Jargon buster

There are many terms and acronyms commonly used at the University of Birmingham.

This page gives an explanation of some of the common terms that you may have come across at the University.

This is by no means a comprehensive list - have we missed an acronym or term that you know and love? Drop us a line at internalcomms@contacts.bham.ac.uk and we'll add it to the page.

 

 

Term

Explanation

A2B

Access to Birmingham scheme

AD

Assistant Director

Alta HR

In-house payroll and personnel software package

ASA

Academic and Student Administration (former title for Registry)

Banner

Database for students, applicants, modules and programmes.

BIRMS

Banner Interface Records Management System, used for managing student records

BP

Business Partner in the Colleges based in a Corporate Service

BOXI

Business Objects XI used to access a central repository of management information reports

BPAS

Birmingham Pension and Assurance Scheme

BUAFTA

Birmingham University Awards For Tremendous Achievement

CLAD

Centre for Learning and Academic Development, part of Academic Services

CAL

College of Arts and Law

Canvas The University's current virtual learning environment

CoSS

College of Social Sciences

Coda

University financial system software

Contensis

Content management system for updating the University website and intranet

Council

The University’s supreme governing body, responsible for setting the strategic direction and policies governing all aspects of the University’s activity

Court

Meets annually, appoints the Chancellor, receives the annual report and accounts and comments upon any proposed changes to the Charter and Statutes.

CNCR

Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics

CMCM

College Marketing and Communications Manager

CRL

Cadbury Research Library

DARO

Development and Alumni Relations Office, part of Corporate Services

D&P

Design and Publications, part of External Relations and responsible for graphic design, printing services and the media centre

DoOps

College Directors of Operations, members of RLG (see below)

EEG

Equality Executive Group, reports into University Executive Board.

EPS

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

FEC

Full economic costing, a way of calculating financial information

FIN form

Finance forms used for a variety of purposes

FoI

Freedom of Information (Act)

HAS

Hospitality and Accommodation Services

HE

Higher Education

HEI

Higher Education Institution, all universities and some further education colleges offering third level education

HoC

Head of College, academic lead for each College, is also a PVC

HEFCE

Higher Education Funding Council For England

HESA

Higher Education Statistics Agency

HYS

Have your say all staff engagement survey

iVLE

Institutional Virtual Learning Environment (currently WebCT)

JNCC

Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee for academic and academic related staff unions

JUC

Joint Negotiating Committee for support staff unions

KPI/KPT

Key Priority Indicators/Key Priority Targets used for Performance Management

LES

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

LRAT

Learning Resources and Accommodation Team supports IT and audio visual resources in teaching spaces

MDS

College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Met and Mat

Metallurgy and Materials, part of EPS

MTC

Manufacturing Technology Centre

NSS

National Student Survey

OFFA

Office For Fair Access

PDR

Performance and Development Review – annual review meeting for support staff

POD

People and Organisational Development, part of HR

Portal

my.bham.ac.uk – student and staff web portal

Proactis

University’s spend control system, accessed online

PVC

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, an academic who reports to the VC and has responsibility for strategic leadership of a particular area of the University’s business

RCS

Research and Commercial Services, part of Finance

R&KT

Research and Knowledge Transfer

REF

Research Excellence Framework, assessment of research quality by HEFCE completed every few years

RLG

Registrar's Leadership Group made up of Directors of Corporate Services (SOGs) and College Directors of Operations (DoOp) and Chaired by the Registrar and Secretary

RMS

Revised Model Statues, changes were made to the legislation of the University that took effect at the same time as organisational changes in August 2008

Senate

The Senate has delegated responsibility from the Council for regulating and directing the academic work of the University in teaching, examining and research.

SDR

Staff Development Review – annual review meeting for academic and academic related staff

SE

Sustainable Excellence (2009-2012) a three year plan developed prior to the full Strategic Framework begin developed

SF

Strategic Framework (2010-2015) also called Shaping the Future: Birmingham 2015 – the University’s strategic direction

SLC

Student Loans Company

SOG(s)

Senior Officers Group - Directors of Corporate Services

SPRC

Strategic Planning and Resources Committee, reports to Council

UCMS

University Content Management System previously used for updating the bham.ac.uk site. Replaced by Contensis.

UEB

University Executive Board

ULF

University Leadership Forum where senior managers meet to discuss leadership and management of the University (invitation only)

Unified Administration

Everyone in Colleges and Corporate Services who is a professional administrator rather than an academic

USS

Universities Superannuation Scheme, national pension scheme for academic and academic related staff

UST University Senior Tutor

VC

Vice-Chancellor

VC suite

Vice Chancellor and his support team including PVCs, many of whom are based in Aston Webb building

VP

Vice-Principal and Provost, may Deputise for the VC

WebCT

The University's previous virtual learning environment

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