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Senior Officer Restructure

Message from the Registrar

You will all be aware by now that Paul Greatrix, Deputy Registrar will leave us in December to take up the position of Registrar at the University of Nottingham. Rosemary Gilmore, Director of ITS is retiring and Donald Beaton, Director of HR left during the Summer to become Secretary at Kingston University.

Whilst change can be disconcerting it always provides opportunity and I am writing to let you know of some slight amendments to structure and personnel arising from the above departures:

  1. Advertisements have now been placed for the vacant positions of Director of HR and Director of ITS. I hope to announce appointments before the end of the calendar year. The management of the Centre for Academic and Professional Development (formerly CAP) and of Safety and Occupational Health will now revert back to the Director of Human Resources from the Deputy Registrar. Sue Bennett has been appointed Director of the Centre for Academic and Professional Development (CAPD) and will join us on 6th November. Sue is currently Staff Development Manager with the Two Shires Ambulance NHS Trust.
  2. Bob Wilson, Director of Estates will become the Acting Deputy Registrar and will take on the oversight of the CRAG activities on my behalf. Whilst Bob will continue as Estates Director (and so perform a dual role) there will be a “mini-review” of the management structures in Estates to ensure that there is sufficient capacity and that our Campus Development Planning activities can continue unhindered
  3. Ian Rowley, Director of Communication will retain his existing role but will also undertake key projects for and with me which will, on occasion, take him outside of his main line brief
  4. Ken Sloan, currently Director of Corporate Services at NAGTY will join the Senior Officer Team as Director of Campus Affairs in January 2007. Amongst his other duties, Ken will be the principal point of contact with the Students’ Union And will be the primary link with administrators in Academic Departments.

We are, of course, in a challenging position with respect to the final 10 months of the existing NAGTY Contract. Ken will continue to play a part in completion of the University's responsibilities re the NAGTY contract as well as contributing to proposals regarding the development of future work in gifted and talented education.

As you all know, the administration is a unified team with a common approach to delivering corporate strategy on behalf of the University's Academy. For example, recognising Paul’s key role in preparations for RAE 2008, Cathy Charlton, University Secretary has agreed to work with me, Nicola Owen, the Director of Academic & Student Affairs and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor to ensure that we prepare as actively as we can for RAE 2008.

Clearly, the new appointments in HR and IT will provide an opportunity for me to reassess the precise disposition of duties and roles as we enter a new calendar year in 2007. In that context, whilst David Law has readily absorbed and developed his responsibilities as Director of the International Office, I am conscious of some confusion between the role he occupies as Academic Registrar given, particularly, the responsibilities of the Director of Academic & Student Affairs. I am discussing this with him. I will also continue to review “third leg” activities noting particularly that developments in Warwick Ventures will require more active senior management involvement in the months ahead.

Jon F Baldwin