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Update from Dr Sue Colley

Faculty Away Day for Academic Staff – 23rd July 2015

We are pleased to announce a new venue this year: St Mary's Football Stadium. We also have a newly established organising team of Faculty Away Day Champions.

The draft programme will be made available shortly and will include:

There will also be a smaller number of poster presentations.


An 'Essential Mentoring Skills ' day was held in mid-May, attended by academic staff drawn from both Units and the Faculty Executive Team. It was the second such day and, given the focus of both days, provided an excellent opportunity for creative conversations relating to staff support.

Jan Davis and Sue Colley are currently reviewing the Faculty approach to Mentorship and Coaching in line with developments across the wider University.

Both these activities are an important part of the Faculty's staff development and talent-management plan and, in July, Sue will be updating the Executive team on recommendations for further activities scheduled for the forthcoming academic year. Watch this space!

Internationalisation – Developing Strategic Partnerships

At the outset of this academic year the newly formed International Strategy Board identified three geographical areas: Middle East; Central Asia; and South East Asia to provide the backdrop for pilot work aimed at developing strategic international partnerships.

There is a story to tell regarding each of these areas; Jonathan Drennan, Maggie Donovan Hall, Jan Davis and Chris Bailey having undertaken visits to the Middle East; Jan Davis and Jonathan Drennan having undertaken visits to Central Asia (plus Jan Davis and Chris Hawker having recently hosted a delegation from Kazakhstan Medical University); and Wendy Wigley, Julie Cullen, Sue Colley, Chris Bailey, Anne Baileff, Jane Burridge and Anne Marie Hughes all pursuing strategic links in Singapore and Malaysia.

The input of Tuija Knowles has been invaluable in facilitating arrangements to support our development in all things International. Tuija is located on level four, and is helping to shape the emergent International Collaboration Office.

Spreading Innovation

In both education and research the Faculty is developing discoveries that are having a positive impact on both healthcare professional education and healthcare delivery. It is a constant challenge to ensure that we share these discoveries with each other, across the University, and beyond.

Catalyst funding (such as the small amounts available via the Higher Education Innovation Fund) is beginning to have an encouraging impact on our ability to work with industry, healthcare providers and the third sector, to accelerate translational activities.

Similarly, colleagues located within the AHSN and the Science Park are an invaluable resource and are very generous with their advice. To learn more about what is emerging from this work do join the conversation led by Sue Colley and Mandy Fader on the 14th July (12.30- 13.30/ B45 2040).

The Faculty Away Day will provide another opportunity to learn about the projects supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

Implementing the Faculty Strategy

Following on from the March staff meeting and a subsequent lunchtime drop in session – further details of opportunities to share your ideas will be available soon, as we continue to move forward with the Faculty Strategy. Further details of dissemination to a wider external audience are in the pipeline.

There will be an opportunity to learn more about this work at the lunchtime sessions listed below.  For those that cannot make the lunchtime sessions, Sue is running some Open Hours sessions, also listed below, or you can catch up with further developments at the Faculty Away Day in July.

Lunchtime sessions:

Monday 1st June B67, E2001 – 12.30 – 13.30, Anne Baileff & Sue Colley

Research led Education: Doing Things Differently/Creating Headspace

This first session invites you to share ideas relating to this important topic that is pivotal to the achievement of our strategic ambitions.

Tuesday 30th June B67, E2011 – 12.30 – 13.30, Paul Fleming & Sue Colley

Our Undergraduate Offer 2016

With various successful validations completed and others in preparation, this session provides a broad canvas to discuss important pedagogical and delivery issues.

Tuesday 14th July B45, 2040 - 12.30 – 13.30, Mandy Fader & Sue Colley

Growth and Distinction: Innovation-Implementation-Impact

Explore how the discoveries and innovations that emerge from our work are developed to improve and transform health and social care. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss how we improve the sharing of this important element of activity: with each other, the university and wider networks.

New date to be confirmed, Jonathan Drennan & Sue Colley

Towards a Global Health Sciences Network

An opportunity to learn more about the work of the International Strategy Board and the progress we are making in a number of areas relating to internationalisation. New ideas are welcomed to help shape the 2015-16 operational plan.

Open Hours sessions:

17 June 2015 – 1.30-2.30pm – Room 4075, Bldg 67

25 June 2015 – 11.00am-12.00 midday – Room 4075, Bldg 67

1 July 2015 – 3.00-4.00m – Room 2003, Bldg 45 

9 July 2015 – 2.00-3.00pm – Room 4075, Bldg 67

14 July 2015 – 2.00-3.00pm – Room 4075, Bldg 67

These are on a ‘Drop-in’ basis, no appointment necessary.

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