University News in Brief for Staff
 
Monday 10 October 2011 Events
 
 

World ranking rise
The University has climbed 28 places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings . We are now ranked 156 in the top 200 institutions, cementing our status as one of the top 1 per cent universities in the world. Exeter has done well across all THE indicators, covering teaching, research and knowledge transfer, but with particularly strong scores for international outlook and research influence.

£100m investment
At the staff celebration, the Vice-Chancellor announced a new wave of £100m for further capital development. Projects over the next 5 years include investment in learning spaces, IT, science, library books and sports. We anticipate a lot less campus disruption than the current £300m capital investment programme.

New academic posts
We are in the process of appointing around 50 more academic posts, adding to the 844 Academic staff (FTE) currently on the payroll. This is up from 656 academic staff who were here for the RAE in 2008. There are hopes to reduce pressure on academic staff and improve staff-student ratios with further recruitment to make 1,000 academic staff.

Financial update
Figures for the year up to 31 July 2011 show that the University’s overall income is £248 million (up from £227m the year before). Research income currently stands at £46.3m, well on the way to achieving the target of £60m. The recurrent surplus is looking healthy at £16.8m (risen from £12.8m last year), so has exceeded the £7m target set to release payment of the University bonus. Council will have the final decision on bonus pay, but senior staff expect payment to be made in time for Christmas.

USS Pension Scheme
All current active members of the USS Final Salary Scheme will receive a copy of a new guide via internal mail, or it can also viewed on the USS website. Should you not receive your copy, contact the pensions office on 01392 723084. USS say the new Career Revalued Benefits Guide for new members to USS (since 1 Oct 2011) will be issued soon.

Sea of tears
A new book by the Chancellor, Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE DL, has just been published by Frances Lincoln children’s books. Sea of tears is her first novel.

Business head
Professor Robin Mason is now Dean of the University of Exeter Business School, having been Acting Dean since May 1. He joined the Business School as Professor of Economics in 2009.

Student Campus Partnerships
Employability and Graduate Development (EGD) are launching a Student Campus Partnership (SCP) internship scheme. This week a series of drop-in launch lunches between 12-2pm are on: Mon10 Oct in Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham campus; Tues 11th in Queen’s Common Room, Streatham campus. EGD will be at St Luke’s campus on Wed 12th by appointment. To book contact Josie Turner or 01326 255964.

Bus boost
40% more people are coming by bus to the Streatham campus since the University has worked with Stagecoach and Devon County Council to improve the service. This includes financial support for the D and H Bus services and service enhancements including larger capacity buses. To accommodate the bigger buses, North Park Road (outside Geoffrey Pope) has become the main campus bus stop and the Peter Chalk Centre’s bus stop has been closed as it’s too small. See the University Map and Public Transport Guide.

More cycling
In 2010 the University invested over £100k in new cycle parking across the Exeter campuses. This, plus Cyclescheme and the wide spread distribution of cycle maps, has seen a 60% increase in the number of bikes parked on the Exeter campuses.

Invest to save
The Value for Money committee is seeking project proposals from all Colleges and services that can demonstrate real cash savings over a four year period. Savings will be kept within each college or service who are then free to reinvest them into other initiatives. Go online to provide basic information for an idea before 15 Oct. Queries to Deborah Judd, or 01392 725391.

Book retail
Blackwell’s are the preferred supplier for the new online book retail service planned as part of the Forum development. Negotiations will be taking place over the coming weeks to finalise all details. Blackwell’s are long term partners of the University and have been trading on campus since 1975. The new online service will continue to serve the needs of staff and students by providing books in an efficient and easy to access way.

AccessAbility
The Disability Resource Centre on the Streatham Campus has become AccessAbility, to reflect the aim of an inclusive and accessible environment rather than focusing on disability. Contact Hazel Went or see website.

Faster net
There are faster internet speeds on both Exeter Campuses thanks to a ten-fold increase in our internet capacity.

Exeter IT Self Service
A new simple Self Service web based support system allows staff and students to request IT service and support with more services to follow.

Ambassador recruitment
Student ambassadors are being recruited from across all three campuses to work on various outreach and recruitment events. Deadline 7 Nov.

Investors in People Review
The 3 yearly review of Professional Service’s Investors in People accreditation, will take place from 7 November. A briefing note to all Professional Service’s staff will be sent out in October, advising the full process, if you are selected for interview.

Human vs machine
The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is hosting the 2011 Loebner Prize, a worldwide contest that is the ultimate test of Artificial Intelligence. Students and staff are invited to watch the contest on Weds 19 Oct from 9am – 5pm in the Harrison Building and attend talks from industry experts.

