Appendix 2: Work Slate projects

Many of the strategies in the 2011–2015 Strategic Plan build on existing projects in the Vice-Chancellors's Work Slate, which was launched in 2008 to identify and monitor University-wide projects and activities that are critical to achieving our strategic goals.

Appendix 2, below, shows the relationship between existing Work Slate projects and initiatives in the 2011–2015 Strategic Plan as of July 2010.

Completed Work Slate projects as at 31 July 2010

Incomplete Work Slate projects as at 31 July 2010


Research

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation
Review of Area Studies
100%
Continue to discuss ways in which we might better profile and coordinate teaching, research training and research in the social sciences, particularly with key stakeholders in the Faculty of Arts.
1(i)

Research Management Program (RMP) – Horizon 2 100% Develop the capacity for comprehensive recording of University research outputs and for the evidence-based identification of areas of research strength. 6(b)

Education

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation
Overseas Student Programs Strategy
100%
Build international exchange opportunities for our students and international experience for our staff.
5(a)

Non-English Language Acquisition Strategy
100% Finalise the implementation of the Second Language Acquisition project.
5(b)
Review of Coursework Master’s 100% Establish a Curriculum Committee of SEG to oversee a University-wide program of curriculum renewal and ensure coherence of our programs and courses. 3(a)
Undergraduate Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs 100% Establish a Curriculum Committee of SEG to oversee a University-wide program of curriculum renewal and ensure coherence of our programs and courses. 3(a)
University-wide Assessment Policy 100% Implement the assessment principles flowing from the Academic Board review, begun in 2009. 3(e)
Review of PhD 100% Extend the standard full-time duration of the PhD program to four years to provide scope for broadening methodological and generic skills training, where appropriate. 9(c)

Student Experience and Support

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation
Review of Indigenous Student Support Services
100%
Develop and implement clear strategies in response to the recommendations of the Review of Indigenous Education.

10(a)
Foster stronger relationships based on mutual respect with local, regional and national Indigenous communities.
10(b)
Ensure Indigenous perspectives are taken into account in our planning and decision-making processes.
10(c)
Enhance the pathways and support we provide for Indigenous students to access higher education and pursue both academic and professional staff careers.
10(d)
Establish mentoring programs specific to Indigenous researchers at all career stages.
10(e)
Ensure that the specific accommodation needs of Indigenous students in particular are addressed as part of an integrated approach to solving the University’s accommodation challenges.
10(f)
Ensure that more students who graduate from the University do so with a deeper knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture. 10(g)
Review of Sydney Student Experience (Student Life) – Phase 1 100% Prioritise and implement the recommendations of the University Review of Co-curricular Experience to increase the effectiveness and relevance of our co‑curricular programs. 4(g)
Review of Support Services for International Students 100% Prioritise and implement the recommendations of the University Review of Support for International Students. 4(h)
Scholarship Provision Strategy 100%    

International and External Relations

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation
Overseas Offices Strategy – Phase 2
100% Pursue new funding opportunities to build capacity for international engagement and exchange.
5(f)
Fundraising Strategy
100% Plan and launch a University-wide fundraising campaign with a defined target, led by the Vice‑Chancellor.
15(e)
Sydney Ideas Program
100% Establish a coordinated University-wide management model for events and public programs, such as Sydney Ideas, that generate intellectual and creative engagement and a sense of community.
15(d)
Brand Project – Phase 2 100%    
Graduation Ceremony Improvement 100%    
Third Party Agreements – Phase 2 (Gift Policy) 100%    

Human Resources

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation
Academic Staff Development and Career Progression
100% Continue the review of the University’s Performance Management and Development system to simplify and better support the University’s performance and development needs.
12(a)
Develop and implement processes for succession planning for the University, ensuring growth opportunities and career development for all staff.
12(b)
Systematically review current learning programs and initiatives with a view to meeting identified capability development needs.
12(c)
Review arrangements for performance progression.
12(e)
Automation of HR processes
100%    
Recruitment and Selection Policy and Procedure 100%    
Review of Complaint & Dispute Handling, Grievance and Misconduct Proceedings Phase 1 100%    
Support for Deans and Heads of School 100%    

Administration

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation
Capital Projects Prioritisation
100% Apply divisional and University teaching excellence strategies in the ongoing assessment of our infrastructure needs and priorities.
7(d)
Apply divisional and University research strategies in the ongoing assessment of our infrastructure needs and priorities.
6(d)
Environmental Sustainability Strategy 100%    
Policy Management Unit – Phase 1 (Establishment) 100%    
Review of Delegations of All Core Processes Phase 1 100%    

Incomplete Work Slate projects as at 31 July 2010

Research

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation

Review of Thematic Research Strengths

10%

Develop the capacity for comprehensive recording of University research outputs to inform the evidence‑based identification of areas of research strength.

