A word from our Interim FVP

Hello everyone, 

It is good to welcome everyone back to the start of our new academic year. I know we are all hoping that this year is going to be more straightforward, and significantly less challenging, than the last eighteen months has been. 

In Friday’s Staff Update, the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor and cross-cutting VPs launched the strategic implementation plans for Research, Innovation, Education and One University that set out how we will deliver the four pillars in the University’s vision. I would encourage all of you to read the summaries and think about the content. All too often, corporate strategies are simply documents that are launched with a fanfare, but then sit on a shelf. These implementation plans have been developed so that we are clear on how we are going to deliver our ambitions, as well as what we want to achieve. There is a real programme of work underpinning the vision, and we want people across the Faculty to know about it and engage with it. A number of Town Hall sessions have also been organised for each pillar, where you can hear more about the plans and how you can get involved. Again, I would encourage you to attend these. We will also be speaking to the plans, and what they mean for our Faculty at the next Faculty Forum on Wednesday 27th October (2pm-3pm, invite to follow). 

Across the campus, we are growing accustomed to more hybrid ways of working. It’s been great to see more people coming back onto campus, and the hubbub of students making their way to lectures again. We are also seeing more face to face meetings and events, whilst trying to retain the positive benefits that we’ve seen during the pandemic by offering online options too. It’s great to see the write-up of the BioMedEng21 conference in this month’s Pulse, which was hosted by the INSIGNEO Institute in the Diamond Building, and which attracted 175 face to face delegates and 135 online. Likewise, our open days for prospective students over the autumn will be a mixture of face to face and online, with online options giving students who live further away an opportunity to experience what Sheffield has to offer. As ever, I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who is involved in making these events happen so successfully. 

Finally, I’d like to say congratulations to our Health Sciences School, where our Nursing Division has joined Dentistry as being ranked in the Top 10 in the Guardian University Guide. This reflects an enormous effort to re-establish undergraduate nursing at the University, and will help to take the programme from strength to strength.