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Campus Conversations

Agreeing our Strategy

  • Strategy development – the process
  • The current environment
  • Edinburgh Napier today
  • Looking forward
  • Vision 2020
  • Discussion
  • Next steps
strategy the process
Strategy: the process

October 2013

Range of meetings / forums

Thoughts and comments to

[email protected]

Discussion forum


January 2014

Test goals / objectives

March 2014

The Environment

The Environment

  • Scotland's HE, a success
  • Scottish Post-16 Education policy
  • SGF decreased from 09/10 in real terms; protected (cuts in capital)
  • Small expansion in funded places
  • RUK funding …. changing pattern
  • Edinburgh Napier receives c. 58% of fundingfrom SFC
The Environment

The Environment

  • Internationally HE demand is high
  • Policy environment
  • Competition
  • Diverse student populations; demography
  • Graduates attributes … complexity
  • Technology
  • Brand / reputation
where are we now
Where are we now?
  • A modern, professional university
    • Broad portfolio of degrees, professional
    • Strong focus on employability
    • Applied research
    • Good links with business / industry
solid foundations
Solid Foundations
  • applications grew strongly to 2011/12
  • student retention increased
  • diverse student community
  • graduate employment rates strong, but < Scottish average
  • international student numbers in Edinburgh have fallen
  • RUK student numbers have fallen
  • overseas delivered student numbers growing strongly
  • research income down (£4.9m to £3.4m)
  • commercial income up (£5.7m to £8.5m)
Initial observations

What staff have said to me

Good colleagues

Good place to work

Strong commitment to students;

Valuable education … pride

Want clarity about priorities

Want transparency around investment

Career development

R & T disconnected; R not prioritised

Lack of senior team visibility

Want clarity about DM

League tables – real disappointment

  • Enthusiastic committed staff
  • Strong commitment to students
  • Good pedagogic innovation
  • Research / industrial engagement
  • Strong TN profile
  • Income flat lining
  • International students here low
  • R – T Links fractured?
  • Academic strategy as core?
  • Process driven?
vision 2020 and beyond
Vision 2020 and beyond

Student Experience second to none

Enhanced Academic Reputation

A Great Place to Work

snapshots from 2020
‘Snapshots’ from 2020

‘best student experience in UK’ (the student room)

‘wellprepared … worked in 3 different countries so far’

Its great belonging to the ‘Edinburgh Napier family’ …

… contacts

I learned a lot through my volunteering project in Malaysia

‘Great facilities’

‘never believed I could have set up my own business’

– it was tough but I was so well supported

‘Snapshots’ from 2020

‘Lets see what Edinburgh Napier is doing’

‘Research funding all time high’

‘the place to flourish’

‘A great place to develop your career ‘

‘lets talk to Edinburgh Napier – they understand our needs‘

vision 2020
Vision 2020
  • What do you hope /expect we will be known for in 2020?
  • What key features could make the university ‘stand out from the crowd’?
  • Is there one thing we could do that would be new / different?
  • Our future vision ….

‘one of the leading professional universities in the UK’ or ……………

strategy discussion themes
Strategy Discussion: Themes
  • Student Experience second to none
  • Building our Academic Reputation
  • A great place to work
s tudent experience second to none
Student experience second to none
  • Enquiry based approach to learning?
  • Work related learning / international experience?
  • Employability - Enterprise - Entrepreneurship?
  • Targeted / tailored support?
  • Technology … access to learning?





Clubs & societies

building our academic reputation
Building our academic reputation
  • Growing the interdependence of research & teaching?
  • Understanding and building our academic strengths?
    • Key themes ….
    • UG: PG balance
  • Building business engagement?
  • Developing our international reach?
    • Priorities, challenges, barriers
a great place to work
A great place to work
  • What makes Edinburgh Napier a good place to work?
  • What would make a positive difference?
  • How might we change our processes to improve the way we work?

Professional, ambitious, innovative, inclusive

Proud, confident challenged, supported

Respect & Integrity

growing the university
Growing the University
  • Sustainable academic growth
    • Academic outputs
    • Business engagement
    • International reach
    • Reputation
  • Partnerships …
next steps
Next Steps

October 2013

Strategy 2020 discussion forum launching this week

Send thoughts / comments to [email protected] by Monday 23 December 2013

More information about events and discussion forum … Strategy 2020 intranet pages

January 2014

Test goals /


March 2014