Will building debris behind Winton Square be removed?

QUESTION:

Now that the work on the College Road car park has been completed, are there any plans to remove the skips, containers and left over building materials etc from the car park at the rear of Winton Square as they are taking up a number of valuable parking spaces.

 

ANSWER:

The contractor’s skip and surplus materials will be removed shortly and we will review the location of  the University skip to minimise loss of car park spaces.

Why is the lighting outside Brindley so bad?

QUESTION:

I am just writing to complain about the lighting outside Brindley Building, this is if you come out by the Dolche Vita, and turn right to get onto Leek Road.  As the lighting is worked by solar energy, and the sun has not been shining recently, it is quite dark and gloomy.  This path is used by lots of students and staff.

I just wondered if anything could be done about this?

 

ANSWER:

The lighting outside Brindley has developed a fault and we will be carrying out repairs shortly. This should return the level of lighting to an acceptable standard.

Could The Pavilion have power assisted doors?

QUESTION:

I have noticed on a couple of occasions the problems that some of our Students who use wheelchairs have entering the Restaurants in the Cadman Building.  The Student Enabling Office have a power assisted door entrance system and I would have thought this system could be used on the Restaurant doors.

I know this costs money, but it would save our Students from having to wait for someone to open the door to allow them access, and it also gives them the independence to do it themselves.

 

ANSWER:

The entrances to the Pavilion have been made accessible to people in wheelchairs and we have not received any complaints about problems.  We are however planning a new catering facility in the Brindley building which will be the main restaurant for the Stoke Campus from the end of next year and this will have powered doors to the entrances.

Why has the hedge on College Road been dug up?

QUESTION:

Was it ‘green‘ to dig up the hedge separating the car park from college road ?  Do four trees make up for an evergreen hedge?

 

ANSWER:

The hedge was removed because it was harbouring rats as a result of people throwing paper and food away after visiting the Fish and Chip Shop/Sandwich Shop. Trees have been planted to reduce the opportunity for litter build-up in the future.

Why do we use external training when we have a strong internal skill set?

QUESTION:

Please could you tell me if there is a process for checking whether expertise is available within the university before we commission external providers to deliver training?

There have been a couple of occasions recently when external organisations have offered staff development that I would have thought was part of our internal skill set. The results may not only demoralise those who feel they have been overlooked in preference for an external organisation (what a message to send to outside organisations about our expertise!), but also incur costs that could have been prevented.

ANSWER:

The staff within the Centre for Professional Development have a wide repertoire of training skills, experience and knowledge, and offer a broad range of courses, both accredited and non-accredited. Occasionally, however, they will look externally for providers if they consider that a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ would add value. This is always done in full knowledge of what can be offered elsewhere within the University, which is assessed first. A good example of this is the use of an external company to deliver a 7 day accredited course in coaching, entitled ‘Solution Focussed Management. This will build upon the Centre for Professional Development’s existing Creating a ‘Coaching Culture’ workshop and the 2-day Coaching for Success ULM programme. Participants on the new course will then be advised of possible progression routes within the University such as the post-graduate courses in coaching and mentoring in both AMD and the Business School.
 
Many of the Centre for Professional Development courses use the expertise of staff from across the University who are invited to give specialist inputs based on their knowledge, experience and/or research. This partnership approach is considered both a strength and good practice; it is highly valued by participants, and is always given willingly, free of charge.

A great example of this is the Higher Education – Leadership and Practice course.  If other staff from across the University would like to contribute, free of charge, to any of the Centre for Professional Development’s course, please do not hestitate to get in touch- their input would be most welcome.