Vice-Chancellor update - September 2018
With the start of a new academic year, Sue's thoughts turn to the future for our students and staff
At last the campuses are coming to life again as the summer draws to a close. I know some teaching persists through the summer, and we welcome a host of visitors here for short courses, but there is something special about the beginning of the academic year. After 30 years as an academic I still get a buzz, and a slight sense of apprehension, at this time of year.
This year we're introducing semesters for first and second years and this will present us with an interesting autumn. There are bound to be niggles and a degree of de-snagging to do, but it is also a chance to flex our new curricula and try out the exciting new teaching that we've developed so painstakingly over the past two years. We should have every confidence that our arrangements will work well, and also full confidence in our outstanding professionalism if the odd thing doesn’t go to plan.
We have a busy autumn ahead across the board, with work to further improve the student experience crossing all areas of the University, from bus timetabling to academic support. I also expect to see many more students and staff enjoying Newton Park Main House, with more activities scheduled in our ground floor rooms and a new café in prospect before Christmas. My vision for this change is to make Main House the heart of our community, with reasons for all staff and students to spend time there over the year.
We'll also kick off our work on the development of our new strategy, which will take us to 2030. I hope you'll all be involved in that work; it will only work if we take time to talk and think about who and what we are and where we want to take the University in the next decade. We'll be working on a wide range of opportunities to engage. Not least, feel free just to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) any ideas or thoughts that you may have.
Our mock REF will take place over the next few months, and will give us the opportunity to finesse our individual and collective submissions for that exercise. Research and enterprise are a quiet success at the University, and we have picked up both significant financial support for our research but also metrics of esteem over the last year.
And on a final note around marks of esteem, heartfelt congratulations to Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, for her award of a National Teaching Fellowship. Richly deserved!
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