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Scottish Planners Group

 

Scottish Student Number Planning

Lead: Peter Black – Strathclyde peter.black@strath.ac.uk

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Scottish Funding Council Interactions

Lead: Ester Rustuc – St Andrews dosp@st-andrews.ac.uk

A significant part of what most Planners do is associated with policies, processes and requests from the SFC. The SFC have stated their intention to work more closely with the sector to make improvements and reduce burden. To make the most of the opportunities to collaborate and influence better outcomes, Scottish Planners set up a working group, Scottish Funding Council Interactions (SFCIG).

The SFCIG is led by Graeme Duff, University of Stirling, and Ester Ruskuc, University of St Andrews and working with the SFC it will engage with a range of matters where appropriate such as:

  • the SFC Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability in Further and Higher Education;
  • making indicative/final/other funding releases more accessible and more readily comparable;
  • Outcome Agreements;
  • statistical and ad-hoc returns;
  • controlled and non-controlled population management;
  • funding initiatives.

The Group will meet virtually 3-4 times a year or when there is a need.

Please use the dedicated discussion board here as an informal way to raise questions or discuss. We also have a space for relevant documents in the resources area.

If you are interested in joining SFCIG, please email: membership@phes.ac.uk

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Data and BI in Scotland

Lead: Kirsty Roden - Glasgow Caledonian kirsty.roden@gcu.ac.uk

Co Lead: Steve McDonald - Glasgow Caledonian - steven.mcdonald@glasgow.ac.uk

The Data and Business Intelligence interest group will provide opportunities to share best practice, knowledge and ideas and will facilitate networking between colleagues in the Scottish HE sector.

The group will include discussion on:

  • Data analytics
  • Data ethics
  • Data quality and governance
  • Data strategies
  • Data visualisation tools
  • HESA Data Futures
  • HEIDI Plus
  • Learning analytics

While not an exhaustive list the above indicates some of the topics for exploration by the group

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Strategy Development in Scotland 

Lead: Alison Watson - RGU a.c.watson@rgu.ac.uk

Planners in HEIs across Scotland will be involved to different degrees in setting strategy, setting annual mechanisms to ensure implementation of that strategy, monitoring performance and reporting on that performance to their Governing body. This group is open to planners at all levels to share our experiences and good practice. The group will include discussion on, but won’t be limited to, the following:

  • Methods for setting strategy
  • Effects of the external environment on strategy (links with Outcome Agreements)
  • How do we make sure that the strategy is implemented?
  • Business Plans
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • The reporting mechanisms that are used – frequency and methods of reporting
  • Relationships with other university departments
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Risk Management in Scotland

Lead: Iain Grant - Aberdeen i.grant@abdn.ac.uk

This interest group focuses on risk management in Higher Education, with a particular focus on strategic risk management, and how that interfaces with strategic planning. The group will discuss and share best practice, looking at what the major risks are facing the sector in Scotland and beyond, as well as risk management arrangements; from risk register templates, identification, monitoring and management processes, scoring mechanisms, and the use of risk appetite ratings and tolerance thresholds, among other features.

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Scottish Policy

Lead: Laura Knox – St Andrews dirplan@st-andrews.ac.uk

A significant part of what most Planners do is associated with external policy drivers and ensuring we can help our institutions shape these policy drivers, or develop our response to them.

The policy group will engage with a range of matters where appropriate such as:

  • Scottish Government initiatives
  • Teaching and Learning policy
  • Research policy
  • Statutory returns (excluding SFC as this is covered by the SFC Interactions Group
  • NSS, TEF and UKPIs
  • Other OfS related initiatives that may impact on Scotland
  • E&D
  • Brexit and Scottish Independence
  • Supporting Universities Scotland as appropriate

The group will also share best practice in relation to ensuring our own institutions can distil, summarise and communicate key external policy drivers to our internal stakeholders.

The Group will meet virtually 3-4 times a year or when there is a need.

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