18 October 2018

Summary from the October Board

You can download this one page summary document here

Shaping Futures New Plan

  • The latest plan for Shaping Futures’ focus for 2018/19 is available here.
  • TEF (Subject and Institutional), the Student Support triangle as well as Student mental health and wellbeing were identified as important areas to be added in.
  • The Board are working on the relationship between the institutional and faculty boards, including work to align planning processes, use of the same headlines, KPIs, reporting formats and templates, to feed information between boards and stakeholders.

Student Recruitment for 2018/19

  • Hallam looks likely to report approx. 6,850 FT UG students in December. A strong performance in clearing has significantly helped close the gap of applications which has been communicated throughout the cycle. Whilst this will meet budget it is lower than the target 7,140. Impacts include – a weaker demographic specifically within Yorkshire and Humber, strong growth of Higher and Degree Apprentice (HDA) routes providing alternatives to full-time undergraduate study (including Hallam’s HDA provision growing) and weaker recruitment performance in the East Midlands (an action plan is in place to address this).
  • PG Initial Teacher Training has performed strongly in a very challenging Teacher Education market.
  • International student enrolments are up compared to this time last year, but still below target at present.
  • There is marked improvement in International PG – with an increase from China and small growth from India.
  • A fuller detailed analysis will be completed once the UCAS end of cycle data is available in December.

Employability Plan

  • The employability team are investigating new ways of supporting graduates – one of these in ‘LinkedIn Learning’ which would allow us to develop a playlist of resources in which we could also include our own content and keep graduates engaged. This would build upon the existing graduate support programme, Gradvantage, in preparation for the new HESA Graduate Outcomes (GO) survey which will replace the Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) from 2018.
  • An update from June 2018 on the progress of support for this year’s graduates – ‘class of 2018’ is available here.

Equality Analysis Framework

  • Equality Analysis is the tool to demonstrate how we will meet our legal requirements under the Public Sector Equality Duty. We have both a legal and moral obligation to ensure equality analysis happens throughout our practices. We need to be spotting both risks and advancing opportunity within protected groups – and this needs to be at the start of the planning process for any project, policy or procedure to understand how decisions are arrived at.
  • A one-stop toolkit guiding colleagues through Equality Analysis in 7 easy steps will be provided led by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Service. The roll out is scheduled for December 2018 onwards.

Hallam Guild

  • The Hallam Guild (HG) was successfully launched on Monday 22 October with speeches from Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Christina Hughes and Abdullah Okud, President of the Students Union. The event included HG project displays, interactive activities and opportunities for discussions.
  • All staff and students are invited to sign up to become a member of Hallam Guild and gain access to the forthcoming community of support, events and a whole host of resources.

Black History Month/BME working group

  • The Students Union is current running Black History month and an annual campaign which has had really positive engagement across university.
  • Abdullah Okud, SU President, requested that colleagues contact him if they are undertaking any work to address any BME issues, as a working group between staff and students has been established to ensure that students are fully aware of any ongoing projects.
  • Everyone is invited to and encouraged to attend the ‘Do it for your culture’ event on Tuesday 30 October. Full details are on the Shaping Futures hub – please book to attend as well as sharing details with staff and students.

Portfolio Review

  • Work is ongoing with the Portfolio Review to consider size, shape and mode to support future planning. The proposals include a new digital learning approach and associated operating standards.  This work will be held within the new Portfolio function in the Provost Group as it requires a cross-institutional approach.

You can download this one page summary document here