It’s over two years since Nancy asked me to help with the development of our new vision and strategic plan and I clearly remember the key message from our first meeting. This was not a document to be developed in a darkened room by a few people, rather it must be created by engaging as many of our people – staff, students, alumni and stakeholders – as possible.
Everyone should have equal opportunity to benefit from higher education if it’s right for them.
Museums are products of their age, reflecting the preoccupations, politics, obsessions and values of their time. They are not and never have been neutral.
Now that the new academic year is well underway, there’s a real buzz around campus. We all want our students to have as positive an experience as possible throughout the whole time they spend with us, as well as creating better processes and ways of doing things for our staff, saving us time and effort.
You don’t need me to tell you that mental health is a significant issue – approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year .
Professor Sir Cary Cooper answers Dr Julian Skyrme’s questions on the topic ‘Why should high performing organisations prioritise wellbeing?’
The results of the National Student Survey have now been released, with our University increasing overall satisfaction from 83% to 84%.
When we asked you for your Big Ideas as part of Our Future, one of the most popular themes you talked about was ‘how we do things’. You mentioned our processes and systems, but you also talked about our University’s culture and values.
In my last message I promised to share my New Year Resolution with you. Rather boringly, I resolved to do more exercise. Let’s just say it hasn’t been a total success.
The first four months in my new role have been hectic with so much to take in and learn, not least finding my way around campus!