The course will be instructive but also include an interactive strategic planning component where the rankings methodologies will be systematically de-constructed and various strategies for university improvement discussed. There is a strong emphasis on openness and interaction so participants will have the opportunity to put their own points of view or to address specific questions concerning them either with the group or privately. There will be a series of short lectures with breaks for questions, comments and input from participants and some practical sessions. To make the most of the course, participants are encouraged to come prepared with questions specific to their role.
- Senior university managers: with responsibility for strategic planning, public reporting, funding allocation or other interest in benchmarking and university rankings
- Senior administrators, finance, HR and personnel who represent the university externally
- Senior researchers leading large research teams publishing a significant proportion of the university’s output and responsible for setting up collaborations with universities both nationally and internationally
Senior Teaching Fellow in Statistics
University College London, GOS Institute of Child Health
Anita Jackson is the Director of Planning and Student Information at the University of Kent. Anita has over twenty years’ experience of working in higher education, gaining experience in different roles across the sector working for research intensive, small and specialist and modern metropolitan institutions as well as managing a research portfolio for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and being Deputy Manager of the national Research Assessment Exercise 2001. During this time Anita has coordinated institutional strategic planning, developed and monitored corporate performance metrics, established risk management frameworks, initiated the development of business analytics, advised on the implications of changing HE policy and ensured statutory compliance.
Anita is also an executive member of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) and participates in an advisory capacity to inform developments in Higher Education at a national level.