Vice-Chancellor Open Forums - archive

If you have missed a Vice-Chancellor Open Forum you can catch up with what happened here.


 Priorities and Challenges 2012/13 

 30 October 2012, Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, In this start of year address, the Vice-Chancellor celebrated successes from the past year and set out his vision for the year ahead.

Download his full presentation.


 Priorities and Challenges 2011/12


18 October 2011, Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre, Medical School In this start of year address, the Vice-Chancellor set out his vision for the year ahead, and what new policy developments mean for Birmingham.








There was an open Q&A session and the Vice-Chancellor took questions from the floor. Download his presentation or view the event recording.

(Please note there is a loss of audio from 39:53-44:00)









 University Performance


20 June 2011, Great Hall, Aston WebbAt this open forum the Vice-Chancellor spoke and took questions on the theme of University performance.








There was an open Q&A session and the Vice-Chancellor took questions from the floor. You can download the presentation.



 Shaping our Future

Select Committee and Key Projects Expo, 3 November 2010, Great Hall, Aston Webb

This was a ‘select committee’ style event involving a panel of staff questioners from across the University community who asked probing questions of the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and Secretary and Provost and Vice-Principal. The event was chaired by Cath Hearne who is the Head of Regional and Local Programmes (HRLP) for the BBC in the West Midlands. Following the main event there was an informal ‘expo’ where you could chat to staff involved in various activities that relate to the new strategy and the University's ambitions.

Part one - Introduction from Cath Hearne (4:00 min)

Part two - Dr Ben Willcox - International strategy (12:24 min)

Part three - Antony Jones - Funding and investment in facilities, succession planning (9:01 min)

Part four - Clare Mullet - Cultural strategy (6:14 min)

Part five - Rob Hunter - Student fees/experience (8:31)

Part six - Dr Elizabeth Loughren - Workplace wellbeing (5:05)

Part seven - Jane Harris - Environmental/sustainability (3:14)

Part eight - Professor Peter Davies - Fast track degrees (4:44)



 Introducing the Strategic Framework 

 26 October 2010, Great Hall, Aston Webb

The Vice-Chancellor introduced the new strategy for the University and took questions from the floor. The video of the event is in five parts:

Part one - Context and introduction (15:45 min)

Part two - Values (4:00 min)

Part three - Strategic goals (12:52 min)

Part four - Implementation (3:19 min)

Part five - Questions and answers (17:49 min) 



 Strategic Framework and Investment Expo 

 12 May 2010, Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre and Wolfson Common Room, Medical School

The Vice-Chancellor presented on:

Highlights of the past year

Looking ahead to the future, a new Government and the implications for Higher Education

Strategic Framework 2010-2015

If you were unable to attend the event you can view a video recording of the VC's presentation here.

Following the Vice-Chancellor's presentation there was an 'expo' style event where staff had the opportunity to meet staff involved in key areas of investment for the University.


 Any Questions? 

 20 October 2009, Great Hall, Aston Webb

For this open forum the Vice-Chancellor was quizzed by BBC presenter Michael Collie with questions submitted by staff. The interview was streamed live on the intranet for those staff who couldn't make it to the event and a recording is available online here.

Shortly before the event the VC recorded a start of year message which outlined the vision for Birmingham as an academically excellent and financially robust institution.

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