Absolutely the best thing since my arrival at Manchester has been the daily discovery of more and more colleagues who are also devoted to ensuring that we support our students as they learn, gain mastery of their academic disciplines, build their many and varied student experiences, and juggle their often complicated lives. If that’s you, then regardless of your job title or where in our University you work, I’m delighted to welcome you to ‘Team April’, whether or not we have met yet.
When I’m out and about meeting staff I hear much debate about the why, what, when and how of change in our University. I wanted to share my thoughts on this often contentious topic – and hear your views too.
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.
The results of the National Student Survey have now been released, with our University increasing overall satisfaction from 83% to 84%.
In the Our Future consultation one of the strongest messages that came out from staff, students and alumni was the connection our University has to its city.
To be recognised globally as one of the world’s most influential universities it is vital that we embrace internationalism.
The University of Manchester has many great assets: a fantastic location in a vibrant and forward-thinking city; an attractive and evolving campus; a cosmopolitan and lively student population; and dedicated staff who are world-leading experts.
Over the past few months we have been talking to our staff, students, alumni and stakeholders about the purpose, ambition and vision for our University.
We are committed to being recognised globally for the excellence of our research; outstanding teaching, learning and student experience; and our social, economic and cultural impact.
In the UK, and more widely, universities have been in the firing line of late. Some commentators and much of the media have questioned the purpose, value and cost effectiveness of our higher education institutions.