Ian Creagh spent 20 years working in higher education leadership, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at King’s College London. He left this role last year, and now has a portfolio of roles within the higher education sector. Here he considers current challenges for the sector from an international perspective, and identifies issues that are common across the globe.
Vicki Nairn claims to have a low boredom threshold and a high curiosity level – attributes that have served her well in her varied career, and current role as Vice Principal, Corporate Operations at Robert Gordon University.
Efficiency is high on the agenda of all university Registrars and COOs with an increasing need to demonstrate impact and to use resources efficiently and effectively. Here we bring together some of the contributions that AHUA members have made to the Efficiency Exchange, sharing best practice for smarter universities.
If 2016 taught us anything, it was that expectations do not always follow the predictable path. What had been built up as our ’norm’, over decades of lived experience, can be shattered in months – if not days. Vikki Goddard, Chief Operating Officer at Salford University, looks ahead to 2017 and predicts some turbulent times for universities, with a few brighter spells.
Lee Sanders, Registrar and Secretary at the University of Birmingham, took up the role of AHUA Chair on the 1st January 2017. Here he takes a look at some of the current issues facing the sector, and considers how we as individuals, and as the AHUA might influence the story over the coming months and years.
Jane Robinson gives an insight into her role as Chief Operating Officer and Registrar at Durham University. Jane joined Durham University in September 2016, having previously served as Chief Executive at Gateshead Council.
The role of university registrar or administrator might not be very well known or understood by graduates as they consider their future careers, so how do we identify and develop registrars, COOs and HE leaders of the future? Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham, talks about the importance of the Ambitious Futures programme.
Graham Donelan, University Secretary at Liverpool Hope University, reflects on the seeds of change that were sown in 2016, and encourages us to look ahead with renewed purpose and energy for achieving our universities’ missions in 2017.
Alison Jones, University Secretary at the University of Bradford, has been reflecting on the challenge of culture change in our universities. How can we ensure our institutions are inclusive and diverse communities where tolerance, dignity and respect are practiced, and processes and support are in place to handle allegations of misconduct?
Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Oxford Brookes University worked at five different institutions before taking up his current role. Here he talks about his career, including a typical day in his role at Oxford Brookes, and the challenges ahead for HE.