<ul><li>Professor Paul L Younger FREng  </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>May 2009 </li>...
Newcastle upon Tyne… the  other   Pons Aelius Publius Aelius Hadrianus, Imperator
Newcastle upon Tyne today
‘ A brief history of (University of Newcastle upon) Tyne’ <ul><li>Institution initiated as Armstrong College in 1834 </li>...
Newcastle University today - mission <ul><li>Mission statement:  </li></ul><ul><li>To be a world-class research- intensive...
Newcastle University today – key facts <ul><li>Top 20 in UK for research power and top quartile  for student experience </...
Research at Newcastle University <ul><li>Recognised leader in applied research </li></ul><ul><li>One of largest winners of...
£200 million investment in campus
‘ Make Poverty History’  Honorary Degree Ceremony, 2007
 
Delivering on the regional agenda <ul><li>Cultural facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Great North Museum </li></ul></ul...
Great North Museum
Newcastle University’s ten-step plan to help the regional economy <ul><li>1. Make it easier for people in the region to wo...
Ten-step plan (continued…) <ul><li>5. Invest in improvements to the energy efficiency of the University’s residential prop...
Ten-step plan (continued…) <ul><li>8. Reduce average payment times to all suppliers by nine days. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Exp...
Open Access Event  – 30 January 2009
Additional investment <ul><li>Reinvestment of VAT savings (£1.6m) </li></ul><ul><li>First tranche announced at 30 th  Jan ...
Business Voucher Scheme   <ul><li>Progress since launch  </li></ul><ul><li>on 1 Feb 2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>logged 97 ...
Business Voucher Scheme  – example of a satisfied recipient
Business Voucher Scheme  – so far so good (1) <ul><li>Key points: </li></ul><ul><li>Logged over 150 enquiries (although we...
Business Voucher Scheme  – so far so good (2) <ul><li>Overall: </li></ul><ul><li>Huge increase in enquiries from organisat...
Next steps – I   £8m of accelerated funding approved by HEFCE <ul><li>Seven projects approved: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach...
Next steps – II   Addressing Graduate Un(der)employment   <ul><li>Successful bid to HEFCE Economic Challenge Investment  <...
Next steps - III <ul><li>A further £1m tranche of work will be announced soon, along with next few years of capital progra...
<ul><li>For further information: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address]   </li></ul><ul><li>www.ncl.ac.uk </li></ul>
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A presentation by Professor Paul Younger, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Engagement at Newcastle University, to the US Friends.

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Newcastle University today: reinvigorating the concept of a civic university