Virtual Gym
The Sports Park, thanks to the Annual Fund, is providing free access to VirtualGym TV. It includes comprehensive health testing software and downloadable exercise classes.

Celebrate this October with an exciting programme of Black History Month events happening in Exeter and Cornwall.

Mon 10 Oct, 3-4.30pm
Egenis seminar
Dr Michael Morrison, Egenis: 'Diagnosis as justification for intervention: A case study of childhood short stature'
Location: Room GF7 Byrne House, St German’s Road, Streatham campus
Info: c.h.packman@exeter.ac.uk, 01392 725126

Tues 11 Oct, 1pm
Seminar
Associate Professor Carol Evans, University of Exeter: ‘Exploring the use of styles in educational instruction and assessment’
Location: BC114, St Luke’s Campus

Tues 11 Oct, 1pm
Christian staff network lunch
Location: Reed Hall, Streatham campus
Info: D.G.E.Smith@exeter.ac.uk

Tues 11 Oct, 3-4.15pm
Bridging the Gaps - Exploring the Use of Virtual Worlds for Interdisciplinary Research
Location: Harrison 3D lecture theatre

Wed 12 Oct, 2-2.45pm
Research Speed Updating
Location: XFi Lecture Theatre, Streatham campus or videolink at Peter Lanyon LT3, Cornwall Campus.
Contact: Kath Murphy

Mon 17 Oct, 2.15-5.15pm
Bridging the gap between scientific research, policy, and the quest for the right impact
Location: Poldhu room, Streatham campus

Mon 17 Oct, 3-4.30pm
Egenis seminar
Dr Richard Holdsworth, Egenis: 'Law, biology and culture'
Location: Room GF7 Byrne House, St German’s Road, Streatham campus
Info: c.h.packman@exeter.ac.uk, 01392 725126

Wed 19 Oct, 1pm
Lecture: “Climate change, health and the value of nature”
Professor Michael Depledge, European Centre for Environment and Human Health
Location: Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Education Centre, RD&E hospital, Exeter EX2 5DW

Wed 19 Oct, 1-5pm
Sustainability awareness afternoon
Location: Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Education Centre, RD&E hospital, Exeter EX2 5DW
Info: Tim Malone, tel 01392 406402

Mon 24 Oct, 3-4.30pm
Egenis Seminar: Dr Berris Charnley, Egenis
'Why didn’t an equivalent to the US Plant Patent Act of 1930 emerge in Britain?'
Location: Room GF7 Byrne House, St German’s Road, Streatham campus
Info: Egenis Communications Officer c.h.packman@exeter.ac.uk, 01392 725126

Tues 25 Oct, 11am-3pm
Careers and Placement Fair
Location: Great Hall, Streatham Campus

Tues 25 Oct, 2-7pm
Bridging the Gaps - End of First Year Review
4.30pm: Keynote talk by Professor Myra Strober from Stanford University: "Success and Failure in Interdisciplinary Collaboration"
Location: Poldhu room, Streatham campus

Tues 25 Oct, 5pm
Seminar: ‘What has morality to do with Religious Education?’
Dr Philip Barnes, KCL
Location: BC114, St Luke’s campus

Tues 25 Oct, 6-7.30pm
Paul Muldoon lecture: ‘The University as patron of the Arts’.
Paul Muldoon, renowned poet and founding chair of the Lewis Centre for the Arts at Princeton University. Hosted by the Arts and Culture Strategy
Location: Newman E lecture theatre, Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham campus with videolink to Daphne du Maurier building, Cornwall Campus.
Tickets are free but advance booking online essential.

Wed 26 Oct, 6pm
Paul Muldoon will read from his work
Hosted by the Centre For South-west Writing and The College of Humanities
Location: LT2, Queen’s building, Streatham campus
Tickets £5 available from the Phoenix box office, on 01392 667080, or on the door, and cost £5.00 - but are free to students of the university.

Thurs 27 Oct, 12-2
Elephants
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building
Register: Helen Butler

Wed 2 Nov, 9.15-11.45am & 1.45-4.15pm
Blood donation session
www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323
Location: Cornwall House, Streatham campus

Tues 8 Nov
PCMD Annual Academic Research Event
Speaker: Dr Richard Hamilton (Deputy Director of Research & Development) from Department of Health
Location: John Bull Building, Research Way, Plymouth.
Contact: Wendy Wilson

 

 
 
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