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Refreshing of the Faculty Strategy


The refreshing of the Faculty Strategy is almost complete. Since the summer the five themes of Education; Research; International; Partnerships and People have received further scrutiny and there has been ongoing debate regarding elements of each.

Throughout October, a series of lunchtime sessions were held to allow for further discussion of key elements of the Strategic Themes. The focus of each discussion related to issues that emerged during previous conversations at the Faculty Away Day. These sessions were well attended and the robust conversations were invaluable for injecting many important perspectives held by colleagues.

Highlights from the lunchtime sessions

‘Where the best education, best research, best health care converge, great breakthroughs are achieved’.

This (adapted) quote captures the shared perception of where we want to be. The desire to act out this vision has been expressed consistently with commitment and has influenced the refreshing of the FoHS strategy. 

We discussed the convergence of education, research and practice/health care and the nature of the ‘breakthroughs’ that might emerge. Ideas included: improved patient outcomes, examples of innovative practice, new ways of working and capturing the impact of our research discoveries.

Pivotal to the growth of this type of activity is the ongoing cultivation of existing and different types of partnerships with health care providers and industry, within the UK and overseas. Other strong international dimensions included a wide-ranging discussion regarding developing a universal approach, ensuring that an internationalized curricula is offered to all students.

The University drivers of ‘Globalisation, Distinctiveness and Growth’ emerged implicitly as desirable goals. Unsurprisingly, the conversations relating to the convergence of education, research and practice progressed into enthusiastic debate regarding the potential for further alignment of education programmes with the focus and outputs of research group activity and vice versa . This alignment, achieved as part of the convergence of education, research and practice, is necessary to provide the building blocks for the development of existing and new programmes that will attract talented and diverse students from the UK and around the world.

The final draft of a refreshed FoHS strategy has presented to the Faculty Engagement Forum today and will be available for comment within the wider Faculty by the end of November/early December, incorporating the cross-cutting themes of Patient/Public Involvement and Infrastructure.

Implementation will start in early 2015. We will identify key staging posts, project management groups and monitoring and reporting tools, so that we can all share in the development of our Faculty and keep ahead of the competition around us.


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