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All-staff meeting February 2017

All staff meeting 15 February 2017

We held our term 2 all-staff meeting on 15 February in the new Oculus lecture hall. If you weren’t able to join us, here’s a summary of what was discussed, and some key questions where we’d value your comments:

Teaching and learning

We’ve recently completed our Institutional Teaching and Learning Review (ITLR). This was an enormous effort and a major project for University staff and students. The reports and recommendations are now being prepared and the next step will be Faculty-level reviews in March.

We’ve submitted our response to the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), along with the vast majority of universities and registered HE providers in the UK. Stuart’s comments on the TEF were published in the Times Higher Education. There is much to consider on what this new, untested, much criticised assessment of our education standards means for Warwick.

The 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) is also underway. We are actively encouraging Warwick students to participate. Partly, this is because we know NSS results are considered as part of TEF. More importantly, we want to understand the key areas where our students say they want to see us improve.

Brexit

As Government negotiations continue, we have held one immigration briefing for non-UK European staff, and plan to facilitate an immigration application document checking service and to hold more briefing sessions in the coming weeks.

University statutory reform

As colleagues will know from Stuart’s letter in December 2016, we are continuing to review the University’s statutes and ordinances to simplify and modernise them, with particular focus on Statute 24, which currently governs the terms of employment for academic staff. There will be a further update on this shortly. We are also reviewing the Assembly following feedback in the latest Pulse staff survey.

University Strategy

Jo Horsburgh, Strategy Director, gave an overview of the development and progress of our strategic goals, last refreshed in 2014, focusing on the core goals of enabling our students to succeed, and delivering world-class research, and the enabling goals of securing our global positon, engaging our communities, championing social, cultural and economic growth and securing and securing our future sustainability that support these.

Given how much has changed in our regional, national and global context since we last defined our strategy, there is now work underway to engage with the University community to articulate our vision for Warwick’s long-term future. We discussed priorities and implementation plans for the next two years, and the steps and engagement plans in place to look at our aspirations for the next 20 years. This is all captured in the presentation slides (PDF Document) from the meeting.

Master-plan

We are all surrounded by the continuing evolution of the University campus, including the Wolfson-funded Mathematics building.

Alongside our strategic vision, we have started exciting work to begin to consider how our campus might look in the next 20 years; how we update existing space and buildings, how we develop to build on and reflect Warwick’s values, how we ensure access and infrastructure that works for our neighbours and our campus community, and how we most effectively design a campus that supports and drives our ambitions. See our considerations so far (PDF Document).

Feedback

We’d welcome your feedback on the meeting and on potential topics for future staff meetings

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