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Senate discussion 2 June 2021: Looking Forward - Delivering on Strategy 2030

All members of staff are warmly invited to the presentation and discussion section of Senate.

The meeting will open with updates from the Convener of Senate, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson.

This will be followed by a presentation and discussion on 'Looking Forward - Delivering on Strategy 2030'.

Speakers and topics

Introduction and Delivering on Strategy 2030 discussion paper

Sarah Smith, Vice-Principal Strategic Change and Governance and University Secretary

Earlier this month a paper was circulated to all staff which discussed how we can make best use of our knowledge, skills, energy and resources to deliver on the aspirations set out in Strategy 2030.  It set out ideas on how our current ways of working might evolve in the future, also reflecting a number of strands of activity that are already underway. 

This session will explore a number of these themes and provide updates on our approach to the next academic year and beyond, including our plans for hybrid working and the digital developments to support that.  The sessions will address some of the critical challenges and opportunities we face as an institution as we look at how we can adapt to more flexible working patterns, while maintaining the Edinburgh experience and the strong physical community and sense of belonging for both staff and students.

Approach for 2021/22 academic year and beyond

  • Key planning assumptions – Barry Neilson, Director of Strategic Change
  • Student Experience and Student Support – Colm Harmon, Vice Principal Students
  • Research and Innovation – Jonathan Seckl, Senior Vice-Principal
  • Estates infrastructure – Catherine Martin, Vice-Principal (Interim) Corporate Services
  • Hybrid working – Gavin McLachlan, Vice-Principal and Chief Information Officer, and Librarian to the University

The audience will have opportunities to provide feedback and ask questions following the presentation. The meeting will be recorded, and made available to staff on request.

Meeting details

The session will take place on Wednesday 2 June from 2-4pm. The meeting will take place online, and further details will be sent to participants in advance of the meeting.

Book your space through MyEd

In order to allow time for the meeting set-up, please note registration will close at 5pm on Monday 31 May 2021.

Please note that this event will be recorded, and recordings will be made available to staff on request.

Further information

Information on Strategy 2030 is available on the University website:

Strategy 2030

Brief updates on the Senate presentations and discussion in October 2020 and February 2021 are now available on the Senate website:

Senate presentation and discussion