  1. 1. <ul><li>Professor Paul L Younger FREng </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>May 2009 </li></ul>Newcastle University today: reinvigorating the concept of a civic university Presentation to US Friends of Newcastle University
  2. 2. Newcastle upon Tyne… the other Pons Aelius Publius Aelius Hadrianus, Imperator
  3. 3. Newcastle upon Tyne today
  4. 4. ‘ A brief history of (University of Newcastle upon) Tyne’ <ul><li>Institution initiated as Armstrong College in 1834 </li></ul><ul><li>Formally declared an independent University in 1963 </li></ul><ul><li>Grown since then from 4,000 to more than 18,900 students, with broad, comprehensive discipline coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Founder member of the prestigious ‘Russell Group’ of leading UK universities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Newcastle University today - mission <ul><li>Mission statement: </li></ul><ul><li>To be a world-class research- intensive university, to deliver teaching of the highest quality and to play a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Newcastle University today – key facts <ul><li>Top 20 in UK for research power and top quartile for student experience </li></ul><ul><li>World leading research capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Founding partner in Newcastle Science City </li></ul><ul><li>Annual income £350m </li></ul><ul><li>Capital investment this year more than £50m </li></ul><ul><li>18,900 students, 4,900 staff and 124,500 alumni </li></ul><ul><li>One of the North East’s top five employers </li></ul>
  7. 7. Research at Newcastle University <ul><li>Recognised leader in applied research </li></ul><ul><li>One of largest winners of European Commission research funding (e.g. 2004-2008: 1,300 partners, 90 programmes, €36M - more than Finland!) </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World leader in therapeutic stem cells </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top UK centre for cancer research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest campus for ageing research in Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>great strength in breadth and depth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 nd in UK for Civil Eng </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Europe’s largest School of Marine Science & Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humanities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Largest linguistics research community in UK </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UK-leading School of Arts and Cultures </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. £200 million investment in campus
  9. 9. ‘ Make Poverty History’ Honorary Degree Ceremony, 2007
  10. 11. Delivering on the regional agenda <ul><li>Cultural facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Great North Museum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ten-step plan to help the North East through the global financial crisis </li></ul>
  11. 12. Great North Museum
  12. 13. Newcastle University’s ten-step plan to help the regional economy <ul><li>1. Make it easier for people in the region to work productively with the University as suppliers or clients. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Secure hundreds of construction jobs by maintaining the University’s current £200m programme of investment in its campus, which is currently mid-way through completion. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Bring forward other significant capital projects, including refurbishing lecture theatres and laboratories. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Accelerate the programming of maintenance and improvement works on our outdoor estate. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Ten-step plan (continued…) <ul><li>5. Invest in improvements to the energy efficiency of the University’s residential properties, requiring installation of insulation and other measures. </li></ul><ul><li>6. A business voucher scheme for small and medium-sized companies in the region, where vouchers up to £5k in value will be given to businesses, which can be redeemed against training or specialist advice from the University. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Arrange subsidised access to courses to help re-skill people who have been made redundant, and expand the University’s curriculum provision to better meet the training and development needs of employees in regional companies. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Ten-step plan (continued…) <ul><li>8. Reduce average payment times to all suppliers by nine days. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Expansion of the University Career Service’s successful Newcastle Work Experience scheme, which gives small businesses low-cost access to skilled and enthusiastic students to undertake specific pieces of work. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Expand our provision of free cultural and educational activities for the benefit of families on a tight budget. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Open Access Event – 30 January 2009
  16. 17. Additional investment <ul><li>Reinvestment of VAT savings (£1.6m) </li></ul><ul><li>First tranche announced at 30 th Jan Open Access event </li></ul><ul><li>Ten small programmes of work in calendar year 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Floodlighting, Longbenton sports grounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refurbishment of Heaton and Longbenton changing rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pitch drainage, Henderson Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Window replacement, Richardson Road Flats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External lighting, Richardson Road Flats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Way finding across the campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eldon Sub Transformers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Machine room cooling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Server consolidation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy saving investments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Estimated values from £30k to £500k </li></ul>
  17. 18. Business Voucher Scheme <ul><li>Progress since launch </li></ul><ul><li>on 1 Feb 2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>logged 97 formal enquiries; every one has been responded to and there are 74 enquiries at various stages of development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 applications already approved (vouchers to the value of £32K on £50K worth of projects): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical consultancy, product development, Exec MBA, six sigma training etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>£24K of further vouchers now pending; more to follow </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Business Voucher Scheme – example of a satisfied recipient
  19. 20. Business Voucher Scheme – so far so good (1) <ul><li>Key points: </li></ul><ul><li>Logged over 150 enquiries (although we have had many more conversations than this) </li></ul><ul><li>Approved vouchers to the value of £71k with a project value of £108k </li></ul><ul><li>Vouchers to the value of £34k are pending with a total pending project value of £80k </li></ul><ul><li>Enquiries are steadily coming in at the rate of 4 or 5 per day </li></ul><ul><li>Further advertising and promotion underway which will see this continue/increase </li></ul>
  20. 21. Business Voucher Scheme – so far so good (2) <ul><li>Overall: </li></ul><ul><li>Huge increase in enquiries from organisations new to the university </li></ul><ul><li>Financial leverage in projects </li></ul><ul><li>Most parts of the university benefitting but in particular 'commercially focussed' units and schools </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary benefits to FE community and Business Support in the region through referrals </li></ul>
  21. 22. Next steps – I £8m of accelerated funding approved by HEFCE <ul><li>Seven projects approved: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching room upgrade programme £0.6m </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecture theatre refurbishment programme £1.1m </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herschel Building recladding £1.0m </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy saving installation programme £0.5m </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer cluster rationalisation programme £2.5m </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT infrastructure project £0.7m </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anaerobic digestion system £1.6m </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Total £8.0m </li></ul><ul><li>Punching above our weight: this is 5% (by value) and 7% (by volume) of total HEFCE spend on this programme – i.e. about three times what pro rata award would suggest </li></ul>
  22. 23. Next steps – II Addressing Graduate Un(der)employment <ul><li>Successful bid to HEFCE Economic Challenge Investment </li></ul><ul><li>Fund for £488K package covering: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For our own alumni of last 3 years plus those of universities outside the region who now live here: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Widening access to award-winning Careers Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For 50 of our alumni of last 3 years now un(der)employed: 12-week placements focusing on the Process Industries, the Sub-sea sector, Healthcare, the Voluntary sector, and Cultural industries. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For un(der)employed graduates of last 10 years: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Courses for Enterprisers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business Start-up Grants and Advisory Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coaching Postdocs (past and present) for Commerce </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Next steps - III <ul><li>A further £1m tranche of work will be announced soon, along with next few years of capital programme </li></ul><ul><li>Updates on our website: www.ncl.ac.uk/business/tensteps/ </li></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>For further information: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.ncl.ac.uk </li></ul>

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