Sir Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen lists; Procurement, IT, Shared Services and Streamlining as main areas to help save money.
Sir Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen, discusses his annoyance at the term ‘Universities are awash with cash’ and the thought that universities have got away and avoided the spending cuts. – This is not profit, this is serious money that is being reinvested in the business in order to be able to drive the student experience but that message hasn’t got out.
Sir Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen, “Too often the skills agenda is seen as an FE one”
Sir Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen, mentions the impending 2016 elections in both Scotland and Wales.
Sir Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen asks “is the future rosy?” – No. No good news for public finance, post election, both Labour and conservatives are committed to reducing spending it will become ever more difficult to maintain the research budget that we have.
Diamond does suggest there is good news for students coming from abroad and that Labour may remove international students from immigration numbers.
Sir Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen “Universities are investing their own money in order to maintain infrastructure”
Sir Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen, discusses pressures on teaching costs stating that teaching costs have actually remained relatively low over the last few years during the recession, but they will rise.
Our first session begins: Higher Education: some challenges for planning and planners Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen, Chaired by Rona Smith, Deputy Director of Strategy & Policy, University of Strathclyde.
Over the next few years it is likely that higher education policy will continue to be highly fluid. This talk will look at some of the challenges and argue that the need for good planning has never been greater.
John Forshaw, Director of Planning, University of Salford welcomes the delegates and introduces the conference.
The delegates are arriving as the day begins. Highlights for the day are below, or download HESPA 2015 Conference Brochure.
11.15-12.00 Higher Education: some challenges for planning and planners
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen
Chaired by Rona Smith, Deputy Director of Strategy & Policy, University of Strathclyde
12.00-13.00 What defines a global university?
Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol
Chaired by Dr Craig Hutchinson-Howorth, Director of Strategic Planning, Edge Hill University
16.30-18.15 Question Time: Looking at the Changing Information Landscape
Andy Youell, Director, Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Project (HEDIIP) John Britton, Assistant Director of Planning at Cardiff University and member of HEDIIP Advisory Board
Dr Christine Couper, Director of Strategic Planning, University of Greenwich and member of HEDIIP Advisory Board (also chairing)
Jackie Njoroge, Head of Strategic Planning & MI, Manchester Metropolitan University (also chairing)
The conference will be followed by drinks and dinner in the evening.