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1 Open Staff Forum June 2013 Welcome Open Staff Forum June 2013 Nicer pic of the welcome banners from 50 th anniversary

2 Agenda Update on preparations for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Investing in the future: People: senior staffing developments, new scholarships – PG and international, student applications & league tables Places: campus masterplan, campus developments Services: services (update on external partners) Technology: finance, HR & payroll, online & distance learning Will be covering QAA outcomes next week, after report published on Friday Open Staff Forum June 2013

3 REF 2014 preparations Lots of hard work by academic and professional services continues Seeking to enhance our reputational standing, both as University and for each subject area Decisions on inclusion of individuals & overall quality strategy being made during June Not a “one-size-fits-all” threshold – aim for best possible result for each academic unit of assessment More selective threshold than for RAE likely in most units Academic and professional services support appreciated as submission finalised in coming months Further info: Open Staff Forum June 2013

4 Investing in the future Strategic Plan – developed in discussion and wide consultation over the last year Ambitious goals for: Student growth Research growth Campus development Builds on discussions in schools and committees Document out for wider comment & discussion this month Open Staff Forum June 2013

5 People: senior governance development New Chair of Council – Chris Brodie Thanks to Simon Fanshawe stepping down after 8 years Will be appointing five new independent members of Council – normal part of three-yearly cycle, but opportunity to attract new governance talent & skills Open Staff Forum June 2013

6 People: senior staffing developments Appointing new Head of School for Global Studies, following Richard Black’s appointment as Pro-Director at SOAS Director of IT Services – Iain Stinson leaving at end of June – will have interim director in place, pending replacement Range of new professorial appointments (see next slide) including first Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair in Psychology – leading the new adoption research centre Bronze Athena SWAN accreditation achieved European Commission: HR Excellence in Research Award Open Staff Forum June 2013

7 People: Professorial appointments Spring 2013 Promotions Professor of Politics – Dan Hough Professor of Sociology of Education – Mairead Dunne Professor of Early Modern Studies – Matthew Dimmock Professor of Permafrost Science – Julian Murton Professor of Social Work Research – Elaine Sharland Professor of Environment and Development Fiona Marshall Professor of Strategy - Paul Nightingale Professor of The Political Economy of Education - Mario Novelli Professor of Economics - Andrew Newell Professor of Poetics - Keston Sutherland New appointments Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) – Michael Davies Professor of Mathematics and Physical Sciences - Peter Coles Professor of Mathematics - Michael Melgaard Professor of Strategy - Tina Ambos Professor of HR Management & Organisational Behaviour - Robert Livingston Professor of Mathematics - Charalampos Makridakis Professor of Biology - David Goulson Professor of Media Law - Christopher Marsden Professor of Physical Chemistry - Wendy Brown Professor of Environmental Law - Stuart Harrop Open Staff Forum June 2013

8 People: new academic starters (not including research-only staff) Open Staff Forum June 2013

9 Investment in new scholarships – supporting high-quality students (1) Undergraduate: First Generation Scholarships for 2012 – important to get this right in new fee environment Very effective – over 920 scholars receiving the £5k+ support. Another 340 first in family into higher education Latest WP numbers – over 23% in 2012, up from 21% in 2011 Home/EU offers for 2013 slightly down (-4.8%). Total application and offers still above 2010 levels. Important conversion work to reach targets Overseas applications up by 7% and offers up by 12% Open Staff Forum June 2013

10 Investment in new scholarships – supporting high-quality students (2) PGT scholarships: Sussex Graduate Scholarships – sector-leading. £3k for firsts, £2k for 2:1s, for 2013 entry, unlimited numbers Chancellor’s Masters Scholarships - £3k for firsts, competitive application from any other HEI. Total PGT applications nearly 12,500 (under 8,000 in 2010). Offers up by 8% for overseas PGR scholarships: Over 100 PhD scholarships on offer Home/EU applications holding steady – overseas doubled Open Staff Forum June 2013

11 League tables - change over time Open Staff Forum June 2013

12 Guardian 2014 – impact of 2011 graduate employment Guardian league table fall (as with others) due to: 2011 employment data – one-year drop 2012 NSS scores for assessment and feedback Action already taken on careers, and on structure of academic year Have seen improvement in 2012 employment data Improvement in feedback – eg 18 to 12 working days Expect recovery – but key is excellent student experience Open Staff Forum June 2013

13 Development of the campus estate (1) Masterplan supports continued significant growth Over next 5 years £185m to be invested: Biosciences building Library extension New teaching space Car park relocation Science estate investment Sports investment East Slope & Park Houses – residences externally financed (£200m) Open Staff Forum June 2013

14 Development of the campus estate (2) Specific developments already underway for 2013: Infrastructure works – eg new sewers (summer 2013) New building to house creche & nursery (by Dec 2013) Northfield phase 3 (by Dec 2013) Freeman building refurbishment for Law, Politics and Sociology (by summer 2014) ACCA development (by summer 2014) Also Co-op building in London Road for additional student accommodation Open Staff Forum June 2013

15 Developing services: external partners update External partners for facilities management and catering to help us to grow and deliver even higher quality services Latest developments: assurances given to transferring staff in relation to pensions, terms and conditions and access to Sussex facilities Summer 2013: preferred suppliers announced & TUPE consultation September 2013 transfer for catering and October 2013 for facilities management Open Staff Forum June 2013

16 Technology developments Finance system – continuing to enhance New Human Resources & payroll system – in place for 2014 to support better recruitment and mgt reporting New IT investments to deliver improvements in the student experience – eg:  E-submission and feedback – pilot for first years from Jan 2014  Better online signposting of information and advice  Enhanced PC provision for PG research students  Improved lecture recording across lecture theatres New academic year structure – review during Commitment to online learning and distance learning Open Staff Forum June 2013

17 Open discussion Open Staff Forum June 2013 Comments and questions? Please wait for microphone so all can hear – including those using the hearing induction loops

18 Open Staff Forum Thank you for coming today Colleagues have opportunity to attend Mon 17 June 9.30am Will also cover QAA outcomes Open Staff Forum June 2013


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