The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) has approved the University of Exeter’s plans for widening access. The access agreement sets out the University’s targets for attracting more students from a wide range of backgrounds. In 2012/13 it will spend £5.5 million on financial assistance - this will help to support almost one-third of new Home/EU undergraduate students. It will also spend £1.15 million on outreach activities. By 2015 the amount spent on financial assistance will have almost doubled to more than £10.3 million.
Online book tender
The University is changing the way books are sold on campus and a tender document has been released to source a supplier who will be responsible for the supply and sale of academic texts and related services once the Forum opens next year. To find out more about the tender and the changes in delivery of this service see the staff webpages.
Top 10 consolidated
The University’s climb in all major higher education league tables has led to us reaching the top 10 of the ‘Table of tables’ published by Times Higher Education. The magazine describes us as “one of the big winners”. The Sunday Times ran a piece on a new ‘Ivy League’ of UK universities. Their list of top 10 universities in terms of the number of AAB applicants includes Exeter in sixth place.
Graduation ceremonies run from 17-22 July in Exeter and on 25 July in Cornwall and will be live streamed online. Our twelve Honorary Graduands have made a significant contribution internationally and locally. Staff are invited to submit nominations for next year’s Honorary Graduates.
Invites will be sent later this month for the staff celebration, now set for Thurs 22 Sept from 3-5pm. We will be celebrating re-achieving top 10 status and the Vice-Chancellor's knighthood. This event will also launch the Staff Association and serve as a thank-you to staff for continuing to provide a top 10 service despite the inconveniences of the capital programme.
The Government has now published its Higher Education White Paper and set up a website for consultation. The paper promotes student choice and provision of more transparent information for students and their families. It proposes changes to the regulatory framework and a move to a more flexible funding system. Consultation closes 20 Sept.
Nominations of research projects are now being sought for the inaugural Exeter Impact Awards. The awards will showcase research to other academics, collaborators and the wider public, and culminate in a celebration event in December. All staff and students are welcome to submit projects online before Fri 30 Sept.
New CSSIS dean
Professor Robert van de Noort is to become Dean of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, following a global search. The appointment is effective 1 August. Professor Debra Myhill will continue as Acting Dean until then and as Associate Dean (Research) thereafter.
Exchange turf cutting
The official start of construction on The Exchange, a £10 million building at the heart of the Cornwall Campus was celebrated by the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth on 23 June. The building is due to be complete for the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year.
ESI business engagement
The launch of the Knowledge Exchange Strategy of the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) was held on the Cornwall Campus on 5 July. More than 100 business representatives joined senior staff and colleagues from the ESI and RKT to discuss the creation of an environmental knowledge economy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Read more in press release.
Corporate Services has received re-accreditation of the nationally recognised Customer First Standard. This involved examining 30 aspects of customer service and undergoing an external assessment to benchmark against national standards.
Congratulations to the Students’ Guild for being awarded Investors in People Bronze for 2011.
Event Exeter are offering staff, their family and friends discounted bed and breakfast on the Streatham Campus this summer. Holland Hall rooms are £35.95 (single) £53.95 (double) until 21 Sept. All rooms are en suite. Enter code ‘summer11’ when booking online or contact 01392 215566 or email Event Exeter.
The StreetWise newsletter is produced each term to update Exeter residents with positive news, events and University contacts. Local staff may also find the online version useful. Contact Rory Cunningham, Community Liaison Officer with comments or article suggestions.
The second community survey has been issued to local Exeter residents. It asks questions about the University's community engagement activity and issues that affect residents, including staff, who live in the city. Fill it in online before 15 July.
If you are holding an event which University alumni can attend, it can be publicised in the dedicated section on the alumni webpages. The Development & Alumni Relations Office also produces a bi-monthly e-newsletter of relevant news and stories, which is sent to 30,000 alumni. Contact Michelle Dowell or Jo Cole in DARO for more information.
Emeritus Professor Joyce Youings died on 28 June. She was the first woman to hold a Chair at the University of Exeter and was also the first woman to serve as a Head of Department, leading History.
Bookmark a new organisational development blog for articles on organisational activities including the ‘Deliver more with less’ project, internationalisation, PDRs, change, and professional standards for learning and teaching. Feedback to Dr Claire Lambert.
Break the habit of eating at your desk with free lunchtime walks for staff around Streatham campus. Meet at noon on Mondays or 1pm on Wednesdays at the Peter Chalk centre, wearing comfortable shoes.
Some Email Top Tips have been drawn up on secure email communication. This arises from cautionary tales such as a public authority being fined £120,000 for emailing sensitive personal information to the wrong recipient.
Thu 14 – Sun 17 July
Conference: British Society for History of Science annual meeting
Location: Queen’s building, Streatham campus
Mon 18 – Tues 19 July
Course: The Design and Delivery of Low Carbon buildings
The Centre for Energy and the Environment at the University is running a two day postgraduate level CPD course on the performance of low carbon buildings and the integration of low carbon energy systems, with the aim of reducing business risk. This event is supported by the South West Environmental iNet.
Bookings: email@example.com 01392 726142
Location: The Architecture Centre, Central Bristol
Thurs 21 July, 14.00-17.00
Workshop: Complex interventions – evaluating them and synthesising evidence on their impacts Professor Mark Petticrew (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine); second workshop for the Creativity in an Interdisciplinary Context project supported by Bridging the Gaps.
Register: Helen Butler or 01392 726208.
Location: Poldhu Room, Kay Building, Streatham
Thurs 21 July
Meeting: Communicating climate change
Led by Dr Will Stahl-Timmins
A new interdisciplinary forum at the European Centre for
Environment and Human Health. The forum aims to encourage research collaborations
between climate and environmental scientists, communicators, health/psychology
researchers, and design/media educators and practitioners.
Location: Knowledge Spa, room G09, Royal Cornwall Hospital
Truro, TR1 3HD
Thurs 21 July, 7.30pm
Amadeus Orchestra at Exeter Cathedral
Sat 30 July, 7.30pm
Swinging at the Cotton Club
Location: Exeter Northcott