Framing the Future: “You can have any kind of future for RHUL, anything at all, as long as it involves expansion.”

We’ve had a few of the scheduled “Framing the Future” events, so we have an opportunity to reflect on the overall approach and some of the specific sessions. We might think it is helpful to bring in external speakers to provoke staff to consider some exciting possibilities, but the timeline suggests the Council will set the framework at their Away Day in November, with limited exposure to the idea of these speakers. Staff and other stakeholders will become “engaged” in the formulation next year, by which time the cynical among us might expect decisions to have been made.

Our first “framing the future” event was a sell-out; a vast number of staff gave up their valuable time to sit through a 90 minute session with two invited speakers. Sadly for the speakers, they’d not had the benefit of a TaLIG training session and didn’t realise that reading from one’s slides or taking up 80 of the 90 allocated minutes lecturing wouldn’t garner a good score from their students. Still, they were probably just keen to give us our money’s worth.

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