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1 GSSSP School Meeting, December 2009 David Hayward 11 December 2009

2 Outline 1.Governance reforms and the "Cluster model” 2.School budget 3.School strategic plan Achievements 5.Acknowledgements 6.Questions RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 2

3 1. Governance reforms and the cluster model Extensive consultation and review –Began with interviews with senior staff during August leading to Executive presentation on August 24 –About to appoint of Heads of Academic Groups (“Clusters”) –Over 120 submissions and interviews –2 School Exec Working Parties and an Executive retreat –2 sets of agreed reforms: –administrative –structural –Administrative –Improvements to the organization of committees, meetings and information flows –School Executive now the centre of all decision-making – 5 subcommittees RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 3

4 Cluster cont Executive Learning and Teaching Research Staffing and Workload Staff Development OH&S and Equity RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 4

5 Cluster model cont. –Agendas require decision memos –focus on recommendations and actions –90 minute rule –Annual self-review –All papers and minutes now on intranet –Structural reform –Central concept: –A strategic benefit from linking Higher Education and TAFE disciplines with a research centre –In 3 groups that align with the University’s high impact analysis RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 5

6 Cluster model cont. Sustainability and Urban Planning Planning Environment Hamilton Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Global, Justice and Language Studies Global studies Criminal Justice Administration Justice Languages Translating and Interpreting Globalism Centre Social Work, Community Services, Social Policy Social Work Community Services Social Science Centre for Applied Social Research RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 6 Note 1. Youth Work expressed a preference to join Social Work, comm services and social policy Note 2. Names of groups are to be confirmed

7 Cluster model cont. New Executive: Dean, Deputy Heads (2), Heads of Group (3), School Manager, Non-professorial staff member Next steps: –Appoint Heads of Group (by Christmas) –Appoint non-professorial member of Executive (by end of February) –Finalise location of Youth Work (by February) A wonderful achievement Many thanks to: –Those who provided a submission –The School Executive for their professionalism RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 7

8 2. School budget RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 8

9 2. Budget 2010 RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 9

10 Budget cont. After the university gross contribution: The budget does not balance –Increase in gross contribution –Salary increase (EBA, Tenure tracks) Underlying deficit >$800k –Shortage of full-time staff in some disciplines due to unfunded staff leave (Social Science) –The need for a governance and HR capability within administration –The need for more administration support for critical discipline-based functions (CJA, E&P) We need savings of at least $600k RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 10

11 Budget cont. Options –Do nothing –A savings plan Principles: –Redundancies as last resort –School comes first –Strategic – university and School strategy drives the adjustment process – professional accreditation imposes a constraint –Fair (everyone adjusts but not equally – strategy comes first) –Cross-subsidies are transparent and agreed by all –Sustainable (the savings are on-going) –Timing: agreed savings by end of November RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 11

12 Budget cont. The savings plan agreed by Executive and now in place Disciplines: $160k Administration: $180k Car parking, catering: $30k Other: $90k Research: $120k TOTAL$580k Note : Despite the research savings, School support for research and centres will increase in 2010 by >11% RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 12

13 Budget cont. Some tough decisions People have been overwhelmingly supportive and constructive We are in excellent shape as we go into 2010 RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 13

14 3. School strategic plan The exciting task for 2010 The VC’s vision Our role in realising this vision –Who are our comparators? –Who are our competitors? –Where do we want to go? –How will we know when we get there? Where better to start than with our values? RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 14

15 Achievements Learning and teaching stars: –ALTC citations: –Pavla Miller and Rob Watts (ALTC Citations) –VC’s Awards –Julian Bondy –Cathryn Kriewalt, Belinda Johnson and Chris Davies –VC’s Certificates –Barbara White, Hiroko Ohashi, Michael Matuszynski, Xiaowen Fan, Dr Yi Jin and Mr Zhihua –Ms Christine Craik. –Reaccreditations – Social Work (Masters) Research stars –ARC winners –Jock McCulloch –Manfred Steiger –Paul James RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 15

16 Achievements cont. –Sarah Charlesworth –Guosheng Chen Rockefeller Foundation and Patricia Rogers (CASR) –$US93,800 for the planning phase of "EvalAdvisor", a Web tool for evaluating the effectiveness and impact of development programs. Book and publication awards –Adrian Howe –Jock McCulloch –Michael Buxton Books –Joe Siracusa –Kim Humphrey –Jenny Martin and Linette Hawkins Media stars –Paul Mees, Michael Buxton, Alan Pears, Ruth Lane, Julian Bondy RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 16

17 Achievements cont. Engagement stars –Globalism Centre (Regenerating Community Conference) –Youth Work (Human Rights Admin stars –Finance team –Kelvin Hoang (now permanent) –Mai Chaing –Alfred Ho Ming Wan –Karly Train –Just completed her Masters in Education –Jenny Morris and Daniel Teague –Just completed Diploma of Management Special mention: languages (very good student ratings and community engagement and in surplus) RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 17

18 5. Thankyou Barry Turner for his role as Discipline Head of T&I –Sedat Mulayim for acting as Discipline Head Manfred Steger for his role as Director of Globalism Centre –Thanks to Martin Mulligan for taking this over Gavin Wood for his role as Director of AHURI –Robin Goodman is new Director Enza Santangelo, Yiota Giannoulas, Mary Serafim for their contribution to the Business Development Unit Eric Porter, Louise Forthun for their contribution to the Instructional Design Unit Karen Linstrom for her OH&S role Executive team –Julian Bondy, Kim Humphery, Rob Watts, Joe Siracusa, Catherine McDonald, Judith Bessant, David McElgunn, Alan Ogilvie –Mark Newman (a special thankyou) RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 18

19 6. Questions RMIT University Global Studies, Social Science and Planning 19


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