Pro-Vice-Chancellors visits to departments now in train

The Pro-Vice-Chancellors have started their latest programme of visits.

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) and Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) meet staff in every academic department as well the Library and Sports over the academic year.

Prof Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation), said: “Our visits are designed to encourage a good flow of information between staff based in the departments and ourselves. We can update them on the latest news on strategy while they keep us up to speed on developments in their area.”

The visit to the Department of Chemistry on Tuesday 22 October was the second in their programme.

Discussions touched on the increasing importance of open access publishing, especially in relation to the REF (Research Excellence Framework), and how forming research institutes can expand the sphere of influence of our research from national to global.

The development of the Education Strategy was also discussed, with the aim of building on our areas of excellence such as consulting students and providing high value placements.

Discussion of internationalisation focused on the importance of concrete outcomes, such as international co-authoring of research papers and successful bids for funding . The recent visit to China by members of the department was highlighted as an excellent example of departmental staff contributing to and enriching our global partnerships.

The forthcoming announcement of a range of internationalisation funding awards was also mentioned - watch out for news on this soon.

See the full programme of visits here.

A schedule of visits by the Vice-Chancellor is also due to be published soon.

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