Organisational Effectiveness (Student Support) and Timetabling Reviews — have your say

November 15th, 2017

Earlier this month, the Vice-Chancellor announced two reviews. Membership of the review groups, including chairs and sponsors, have now been confirmed.

  • The Organisational Effectiveness (Student Support) Group is chaired by Professor Sarah Sharples and its UEB sponsor is Professor Jeremy Gregory. It will look at how we support our students during their time at University.
  • The separate Timetabling Review will specifically examine the complex timetabling process, and how this can be improved for students and staff. This will be chaired by Professor Phil Shipway and the UEB sponsors are Breda Walls and Professor Sarah O’Hara.

To see the full membership of the review groups, visit the workspace.

Organisational Effectiveness (Student Support) Review

Consultation workshops for the Organisational Effectiveness (Student Support) Review will begin next week and colleagues are encouraged to sign up through the workspace.

These workshops have been designed so that all who participate can share their views and explain their ideas for solutions.

The events will focus on drawing out ideas through work in small groups, so there will be limited numbers for each event. If your chosen events are fully booked, please register on the wait list and we will try to add more events to meet demand.

An online consultation space is also available for colleagues to share their views

Review Sponsor, Professor Gregory, said: “We look forward to working with colleagues across the University, and with our students, to identify solutions to the issues which have been raised with the Vice Chancellor about how our new arrangements for student support are working in practice. A strong task group has been appointed to undertake the review and at its first meeting all members of the group committed to taking an open, independent and solutions-focused approach to the work.”

Review Chair, Professor Sharples, added: “We have a great deal to look at in a very short period of time and are committed to taking seriously all the comments and suggestions which are received. We want to make it easy for you to contribute your concerns and ideas.

“Some of you will already have flagged issues and concerns through other routes, such as the Professional Services Quality Survey, or your ongoing dialogue with relevant departments. The review will be looking at as much existing material as we can access. However, to make sure that your views are taken into account we would greatly appreciate you engaging with the consultation through the workshops and workspace as well.

“The review group will consider all the issues and proposed solutions which you raise. Thank you in anticipation for supporting us in this important task.”

Timetabling Review

UEB sponsors Professor Sarah O’Hara and Breda Walls said: “We are collating feedback that has already been provided by staff and students through a variety of mechanisms and will use this to inform the review. We will undertake some deep dive exercises to identify solutions that should have a positive impact on the timetabling process for 2018/19. The Strategic Change Unit will contact a number of people directly involved in the process to examine the issues closely.”

Professor Shipway, Timetabling Review Chair, said: “We have identified a number of areas we want to look at within the timetabling process to really understand what impacts on this complex process. The Review Group has representatives from all faculties and professional services so they will be able to analyse the feedback thoroughly.”

We are keen to talk to colleagues and students about their experiences, views and ideas. You can contribute to the Timetabling Review, by emailing, either to share information or request a discussion with the Strategic Change Unit.

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One Comment

November 23rd, 2017 at 7:38 am

Steven Fielding

The review should address the issue that time tabling now makes it virtually impossible to make effective use of staff time. Some are now teaching 4 or 5 days a week, often just 1 hour on some days. This makes research and writing almost impossible during teaching weeks and yet demands on these aspects of our work are only intensifying.

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