The Planning Office supports strategic and operational planning across the University. We do this by providing a range of information, support and advice, including provision of business intelligence, monitoring and assessing the institution’s performance and coordinating the planning process.

Each College has a Planning Partner who shares their time between the College and the central Planning Office. The Planning Partner is the lead academic planning support for the College. As well as supporting central policy analysis and horizon scanning, the Planning Partners’ role is to help Colleges define strategic plans and priorities, which support delivery of the University’s Strategic Framework. This engages the Planning Partners in a broad range of activities including:

  • Working with Colleges to prepare and monitor performance against the annual College Compact (an articulation of a College’s strategic priorities and targets, aligned with the broader University Strategic Framework and Key Performance Indicators)
  • Monitoring and reporting on associated risk
  • Sourcing and interpreting data to support College decision making
  • Producing policy papers and reports to support strategic decision making, at College or University level
  • Undertaking scenario planning to inform the development of long term strategies
  • Assisting with the development of business proposals in support of institutional priorities
  • Supporting and/or participating in reviews
  • Providing constructive challenge and advice on College plans – including new programme proposals

The Planning Partner for the College of Social Sciences is Lindsey Wright:

Lindsey Wright
College Planning Partner for Social Sciences
Tel: 0121 414 7905 (Mon, Fri - Aston Webb)
Tel: 0121 414 7256 (Tue, Wed, Thur - Muirhead)


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