 10 – 0 HEFCE

Eat your hearts out all you top-green-leaguers!  The Bath website noted:

The Vice-President (Implementation) role will catalyse institutional innovation and the implementation of University strategy.  Part of the senior management team Steve will engage with a wide range of internal stakeholders to effect corporate change, but will also have an outward-facing influencing role, co-ordinating policy input to government and national bodies and ensuring that we are positioned to exploit opportunities and respond to emerging challenges.  Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, said:

“We are delighted to appoint someone of Steve’s stature in the Higher Education sector to this vital new role.  Through his leadership, energy and experience, we have confidence Steve will shape and drive campus-wide policy and culture change projects, transforming any structures and business practices that could become a barrier to institutional success in a rapidly evolving, global Higher Education market.  His knowledge of the sector and the challenges and opportunities it faces are second to none. I’m very much looking forward to working with him.”

Meanwhile, HEFCE quoted its CEO, Professor Madeleine Atkins, saying:

Over the last 12 months, the HEFCE senior management team has been strengthened through the organisational changes that have taken place, and as a result, myself and the HEFCE Chair Tim Melville-Ross have decided to share the responsibilities of the Deputy Chief Executive among other Directors rather than making a new appointment to that specific role.  There will be some changes to reporting lines which we are currently working through, and we will update staff in due course.

What does all this mean?  Well, two things seem reasonably clear:

[1]  there will be even less emphasis on all that sustainability nonsense at HEFCE which is quite a triumph for the CEO

[2] whatever it is that Steve will be implementing at Bath, it won't be ESD.


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