6(b)

Establish a University-wide research fund to allow strategic investment in identified areas of research.

6(c)

Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Pending

Establish the Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease as an exemplar of a major program of cross-disciplinary research and education in an area of high social impact.

8(a)

Develop governance and financial arrangements for University-wide research and education programs based on the lessons learned from the Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.

8(b)

Digitisation of HERD C and ERA Data and Open Access Policy

72%

Develop the capacity for comprehensive recording of University research outputs and for the evidence-based identification of areas of research strength.

6(b)

University Research Data Storage, Management and Access

10%

Develop the capacity for comprehensive recording of University research outputs and for the evidence-based identification of areas of research strength.

6(b)

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Showcase Program

Pending

 

 

Review of Research in the Performing and Creative Arts at Sydney

15%

 

 

Review of Research Contracts

65%

 

 

Review of Ethics Administration at Sydney: Phase I Animal Ethics, Phase II Human Ethics

76%

 

 

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA )

90%

 

 

Education

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation

Establishment of a China Studies Centre

30%

Establish University-wide centres for education and research on China and South-East Asia Studies, as recommended in the Review of Area Studies, and implement the other recommendations of that review.

8(e)

Strategy for Higher Degrees by Research (was PhD Strategy)

90%

Extend the standard full-time duration of the PhD program to four years to provide scope for broadening methodological and generic skills training, where appropriate.

9(c)

Develop clearer pathways to the PhD from Honours and alternate prior programs. 9(d)

Establish discipline-specific guidelines and training for supervisors, including provision for co-supervisors.

9(e)

Review of Research Master's

25%

Establish discipline-specific guidelines and training for supervisors, including provision for co-supervisors.

9(e)

Student Experience and Support

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation

Pastoral Care

Pending

Review and develop the University’s provision of services for student health, wellbeing and welfare.

4(a)

Student Accommodation (formerly Housing) Project

75%

Provide more affordable and appropriate student accommodation on and near the University’s campuses, consistent with the Work Slate project on student accommodation.

4(c)

Student/Lecturer Enterprise e-Learning and Teaching Systems

5%

Build upon the current Teaching and Learning Capital Fund project regarding networks of informal learning spaces around campus.

4(e)

Sydney Student

15%

Complete the Sydney Student Lifecycle Management project to create a seamless student experience of the University’s administration, from first enquiry to alumni engagement.

4(f)

Record of Student Experience

10%

 

 

International and External Relations

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation

Reciprocation and Donor Recognition

Pending

 

 

Human Resources

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation

Appointments for Overseas Academics

80%

Complete and implement the project on Appointments for Overseas Academics to facilitate the fractional appointment of academic staff also employed at an overseas university.

5(e)

Indigenous Employment Strategy

55%

Enhance the pathways and support we provide for Indigenous students to access higher education and pursue both academic and professional staff careers.

10(d)

Family Friendly Project

30%

 

 

Gender-Equity

50%

 

 

General Staff Remuneration Strategy

34%

 

 

Review of OH &S Management

75%

 

 

Administration

Work Slate project name Work Slate status Initiative description Strategic Plan Correlation

Review of Controlled Entities

80%

Evaluate existing University-wide and University-supported research and education projects, including the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and refine and strengthen the University Centres Policy.

8(d)

University Economic Model (UEM)

75%

Develop a more transparent model for the allocation of income from research students, consistent with the University Economic Model.

9(g)

Introduce the new University Economic Model for the allocation of budgets to academic units and central portfolios.

16(a)

Align the budget allocation models with the new divisional structure and charge each divisional board with accountability to SEG for budget allocations to faculties in the division.

16(b)

Introduce a transitional process in the five-year planning cycle to ease the adjustment of academic units to the implications of the University Economic Model.

16(c)

Review the financial circumstances of those academic units where revenue does not meet costs under the economic model, and determine appropriate strategies for moving those units into budget surplus or ensuring their continuation through cross-subsidy.

16(d)

Campus Facilities for Staff and Students

10%

Complete the Work Slate projects on social and catering facilities.

4(i)

Campus Master Plan

30%

 

 

Foundation Plus

30%