Our vision for the Sheffield City Region

I’ve worked in Sheffield for just over a year now – I’m still a newcomer – and perhaps I will be for a very long time! I came to Sheffield to lead what is one of the UK’s largest universities. Sheffield Hallam teaches more than 31,000 students at any one time. It educates young people…

Transforming lives – Hallam’s mission

There are almost endless numbers of books and business school courses on strategy, but, really, strategy comes down to two very simple questions – what do you want to do, and how are you going to make sure you do it? Last week, Hallam’s Board of Governors signed off the University’s reshaped strategy – setting…

New Year, new challenges (old boxed set)

Those who work closely with me know of my tendency to draw on The West Wing as a frequent source of quotations and parallels. A recent survey of the best TV drama series rated it eleventh – above The Wire but (wrongly in my view) below Mad Men. If you are not familiar with it,…

Working together to become a great university

I’ve said, and written, before that Hallam is a remarkable place. It is a huge university, with extraordinary things going on in different places. Almost a year in – and I’ll come back to that later in the year – still not a week goes by without my discovering something I didn’t know before. One…

Strategy update – beyond the news headlines

It’s been a remarkable few weeks. An unexpected referendum result. The collapse of the Government. A ferocious start to the leadership campaign in the Conservative Party. A no-confidence vote in the Leader of the Opposition. Havoc in the Labour Party. And Wales in the semi-final of the European football championships. The script, when they come…

Hallam 2030 – the next steps

The iPhone. The 2007 economic crash. Leicester City winning the Premiership. Did you see them coming? Predicting the future is always likely to catch you out. As someone once said, nothing dates faster than the future. So it’s a bit bold to suggest that we should base our new strategy on our aims for the…

Meeting the challenges of change

Since I arrived in January, I have been setting out my ideas on the future of Hallam, and have written here about refreshing the University’s strategy. From today, you can find out more about how we will approach this work and keep up to date with developments here. Alongside that, I have been looking hard…

Refreshing the University’s strategy

The University approved a new strategy, for 2015-2020, in late 2014. I was obviously not here, but I’m told that the strategy was the result of extensive consultation across the University over an extended period of time. Since the 2015-2020 strategy was published, any number of things have changed: there has been a general election,…

Vlog – revisiting our Strategy

My update this week takes the form of a short video blog, rather than a written post. No spoilers here, but it’s me answering five questions about refreshing the University Strategy and my ambitions for us as a University:  

Practical solutions to real world problems

This is the third of my blogs which is drawn from my all-staff addresses earlier in February. It sets out my first thoughts – with more to come – on shaping the University in response to the challenges I set out in the previous two blogs. A Vice-Chancellor’s job is essentially simple: it is to…