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Refreshing the Faculty Strategy. An update from Associate Dean, Dr Sue Colley

"It is hard to believe that three years ago we were about to begin work on developing the, then newly formed, School of Health Sciences Strategy.  At that point we had been a School for a matter of months and, given our size as one of the larger of the 24 Schools, the eyes of the University were viewing us with interest.

 

"Now in 2012, the 24 Schools have become eight faculties, the University Transition Programme has completely changed the structure of professional service delivery and in the Faculty of Health Sciences we have embedded new organisational structures and undertaken an ambitious co-location project. 

"The external world is also significantly different and we are now adept at anticipating the impact of ‘Coalition' policies on both health and higher education.

"In the midst of such change it is easy to lose sight of the underlying purpose of such frenetic activity.  Put differently, it is important that we remind ourselves of our strategic vision and goals, which brings me back to strategy...

"Over the last month, I have discussed with other members of the executive team how best to approach the important task of ‘refreshing' the Faculty strategy whilst retaining the crucial grassroots stakeholder input that characterised the compilation of its design in 2009.  There will be more information on this at the staff meeting on the 20th March and after the Easter break there will opportunities for input and debate, culminating in our Away Day on the 25th July.

"Posters advertising the staff development week commencing 19th March are now displayed in all of our buildings. The staff development dates for the next academic year are confirmed and every effort has been made to ensure that these weeks will be ‘teaching free' - not an easy task!   These are:

13-19 December 2012
16 April and 19 April 2013
22-26 July 2013

"Your active involvement in the weeks will become increasingly important to achieve both our staff and organisational development ambitions -  having secured the 2012-13 identified weeks as ‘teaching free', please ensure they take priority in your own Outlook Calendar."

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