Oct 02 2018
Our new Senior Vice-Principal (Academic Strategy, Partnerships and Resources), Professor Ken Badcock, joined us yesterday, Monday 1 October.

As part of the College Executive team, Ken will be responsible for developing our academic strategy at home and overseas. He will work with me and other members of the Executive to ensure that we make the best use of our resources to attract high quality students and deliver impactful research. To be most effective, we need to develop partnerships with other institutions and organisations in the UK and at an international level. Ken brings with him a breadth of experience that will help us to achieve this, as well as strength in the sciences.

Following the announcement in June that Professor Paul Hogg and Professor Bob O’Keefe would step down as Deans, in August I announced that Professor Jose Fiadeiro will take over as the Dean of Science and Professor Matthew Humphreys will take over as Dean of Management, Economics and Law. Both take up their respective positions on a part-time, interim basis for this academic year.  Professor James Knowles remains in his role as Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.

The appointment of two deans on an interim basis reflects the current consultation around our academic structure and leaves open opportunities to develop the leadership to best support our future shape.

I will be making an announcement shortly regarding the post of Deputy Principal, following Professor Rob Kemp’s departure earlier this year.

The review of the academic structure and updates to the Executive are part of a wider programme of change being undertaken across the College. This academic year we will be reviewing our UG and PGT course offerings, developing our thinking around a digital future and progressing the next set of plans to improve our physical estate. As we identify other areas where we can improve, I am confident that further change initiatives will be pursued. 

Being open to new ways of working and prepared to adapt has contributed in part to our recent successes in UK national media league tables. The Times Higher Education World Rankings show we still have some way to go, but if we want to compete at the level we aspire to in today’s HE environment, it’s an approach that we need to embrace on an ongoing basis.

Professor Paul Layzell