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Going for growth Feedback to Council Monday 28 th October 2013 Richard Dale Executive Director of Finance and Programme Lead. Context. 2012/13 performance was good: strong I&E and balance sheet Healthy outlook for 2013/14 and good forecasts for later years Student recruitment excellent

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Going for growthFeedback to CouncilMonday 28th October 2013Richard DaleExecutive Director of Finance and Programme Lead

  • 2012/13 performance was good: strong I&E and balance sheet
  • Healthy outlook for 2013/14 and good forecasts for later years
  • Student recruitment excellent
  • Research income back on track

Opportune moment to look at size and shape

  • Thriving in the new dispensation
  • Strong cash balances
  • Emerging evidence of capacity constraints
  • Weak income growth in recent years
the case for growth
The case for growth
  • There is a correlation between reputation and size
  • There is a correlation between research quality and size
  • We have been losing market share
  • We need to be larger to be cost effective
  • Impact on the local economy

And why not?

  • We are a popular choice for students
  • We have freehold development land
  • We have lots of cash and capacity to borrow
total income 2001 2012 2001 02 100
Total income 2001 – 2012 (2001/02 = 100)

Overall position in Russell Group: 14th in 2001/02, 18th in 2011/12

Research income in Russell Group: 16th in 2001/02, 17th in 2011/12

what we won t be doing
What we won’t be doing …
  • We won’t sacrifice quality for quantity: academic excellence and student experience remain paramount
  • We won’t sacrifice our commitment to research led teaching
  • We won’t take our eye off the ball from existing commitments including responding to this year’s growth in student intake
  • And we won’t undertake any new projects without sufficient staff - academic, support and project management - to ensure their success.
the story so far
The story so far …
  • EB mini away day 25th May
  • Presentation to lay members of Council 17th June
  • Follow up EB discussion 4th July
  • Creation of “long list” July/August
  • EB away day 23rd September
  • Initiation of programme management October
  • Initial feedback to Council 28th October
  • Creation of SIG November
  • Feedback to heads of unit 21st November
  • Initial feedback to Senate 26th November
  • Further discussions at Senate/Council TBA
programme objectives
Programme objectives
  • Grow the University’s total income from £400m in 2012/13 to £500m by 2017/18
  • Enable simultaneous progress on initiatives to improve academic quality, student experience and research excellence
  • Identify and address resource constraints including buildings, equipment and staff
the initial project list
The initial project list

New degrees

  • Sports and exercise science (CD)
  • Physics (SH)
  • International Management Programme (CH)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management(CH/SH)
  • Media/Culture Lab (CH)

Strategic developments

  • MOOC’s (SC)
  • Engineering curriculum (SH)
  • Xiamen (ER/CH)
  • London (ACS)
  • INTO NUMed (ACS)
  • Science Central (SH)
  • Innovation (NW)
  • US MBBS provision (CD)
  • Philanthropy (CD/AK)
questions to address
Questions to address
  • Do the proposals enhance quality and reputation?
  • Do the proposals maintain a strong teaching/research balance?
  • Are the proposals realistically achievable?
  • Are the proposals worth the effort?
  • Will the proposals be financially sustainable in the long term?
  • Do we have capacity to deliver?
    • Quality of school/institute leadership
    • Project management capacity
    • Estate and infrastructure capacity
    • Academic capacity
next steps
Next steps
  • Request for input for NU Connections and directly
  • Initial feedback to Senior Officers Group, Heads of Unit Forum, Council and Senate
  • Creation of Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • Creation of programme management processes and governance
  • Identify and implement quick wins to address resource issues arising from this year’s growth
  • Deep dive to create business and academic cases for initial project list
  • Report back to Council and Senate early next year – an ideal topic for the next joint meeting?