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UEB Blog 23.04.24

Author: Shaun Williams, Executive Director Engagement and Advancement

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  • UEB noted a letter to higher education providers from Luke Hall MP, Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education, providing an update on the implementation of the Government’s revised Lifelong Learning Entitlement policy, with a phased delivery planned during the 2025-26 academic year. Although the implications for our University are not expected to be substantive, we will be assessing any systems and process implications to ensure a smooth transition.
  • UEB were pleased to hear that as part of our ongoing investment in our University sports facilities, last week saw the opening of two new synthetic 4G pitches at our Wide Lane sports ground, and the first matches played.
  • UEB reviewed a detailed report on the University’s Spinout Equity Review, including recommendations for a revised spinout equity policy, and in the context of the recent publication of the Independent Spinout Review published under the auspices of Research England. Our intention is to increase the attractiveness of our spinouts to external investors and to implement innovator-friendly terms in order to increase the number of University spinout companies and enhance the business and economic activity from the spinouts. UEB were very supportive of the report, which underlines our sector strength in the KEE space, and wider internal communication and briefings are planned over the coming weeks.
  • UEB noted a very positive annual Council Awayday last week, which had also seen Sir Ian Diamond formally assume the role of Chair of Council, succeeding Philip Greenish. The awayday’s focus included horizon scanning and potential impacts on the global Higher Education environment; progress in delivery of our University Strategy; plans to grow our international footprint; and how regional challenges and opportunities are shaping our Civic Strategic Plan.
  • UEB were pleased to hear there have already been more than 240 applications for academic roles advertised recently as part of a major academic recruitment campaign which will see up to 180 new academic colleagues appointed by late 2025.
  • Finally, there was the regular review of the University’s Risk Register, which had seen no changes since its last review. 
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