Sep 26 2017

As we start the new teaching term we are focusing on how Royal Holloway can redefine its academic mission. Since we wrote our College Strategy in 2013 there have been many changes within the sector and now is a good time as campus physically re-orientates itself around the new Emily Wilding Davison Building, to re-establish our academic purpose. 

Over the next few weeks I will be launching a campus consultation on creating a new integrated academic strategy which brings together our research and teaching aspirations. The strategy will be set by agreeing the principles that we believe underlie our academic purpose and from there determining how these should be reflected in our research and teaching activities, and how we can best support these aspirations. 

The bringing together of our teaching and research missions has been signalled by the changes to the Executive Team in which responsibility for research and teaching combine, in my role as Senior Vice Principal (Academic). We have a team of Vice Principals who support these areas: David Gilbert – Quality and Standards, Rosemary Deem – Teaching Innovation, Paul Hogg – Enterprise, Helen Nicholson – Research Impact (and now interdisciplinarity given the REF focus on this). Over the summer Bob O’Keefe’s Vice Principal role has been defined as leading Student Experience and he will chair the new committee in that area which brings together academic and professional service colleagues, alongside his role as Dean.

I will be hosting a staff open meeting on Thursday 12 October in Founder’s Lecture Theatre, I hope you can attend. Register for the event online

Professor Katie Normington
Senior Vice Principal (Academic)