What will the new science centre be named?

QUESTION:
The Science and Technology building is close to completion, and staff and equipment are going to be moving in over the summer. What is happening about naming the building? All the other university buildings have names (eg Henrion, Dwight, Mellor, Cadman) and a prestigious building like this should have a name. Why don’t you ask staff to suggest names for the new building?

When is the opening ceremony, and is a VIP coming to cut the ribbon?

 

ANSWER:
Exciting times lay ahead with the new Science Centre due to be formally in use by Uniq-wide students and staff from the new academic year this September.

In terms of agreeing a name for this new investment, research is currently underway and we will be able to make an announcement shortly. However, we have a formal launch event scheduled for Friday October 12th, with other activities being planned for the following week.

To acknowledge this investment by Staffordshire University in the University Quarter (UniQ), we are talking to our stakeholders about a celebration – it will, of course, have a ‘science’ theme!
Very soon, in Universities Week (commencing 30 April) the ground floor is being made ready to enable a few preview activities to go ahead – a taster of the bigger things to come.

Keep an eye on the programme!  

 

 

Could an ‘International House’ be established?

QUESTION:
My colleagues and I have canvassed numerous years now for the establishment of an International House, a hub where students of all nationalities can meet, socialize, receive support and guidance and also learn about British Culture, and at the same time improve their English language skills, and perhaps even learn another language. As with other international houses, a range of authentic food reflecting the diverse origins of the students could also be provided.

We are of the opinion that academic success is enabled and indeed supported through continuous pastoral care and extracurricular activities.

My question therefore is:
How does the executive see the integration of these ideas with the wider plan to support our international students?

 
ANSWER:
The University Plan includes an objective to increase the number of international students studying at the University. We recognise that a critical element in our efforts to attract students from overseas is our ability to create a learning and social environment in which students feel safe and supported and in which they can they can develop the full set of skills and knowledge to allow them to succeed in their studies.

A new Student Experience Strategy is currently under development and the support arrangements for international students will form a key part of that Strategy, including the issues you have raised.

 

 

Why are there differences between the Stafford and Shrewsbury Open days?

QUESTION:

At the Faculty of Health Staff forum it came to light that there is a lack of parity for the student experience at open days between those attending Stafford and those attending Shrewsbury.

We heard that potential students attending Stafford get ‘corporate gifts’ as do students attending these open days from other faculties. Here at Shrewsbury it has only been a recent addition that our potential students get a glass of juice & biscuit they certainly do not get the ‘corporate gift’.

Can you explain why this is and why Shrewsbury is not considered worthy of having equity and parity with Stafford campus?

 
ANSWER:

Open Day events at Shrewsbury are organised by the Faculty of Health and focus only on the health professions, while the Stafford and Stoke events are organized by Sales and Student Recruitment and promote all awards in the University.

A difficulty for visitors in relation to refreshments at RSH was identified a couple of years ago and therefore, cold drinks and biscuits were provided at all of last year’s events.

At an all Staff Forum on 22 March, an anomaly was identified in terms of the provision of a red Staffordshire University canvas bag for applicants at Stafford and Stoke, but not at Shrewsbury. Following the Forum, Sales and Student Recruitment were contacted in relation to corporate materials and have agreed to provide the same items for future events, so the red canvas bags will now be available to open day visitors at the next event at Shrewbury as well as the corporate open day events.

The Faculty has repeatedly suggested that this is an event which the University could use to promote wider University provision, and so last year recruitment support were invited to participate and will again be supporting the next event on the 23rd April.

Over the past few years student services have increased their presence at Shrewsbury, but it should be recognised that as a satellite campus, the Shrewsbury experience will have some differences for students compared with the bigger university experience, a point which is made at Shrewsbury Open Days.

While it is nice to be able to give visitors a promotional bag, the feedback from open day events indicates that what helps students make their decision about which course and which University to attend, is the staff and the student ambassadors.

Our staff and students on all sites do a great job at Open day events. The feedback from applicants in relation to the health professions is the friendliness, helpfulness and knowledge of staff and students, and this is what visitors remember.

Does the furniture Warehouse still operate?

QUESTION:

Does the University still operate the “furniture Warehouse” for people wishing to equip an office or remove spare furniture?

Furniture Warehouse

 

ANSWER:

The furniture warehouse is intended to assist the re-use of furniture and also reduce unecessary waste but there is very little use made of it in practice.

We are reviewing the process for furniture procurement/storage with the intention of achieving the original aims of the furniture warehouse.