Always Look on the Bright Side of Life:Managing in Challenging Times<br />Jeremy Atkinson<br />Director of Learning and Co...
“Pessimist : one who, when he has the <br />choice of two evils, chooses both” (Oscar <br />Wilde)<br />Or, in other words...
‘For our Future’ priorities<br />Widening access to higher education<br />Student experience<br />Skills<br />Supporting a...
HEFCW Funding Changes<br />In year reduction of 4% in 2010/11<br />Overall sector funding for Teaching and Research in 201...
Funding comparisons 2010/11 to 2011/12<br />Glamorgan				-  7.86%<br />Aberystwyth			-  6.27%<br />Bangor				-  7.11%<br /...
Capital funding Changes<br />Single DCELLS capital budget from 2011/12<br />DCELLS indicative capital budgets :<br />	2011...
What are Finance Directors (and VCs) thinking about?<br />Surplus/deficit on continuing operations (as % of income)<br />S...
HEFCE : Universities at Risk	<br />“Sizeable proportion of English universities face a tough transition to the new funding...
Some key issues<br />UK : Impact of more universities than expected charging £9k<br />UK : Loss of students, particularly ...
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every <br />opportunity.  An optimist sees the <br />opportunity in every difficulty.”...
Expectations & Perceptions<br />Students (and Parents)<br />Staff<br />Our Managers<br />Ourselves<br />
Some ‘opportunities’<br />Students paying more will expect more for their money<br />Increased emphasis on NSS results<br ...
What should institutions be doing?<br />Major rethink of strategy plans – USPs, KPIs, CSFs etc<br />Marketing – cooperatio...
What should we be doing?<br />Responding to institutional plans and priorities<br />Don’t underestimate ourselves – strong...
Key factors for Libraries (1)<br />Doing things differently – leadership and management challenges at all levels<br />Qual...
Key Factors for Libraries (2)<br />Use of technology<br />Procurement<br />Shared services – internally / externally<br />...
Use of technology<br />Technology to gain student interest and encourage applications<br />Innovative approaches and use t...
Key role for WHELF<br />Building on existing and potential collaboration :<br />Access arrangements<br />Welsh Repository ...
Colloquium Themes<br />Value/impact of libraries<br />Information literacy<br />Working in the ‘community’<br />Use of tec...
COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS<br />pjatkins@glam.ac.uk<br />
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  1. 1. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life:Managing in Challenging Times<br />Jeremy Atkinson<br />Director of Learning and Corporate Support Services<br />University of Glamorgan<br />
  2. 2. “Pessimist : one who, when he has the <br />choice of two evils, chooses both” (Oscar <br />Wilde)<br />Or, in other words, let’s have a good <br />wallow!<br />
  3. 3. ‘For our Future’ priorities<br />Widening access to higher education<br />Student experience<br />Skills<br />Supporting a buoyant economy through innovation and engagement activities<br />Strengthening research performance<br />Encouraging the development of collaboration in regions in order to strengthen support for local learning and employers (“adapt or die”)<br />
  4. 4. HEFCW Funding Changes<br />In year reduction of 4% in 2010/11<br />Overall sector funding for Teaching and Research in 2011/12 is 5.1% below that for 2010/11<br />Further budget reductions<br /> - 3.6% in 2012/13?<br /> - 0.03% in 2013/14?<br />Uncertain impact of student fee changes, eg total loss of teaching grant over time?<br />
  5. 5. Funding comparisons 2010/11 to 2011/12<br />Glamorgan - 7.86%<br />Aberystwyth - 6.27%<br />Bangor - 7.11%<br />Cardiff - 2.99%<br />Trinity Saint David - 8.87%<br />Swansea - 4.09%<br />UWIC - 7.70%<br />Newport - 6.42%<br />Glyndwr - 7.72%<br />Swansea Metropolitan + 1.06%<br />Open University in Wales + 2.09%<br />
  6. 6. Capital funding Changes<br />Single DCELLS capital budget from 2011/12<br />DCELLS indicative capital budgets :<br /> 2011/12 : reduction of 5.5%<br /> 2012/13 : reduction of 6.9%<br /> 2013/14 : reduction of 10.9%<br />
  7. 7. What are Finance Directors (and VCs) thinking about?<br />Surplus/deficit on continuing operations (as % of income)<br />Staff costs as % of income<br />Income per academic FTE<br />Net liquidity as number of days expenditure<br />Benchmarking against other institutions<br />
  8. 8. HEFCE : Universities at Risk <br />“Sizeable proportion of English universities face a tough transition to the new funding arrangements”<br />“At higher risk” institutions “face threats to sustainability”<br />Serious question marks over the use of funds or have “materially ineffective risk management, control or governance”<br />Reported problems at Cumbria, Gloucestershire and London Metropolitan University<br />
  9. 9. Some key issues<br />UK : Impact of more universities than expected charging £9k<br />UK : Loss of students, particularly from low income families?<br />Wales : Recruitment of students from outside Wales<br />New providers, eg from private sector<br />Role of FE Colleges<br />
  10. 10. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every <br />opportunity. An optimist sees the <br />opportunity in every difficulty.” (Winston <br />Churchill during World War II)<br />Let’s be positive – there are no problems, <br />only challenges and opportunities etc!<br />
  11. 11. Expectations & Perceptions<br />Students (and Parents)<br />Staff<br />Our Managers<br />Ourselves<br />
  12. 12. Some ‘opportunities’<br />Students paying more will expect more for their money<br />Increased emphasis on NSS results<br />More focus on needs of undergraduates?<br />‘Salami slicing’ v. Argument for more resources in some areas<br />
  13. 13. What should institutions be doing?<br />Major rethink of strategy plans – USPs, KPIs, CSFs etc<br />Marketing – cooperation v competition<br />Review of academic portfolio<br />Creating an attractive environment<br />Enhancing income<br />Removing duplication and waste<br />Reducing operating costs<br />
  14. 14. What should we be doing?<br />Responding to institutional plans and priorities<br />Don’t underestimate ourselves – strong tradition of adapting, changing, evolution and revolution, eg convergence, e-resources, self service<br />Redefining services for a different age – provision of quality services with significantly less resources<br />Making ourselves indispensible – individually and collectively<br />Advocacy and lobbying - students and staff<br />Promoting the value of libraries<br />Basing service provision on evidence<br />
  15. 15. Key factors for Libraries (1)<br />Doing things differently – leadership and management challenges at all levels<br />Quality of service from student perspective<br />Income generation<br />Reduction of costs – waste and duplication<br />Improvement in effectiveness – working ‘lean’ and ‘smart’<br />
  16. 16. Key Factors for Libraries (2)<br />Use of technology<br />Procurement<br />Shared services – internally / externally<br />Outsourcing?<br />Collaboration – removing silos internally and externally<br />
  17. 17. Use of technology<br />Technology to gain student interest and encourage applications<br />Innovative approaches and use that is integrated and sophisticated (but less time and resource to innovate) <br />Use to support widening participation<br />Use to support collaboration and shared services<br />
  18. 18. Key role for WHELF<br />Building on existing and potential collaboration :<br />Access arrangements<br />Welsh Repository Network<br />E-books / E-journals<br />Staff development<br />Digitisation<br />Sharing expertise, eg copyright, disability support<br />Library Management Systems<br />
  19. 19. Colloquium Themes<br />Value/impact of libraries<br />Information literacy<br />Working in the ‘community’<br />Use of technology – mobile devices, chat enquiry services<br />Collaboration – WHEEL and North Wales<br />
  20. 20. COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS<br />pjatkins@glam.ac.uk<br />

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