Background to the Vice- Chancellor's Forum

As part of the development of Keele beyond 2015 it is important that we continue to innovate in relation to all of our research and teaching activities.  Much of this innovation will come through usual School/Faculty routes as well as through our committee structure.  In addition we will all recognise that entrepreneurial spirit in individual staff leads to new initiatives that can be very valuable.  Part of our challenge going forward is therefore to create room for debate of broad institutional issues involving a cross section of staff and capture best practice so that it can spread across the University.

The University Executive Committee in May 2014 agreed that a series of Vice-Chancellor‘s Forums should be introduced to help facilitate debate on broad institutional issues involving a cross section of staff and where appropriate students also. Senate endorsed the proposal for Vice-Chancellor's Forums at its meeting in June 2014.

The Vice-Chancellor’s forums have been established to help create room for debate of broad institutional issues involving a cross section of staff and students ( where appropriate) from across the University. It is intended that there will be between 3 and 5 forums per academic year.

General features of the forums will be that they will:

  • aim to attract input from staff from across the University
  • address topics of broad interest and/or key strategic direction
  • lead to a short report on the University website so that wider comment can be captured.
  • be on academically–related topics that can be nominated by anyone in the University

They will NOT be:

  • aimed at “managerial” topics
  • decision making
  • dominated by powerpoint presentations
  • dominated by UEC members

The Forums will take different formats including:

  1. Small group debate
    • limited to 12-15 people
    • no more than 30% of attendees should be UEC members
    • staff can apply to participate
    • each debate may be "stimulated" by a very short presentation
  2. Ask the expert
    • An interview of an expert from within or beyond the University by the VC (or an interview of the VC) on a specific theme followed by a Q and A.
  3. Panel debate
    • A panel of 4 people in front of a large audience (e.g. like the final Green Week event involving the Chancellor)