VC Update issue 39

posted 12.04.2011

One University Administration

We have reached an important milestone in the University-wide review of our administration, and are now able to publish the proposed new service structures for the following five professional service areas:

  1. Academic Registry (Governance and Academic Services)
  2. Admissions and International Development
  3. Business Intelligence and Planning
  4. Marketing and Communications
  5. Student Services

In addition, following the briefing with Trade Unions on 4 April and consultation with staff, we are now able to publish the proposed changes for:

  • Research, Business and Innovation (research administration only)

Further changes will also involve a small number of colleagues being integrated from faculties into the following professional service areas:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources (hourly paid lecturer/instructor administration)
  • Facilities Administration

There will also be changes to:

  • Faculty Executive support
  • CPD/short course administration (although these posts will initially retain a reporting line within the Faculty)

Information on staff ringfence categories and an updated set of the 'One University Administration' FAQs are also available on the 'One University Administration' Human Resources web pages.

I realise the action we are taking to transform the University will be unsettling for many members of staff across the University. Please do speak to your line manager if you have any concerns that are not addressed in the University-wide communications or in the briefings given by your manager.

I would like to thank colleagues across the University for their commitment and dedication to get us to where we are now. We began this process back in February 2010, identifying the key areas where improvements would have the most positive impact on our students and staff. We have worked with colleagues across the University to make sure we get this right. Your feedback and input has been invaluable in the review and development stages.

We are now consulting on the proposed new service structures. This is to gather your feedback on any specific concerns that you feel have not been adequately addressed through previous consultations in the review and development stages. The consultation will run until the 5 May.

During this period, we will make every effort to respond to your questions in as much detail as we can, to try and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the local implications in your service area. We encourage you to ask questions via your line manager or to email

We hope to start recruitment to the new posts in May, beginning with I grades. The exact timing is subject to the outcomes of this consultation – please see the time line (187KB)* for further information.

Thank you for your feedback at this time. We are now nearing the implementation stage, and the transformation of our learning and working environment for our students, staff and external partners.


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