College of Arts and Law: Business Partners
Our College Business Partners are specialist leadership linking the College of Arts and Law with corporate services.
The College Finance business partner provides strategic financial support and advice to the College. This includes modelling the financial impact of decisions, support in developing business cases for investment and development of five year plans. Support College Board through the Compact process working closely with HR and Strategic Planning colleagues.
Alumni engagement partner
The Alumni Engagement business partner provides the link between the College and the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). They lead on how the College engages with its alumni, graduate, and supporter communities through events, e-newsletters, and other activities. This involves connecting the alumni with opportunities in College to volunteer their time to make a difference to student recruitment, experience, and employability. Alumni can do this by giving their time as mentors, by offering work experience, by speaking on careers panels, by sharing their insights at open days, as well as many other opportunities. Additionally, alumni can give their time to benefit the research work, profile and visibility of the College. The Alumni Engagement Manager also provides support to DARO through guiding opportunities for alumni and supporters to make philanthropic gifts to the College. If you are interested in volunteering your time, or exploring a philanthropic gift, towards the College of Arts and Law, please contact David below.
The College Planning Partner and works with both CAL and the central Planning office to help the College define strategic plans and priorities. Victoria Houghton is currently on maternity leave. Hayley is covering the role until October 2022.
As the Human Resources Business Partner for the College, I work closely with the Head of College, Deputy Head of College and College Board with a particular focus on identifying the “people” implications of strategic decisions. As the most senior HR professional within the College and Professional Services, I provide strategic, consultative and problem solving advice and support across a number of areas including change management, workforce planning, and performance improvement/management. I provide advice and support on all the annual HR processes and in particular academic promotions. I also contribute to cross-institutional HR and associated projects including Birmingham Academic Career Framework.
IT Strategic Partner
Responsible for the development and implementation of the College’s IT Strategy and alignment with the Digital Strategy. Mike works with all areas of the College to capture IT requirements and to identify where IT Services can provide support.