Principal Sally Mapstone has emailed staff and students of the University asking for final comments on the University Strategy, drafted under her direction.
The Strategy currently being drafted will apply for the 2018-2023 period and is now in its final stages of composition. It sets out the scope and direction of the University for the highest level over this next time period.
The strategy has been discussed by the University’s Court, the primary governing body of the University, and by its Academic Council. The Joint Councils of the Students’ Association were also sought for their input last semester.
The Strategy is divided into four main themes: World Leading St Andrews, Diverse St Andrews, Global St Andrews, and Entrepreneurial St Andrews. These themes are underpinned by a University Social Responsibility Statement.
During the drafting process, Professor Mapstone consulted in open forum with staff and students, held meetings with Schools and Units, distributed a staff survey, and held specific focus groups.
Professor Mapstone highlighted the importance of the policy, saying, “Our success will depend on the choices we make, and our Strategy should serve as a framework to guide decision-making, the prioritisation of initiatives, and the allocation of resources.”
The Strategy itself points out the plan to increase the number of students to 10,000 by 2025, emphasising that the policy must prepare for this with expansion of the University estate and continued teaching quality.
Importance is also placed on diversity and inclusion within the Strategy, saying “intersectionality is a key aspect of inclusivity,” and acknowledging that the University must aim for more racial and ethnic diversity.
It is pointed out in the document sent by Professor Mapstone that “the Strategy has been developed in close consultation with the University community and itemises only those commitments that are fundamental to its realisation.”
Students and staff have the opportunity to comment on the Strategy and suggest any changes before 10 October via the online form provided by Professor Mapstone via email.
After these comments, a final version of the Strategy will go to the University Court’s meeting on Friday 26 October.
Rector Srdja Popovic has encouraged students to have their say in the University Strategy via his social media, saying, “The Plan will have long-lasting impact on the University, so make sure your voice is heard!”