News from Senior Vice-Principal

Dear student,

On behalf of the University I want to extend a warm welcome to you all and hope you are enjoying the autumn term. I also want to update you on recent developments designed to enable us to continue to invest in your experience and add further value to your degree, and to reassure you that through our current savings programme your education is our top priority.

I hope this brief overview is useful. The links below will direct you to more information if you are interested.

As a university we are committed to continually improving all aspects of student life. This term we enabled you for the first time to select your programmes and timetable online (using MyCurriculum and MyTimetable), offered a wider range of accommodation, a new nursery for students with pre-school children, and increasing opportunities to broaden your horizons and gain the attributes and experience that we know employers seek and which have helped propel us into the top ten UK universities for graduate job success in the latest league table.

With many strengths to build on, we need to focus our efforts on growing as an international university, and returning students may be aware of a big planning and consultation exercise last year which resulted in a shared vision and strategic plan for the University for the next five years. To see this plan follow the link below.

Achieving our ambitions for the University, and for your experience studying here, requires us to remain financially strong in what is a very challenging financial climate for all universities. With rising costs, we need to make savings in our budget in order to continue to invest in our campus and an ever-better student and academic experience. You can find out how we are making these savings on the link below, including the voluntary severance scheme for staff.

Each of our schools now has its own strategic plan for the next five years, which is similarly ambitious in wanting to invest in areas of strength, balanced by spending less on some programmes which are now less popular with students and research funders. This means aligning our staffing, and streamlining our systems and structures to get ourselves into the best possible shape for success.

Importantly, I want to stress to all students that your experience is at all times our number-one priority, and we are committed to continuing to strengthen our areas of academic excellence in teaching and learning, and to maintain all aspects of student experience and support. A small number of students may experience changes to the content of their courses (which is a normal occurrence every year as programmes evolve and new courses appear). However no student should worry that they will not be able to complete the degree they enrolled for.

You will find more information below, and can I remind you that your views are always important to us, either through your representatives at the Aberdeen University Students Association (AUSA), or direct to University management via Infohub.

I wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

Professor Jeremy Kilburn

Senior Vice-Principal