University News in Brief for Staff
 
Wednesday 24 August 2011 Events
 
 

Campaign success
The campaign: Creating a world-class University together has been a great success, with more than 1,000 alumni volunteering time for the University and our students – clocking up more than 7,000 hours. It has also raised nearly £2.5m above the target of £23m. In addition, more than 200 people have pledged to remember Exeter in their will. As a result of this success the volunteer programme will continue and the campaign – led by DARO - has been closed one year earlier than planned.

Student satisfaction
The University is once again in the top 10 for student satisfaction, according to the 2011 National Student Satisfaction (NSS) Survey. We rank 8th out of 118 UK higher education institutions for overall satisfaction. Exeter has maintained its top 10 position every year since the survey was launched seven years ago. We now rank 4th in the country for student satisfaction around the quality of our teaching, up one place from last year.

Staff celebration
You should recently have received a letter inviting you to a Staff Celebration and launch of the staff association on Thurs 22 Sept, 3-5pm. This is a reminder to ask you to RSVP so that we can cater accordingly.  If you haven’t received your letter but would like to attend please also RSVP.

Hon Grads
The nomination process for next year’s Honorary Graduates is underway, staff are invited to submit nominations online before 23 Sept.

Green Flag
The Exeter campuses have received the prestigious Green Flag Award this year, one of only four UK universities to do so. The award reflects the hard work that the 31-strong team puts in to maintaining the grounds, nursery and outdoor sports facilities to the highest standard. An  online competition will determine this year’s ‘people’s choice’ – vote for our campuses.

Campus / Finance Services
Corporate Services ceased to exist on 31 July and the constituent parts of the Service were absorbed within either Finance Services or Campus Services. Campus Services will continue to be led by Geoff Pringle who will take on a more senior position. Finance Services will continue to be led by Jeremy Lindley until his departure on 2 January to be Managing Director UK/Europe for INTO. Margaret Laithwaite will then become the Acting Director of Finance. Quality and Training will continue to be managed by Jeremy Lindley for an interim period. The Corporate Services webpages will be updated soon to reflect these changes.

International Funding Opportunities
As part of the International Exeter initiative, funding is available to develop and expand relationships with world-class universities and recruit international students. 50 Outward Mobility Academic Fellowships worth up to £5,000 each, are available to faculty to engage with partner universities overseas. 20 Visiting International Academic Fellowships, worth up to £3,000 each, aim to attract world-class scholars to the University for a period of two weeks, subject to visa requirements. International Recruitment Awards support the recruitment of international students.

Impact Awards
Nominations are now open for the inaugural Exeter Impact Awards. These high profile awards will showcase excellence in generating impact through research across seven categories, culminating in a Gala Dinner event attended by academics, collaborates, and key stakeholders in December. Please submit projects online before Fri 30 Sept.

Services Help Desks
As a result of customer feedback, the Campus Services Help Desk and Property Services teams will be extending their working hours. From Thurs 1 Sept both services will operate from 8am to 8pm Monday – Friday. A series of reporting forms are available on the Campus Services Help Desk web pages, for maintenance, transport and the disposal of waste and IT equipment. If you have anything urgent to report (such as a gas leak) you can call the team on 4552, out of hours please contact the Estate Patrol team 3999.

RKT Cornwall launch
An event hosted by Prof Nick Talbot on the Cornwall Campus on Mon 19 Sept will introduce the Research Knowledge Transfer team. They help academics win grants, build partnerships, generate earned income, and develop complex research proposals. RKT also manages the REF preparations and supports the development of Impact Case Studies and Pathways to Impact plans. The event, from 10.30 – 2 includes lunch and networking among RKT stalls. Location: Daphne du Maurier Building, seminar rooms H, I, M & N. RSVP to Colette Defoe by 29 Aug, tel 01326 255818.

New Dean
Prof Stephen Rippon is now Dean of the Graduate Research Faculty, following Prof Robert Van de Noort’s move to the College of Social Science and International Studies.

Staff awards
Will Katene in the Graduate School of Education has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship Award. Professor Dionisius A Agius of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

MEP visit
Giles Chichester MEP, President of the European Energy Forum, toured the Cornwall Campus including our Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy. He was briefed on the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), our £30 million centre leading cutting-edge research into the consequences of environmental change and the mitigation and management of its effects.

Online coursework management
An end to end electronic solution for submission of coursework, marking and feedback to students is being developed and will be available to all Colleges from September 2011. A series of open meetings will introduce the system to all staff through the summer to which all staff are invited – see events (right) or OCM website.

Organisational Development & You
The second interactive e-zine is available with articles on how improvements are being implemented, how staff can and have influenced initiatives, and improvements to the library experience for customers. A successful learning & development culture and business improvement tools are also discussed. Take a look.

Obituaries
Professor Friedemann Golka, Lecturer in Old Testament in the Theology Department from 1970-1989, died at his home in Bremen in early July. Helen Muirden, a retired member of the University Library died last week. Alumnus Lt Daniel Clack, (Geography 2008) of 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed in southern Afghanistan. Senior staff are in communication with his family about the appropriate way to honour his memory and the University flag will fly at half-mast on the day of his funeral.

Walking Wednesdays
Nordic walking sets off from the sports park, Streatham campus, each Wednesday evening at 5.30pm. Equipment is provided, wear a comfortable pair of trainers or walking shoes. £5 per session. Contact Fiona Swan on 01626 891020 or 07531 729383.

Tues 23 Aug, 2-3pm
Online Coursework Management briefing
Location: BC 112, St Luke’s campus
Contact: Sue Milward

Weds 31 Aug, 10-11am
Online Coursework Management briefing
Location: Queens D, Streatham campus
Contact: Sue Milward

Fri 9 Sept, 10-11am
Online Coursework Management briefing
Location: Streatham Queens MR2, Streatham campus
Contact: Sue Milward

Fri 9-Tue 13 September
Alumni and Convocation Reunion weekend
Various locations

Sat 10 Sept, 4-5.30pm
Lecture: Ivor Gurney: Soldier, Poet, Composer
Celebrating the music, song and poetry of the South West composer and war-poet Ivor Gurney. Professor Tim Kendall, Head of English, will deliver this showcase lecture with readings of Gurney's poetry and live musical performances.
Free event, open to all.
Location: LT1, Queen's Building, Streatham Campus
RSVP to humanities-alumni@exeter.ac.uk by 22 August.

Mon 12 Sept, 2.30-3.30pm
Online Coursework Management briefing
Location: XFi Conf Room 1, Streatham campus
Contact: Sue Milward

13 Sept, 10-11am
Online Coursework Management briefing
Location: PMS S11, St Luke’s campus
Contact: Sue Milward

 

 
 
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