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Acting Vice-Chancellor's address to Senate

Robert Van de Noort

The financial challenges facing the University, update on USS Pension and National Pay Bargaining and work on engaging with the Reading Borough Council were among the topics covered in the Acting Vice-Chancellor Robert Van de Noort’s address to the University Senate on 7 November 2018.

He said, “As a University, we face significant financial pressures in the coming months and years that have arisen out of an increasingly competitive student recruitment environment, the uncertainties of Brexit, the funding review and the increased pension costs”.

Robert said the impact of these pressures on the financial sustainability of the University in 2018/19 was being managed and the “University Executive Board has also started to consider strategic/structural changes we will need to introduce to meet our financial targets while still meeting our strategic aims of academic excellence in teaching and research”.

You can read the full transcript of the Acting Vice-Chancellor’s address to the Senate.

Senate is the University’s main academic administrative body. Reporting to the Council and meeting at least four times a year, the Senate advises on areas such as student entry, assessment and awards.

With around 100 members, the Senate comprises Deans, Heads and elected representatives of Schools, as well as professional staff and students. University Boards responsible for developments and innovation in research, teaching and learning report to the Senate.

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