Month: July 2017

Changes to Campus Services provision

The College is making some changes to how and where some services are provided on campus. The changes are being made to enable reinvestment elsewhere as part of our continuing commitment to an excellent student and staff experience.

The Campus Services team aims to provide the best possible service and experience for our staff and student community, through everything from catering outlets and hospitality services, to sports facilities, student accommodation, the Student Hub, and Early Years provision.

These services operate at a loss – they are subsidised by millions of pounds a year to try and keep prices cheaper than the high street. College therefore regularly looks for ways to offset those costs, where services are under-used or not cost-effective. Only changes which clearly enable reinvestment to the wider benefit of the community, against a minimal impact on staff and students, are considered.

The new changes being introduced mainly consist of shorter opening hours for some outlets, and reducing some cooked meal options. Some of the changes have already taken place, while others will be coming in over July and August.

Find out more about the changes

Local pay award

Following the College’s final pay offer dated 2 June 2017, the Joint Trades Unions (JTUs) have confirmed their formal acceptance of the College’s local pay offer. A tapered rise will be applied of 3% to spine point 1, 2.5% to spine point 2 and an increase of 2% to all pay up to £67,110 p.a. and 0.5% on the balance of earnings above £67,110 p.a. This increase is effective from 1 August 2017 and applies to all spine points and fixed salaries subject to the local pay award.

Details of the local pay bargaining negotiations are available to view. The revised salary scales are also available.

Assistant Provost (Learning & Teaching)

Professor Alan Spivey has been appointed as Assistant Provost (Learning and Teaching), with effect from 1 August 2017, for an initial period of two years. This is in addition to his role as Professor of Synthetic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry.

Reporting to the Vice-Provost (Education), Professor Spivey will help to lead the delivery of the College’s new Learning and Teaching Strategy, engaging with senior leaders across the College. The main focus of the post will be the review of curriculum and assessment and the transformation of pedagogy across all taught programmes. He will be a champion for the Learning and Teaching Strategy, providing strategic leadership and helping teams within the Education Office work together to support Faculties and Departments in the delivery of Learning and Teaching.

Professor Spivey joined the Department of Chemistry as a Reader in 2003 from the University of Sheffield. He was promoted to Professor in 2008. He has held a number of leadership roles in the department and the Faculty, most recently Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Natural Sciences from 2015 – 2017. His research interests are in the area of synthetic and biological chemistry. In particular, his group is developing new synthetic concepts and methods and applying these to address medicinal and biological problems relevant to the molecular understanding of cancers, asthma and crop pesticide resistance.