Update from Senate - 3 Feb 2016

The following issues were discussed at the recent meeting of Senate.

Vice-Chancellor’s report: The Vice-Chancellor gave a report on key issues for the University, including developing the new University Strategy and national developments such as reviews of research funding and the government green paper on ‘Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice’. Professor Lambert and Professor Grant also gave an update on the University’s response to the refugee issues in Jordan.

Student Admissions and Applications: Senate noted that the admissions cycle for 2015 had been very successful for the University. Registrations for campus-based undergraduate provision grew by 5.9% over 2014, for full-time taught postgraduate study by 12.3% and for full-time research programmes starting between August and January by 5.1%. Undergraduate applications for 2016 were also slightly up on 2015.

Student Surveys: Three reports were discussed - about the results of the HEA 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, Postgraduate Research Experience Survey and United Kingdom Engagement Survey. Actions being taken to improve the student experience were discussed.

Regulations – Senate approved a minor change to Regulation 16.1(d) to clarify the position of students who needed to suspend their registration when elected as a Students’ Union Officer. This will be updated online.

Academic year 2017/18: dates for the academic year 2017/18 were agreed. These will be available shortly.

Calendar of Committees: dates for committee meetings were agreed for 2016/17 and 2017/18, subject to approval by Council on 25 February.

Effectiveness Review of Senate: Senate agreed a process for its interim effectiveness review, with a questionnaire to be sent to members and other key internal stakeholders.

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