Vice-Chancellor's report to Convocation 2010


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A report by Newcastle University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Brink, to alumni at Convocation, 19 June 2010

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Vice-Chancellor's report to Convocation 2010

  1. 1. VICE-CHANCELLOR’S REPORT TO CONVOCATIONProfessor Chris Brink19 June 2010 <br />
  2. 2. External Environment <br />New Government <br />“The first priority is to reduce the deficit and restore economic growth” <br />Queen’s Speech 25 May <br />Emergency Budget 22 June <br />Spending Review in the Autumn <br />Age of Austerity for Universities <br />Significant cuts already in place pre-election <br />£200m share of immediate £6.3bn public expenditure cuts <br />Expected: ±6% real-term cuts p.a. cumulative for 4 years <br />Browne Review on Student Fees and Funding <br />
  3. 3. The University’s Financial Position <br />Newcastle starts from a good position<br />Strong surplus in 2008/09 and good forecast for 2009/10<br />Healthy cash balances<br />Reinvest to improve infrastructure and student experience<br /><ul><li>But ... the storm clouds are gathering ...
  4. 4. 3% real cut in HEFCE funding next year
  5. 5. Autumn spending review
  6. 6. End of growth based business models for universities</li></li></ul><li>Our strategy <br />Academic strategy <br /> Vision 2021: A world-class civic university <br />Societal Challenge Themes <br />Changing Age (Launch 2010) <br />Sustainability (Launch 2011) <br />(Theme 3: Launch 2012)<br />Foreground the student experience & employability <br />Co-location with Business and Industry <br />Financial strategy <br />Protect core academic resources and student experience<br />Grow non regulated income: international students, EU research and commercial income<br />Non pay efficiencies through centralised procurement<br />Process efficiencies<br />
  7. 7. 5<br />“Science City” = Newcastle as a city of Science <br /> 3 Themes in 3 Places <br />Ageing<br />Sustainability<br />Stem-cells &<br />regenerative medicine<br />
  8. 8. Campus for Ageing and Health<br />Academic Quarter<br />Clinical Quarter<br />Business & Engagement Quarter<br />Retail Quarter<br />
  9. 9. THE CAMPUS FOR AGEING AND VITALITY<br />2010<br />Biomedical Research Centre Building<br />Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre<br />Clinical Ageing Research Unit<br />Biogerontology Building<br />Edwardson Building<br />Future Developments:<br />2011 – Biomedical Research Centre Building<br />“from bench to bedside”<br />
  10. 10. The Societal Challenge of Sustainability <br />Vision: Re-engineer Newcastle as a sustainable city. <br />Science Central: <br />Headquarters for treating the entire city as an urban laboratory for research, development and implementation of topics relating to sustainability: <br /><ul><li> Transport
  11. 11. Marine
  12. 12. Energy
  13. 13. Infrastructure
  14. 14. (Etc.) </li></ul>NIReS = Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainabilty <br />
  15. 15. The Sustainability Vehicle <br />The Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS)<br />
  16. 16. Science Central: 2021 <br />
  17. 17. Other items of note <br />£200m capital programme on track <br />King’s Gate completed and occupied <br />Medical Sciences new building completed and occupied <br />Music Studios completed and occupied <br />NUBS building on track for occupation by Sept 2011 <br />Medical Sciences celebrate 175th anniversary <br />NUMed Malaysia: first cohort of students <br />Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Ageing and Health <br />Agreement with Singapore Institute of Technology <br />EQUIS Accreditation for Business School <br />Successful QAA audit <br />Top 10 nationally for student sport <br />Excellent performance in Research Council grants <br />
  18. 18. King’s Gate<br />
  19. 19. Baddiley-Clark Building(Medical Sciences New Building)<br />
  20. 20. Music Building <br />
  21. 21. Business School<br />
  22. 22. Her Majesty The Queen opening the Great North Museum<br />
  23. 23.
  24. 24. Union Society Building<br />
  25. 25. NUMed Malaysia Campus<br />
  26. 26. UK Research Council Awards 2008-09 <br />Ranked by Total Amount Awarded<br />Data: Award data for year 2008-09 collated by Research Councils<br />
  27. 27. UK Research Council Awards 2008/09: <br />Ranked by Value of Grants per Academic Staff Member (FTE)<br />Data: Award data for year 2008-09 collated by Research Councils. <br />FTE data relates to 2007-08, pending the publication of sector wide data for 2008-09 <br />
  28. 28. Thank you for your support<br />