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Video available for VC all-staff briefing session, 18 November 2020

Vice-Chancellor Robert van der Noort

Over 1200 colleagues joined Vice-Chancellor Robert Van de Noort in his latest all-staff briefing session, which took place on Wednesday 18 November. 

The session focused on the ongoing work to deliver the University Strategy, which we have previously referred to as the Phase-2 of our Post-COVID-19 Response Programme.

Opening the session, Robert said that creating a strong institution required us all to work together and be respectful of each other. "Whether you are a professional services colleague or an academic, your contribution to our University and its future is important".

He reminded colleagues about the plans to end face-to-face teaching for this term on 9 December and thanked them for all the work during this term.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Planning & Resources, Mark Fellowes, led the briefing on delivering the University Strategy - sharing the feedback from School and Function engagement sessions. He said the feedback was rich and offered insights, challenges and suggested mitigations - and could be broadly categorised in the following four broad areas:

  • Culture change, how we work together, governance, capacity for change
  • Financial – financial models, investment in change
  • Need for targets, clarity, data
  • Staff/student well-being and productivity 

Mark was joined at the session by Elizabeth McCrum (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Experience), Dominik Zaum (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation) and Richard Messer (University Secretary and Chief Strategy Officer) - who answered questions from the participants.

If you were unable to attend the session, or wish to view it again, please see the video below:

Click here for direct link to Microsoft Streams


The next two all-staff briefings sessions will take place as follows:

  • Tuesday 1 December, 11:00-12:00

           Our international strategy and plans

  • Thursday 17 December, 14:00-15:00

           Conversation with the Vice-Chancellor

All colleagues will be sent an Outlook calendar invite prior to each session, so there will be no need to book a place in advance.

If you have any queries, please contact communications@reading.ac.uk

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