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Our Future Staff Ideas

1. Income Generation (61 suggestions)

  • Sell our experience, skills and facilities. Examples include ideas for health, costume, professional education, a legal advice service, architectural consultancy, renting and setting up an arts studio, Fitness diagnostics, Initial teacher Training, HR, e-learning, design innovation, IT repairs, events management service, and selling student work
  • Diversifying our product mix including running short courses, running two year degrees, advertising modular degrees, running on-line programmes, and franchising courses to FE.
  • Setting up a conference centre/hotel
  • Renting out space to business for health, TV, arts and retail purposes
  • Charging for other services
  • Set up a University Enterprise fund to pump-prime enterprise activities
  • Create a Food Court to generate additional funds
  • Charge an extra 1p per sheet for photocopying
  • Set up a Nursery
  • Develop fund-raising and alumni relations
  • Establish a University of Huddersfield bank


2. Cost savings (86 suggestions)

  • Save paper by;  not printing meeting papers,  having electronic submission of assessments and return of marks, setting printers to double sided printing, stopping printing staff development books, not giving students handouts and encouraging use of Blackboard.
  • Save energy by banning use of private electrical equipment in offices, training more staff in TREND system, isolating and marking all water valves, using only network printers.
  • Save on procurement of mobile phones
  • Cease internal hospitality for meetings
  • Cease paying interview expenses
  • Interview by Skype
  • Placement visits by Skype
  • Recycle furniture and IT equipment and develop commercial recycling
  • Reduce staff costs by moving all staff to 80% contracts, reducing holiday entitlement, and implementing an across the board pay cut
  • Close the University one day a week
  • Ensure all letters are sent second class by default
  • Reducing administration and bureaucracy
  • Introduce car parking charges
  • Cut back PTHP and agency staff, and introduce an in-house team for filling short term gaps
  • Cut back on travel and subsistence, and on hospitality at meetings
  • Suggestion that external examiner meetings should be conducted on-line
  • Restructure the University Schools and Services
  • Create an innovation fund to take forward money saving ideas
  • Integrate IT systems to remove duplication
  • Work in partnership with external agencies to cut costs
  • Work harder to cut heating and lighting bills by turning down thermostats, reducing heating at weekends and turning off lights
  • Run an early retirement  scheme
  • Develop a transparent workload management system to ensure all staff have an equitable and fairly distributed workload
  • Reduce paper publications and introduce electronic payslips
  • Stop end of year spend on gadgets and IT
  • Do all evening and weekend teaching in one building to save utility/security spend
  • Consider bulk purchasing in a consortium
  • Use lease cars instead of hiring
  •  Replace PCs on a 4 yearly rather than a 3 yearly cycle
  • Staff to take a pay cut
  • Cut non-pay spend in Schools by 10% through better procurement
  • Look to outsource activities to drive down costs


3. Improving marketing and the student experience (52 responses)

  • Improve web search optimisation
  • Develop social media for marketing to students
  • Try to recruit from Greenhead and New College
  • Look at how we market student accommodation
  • Establish a one stop shop for students
  • Run summer schools
  • Open late for students
  • Speed up response to applicants
  • Allow students to pay on 10-12 month direct debits
  • Set up a Schools Liaison function which builds relationships with Schools and Head Teachers
  • Set up a recruitment agency to help students find jobs
  • Sponsor local junior sports clubs
  • Run more open days including open days for industry
  • Accredit industry software qualifications for students
  • Put lectures on the web to allow staff more time to spend in smaller group work
  • Design our support services around the needs of students
  • Change the University name
  • Use Sir Patrick Stewart in marketing
  • Set up a cultural/arts centre for students
  • Provide more pastoral support for students including better careers advice
  • Use careers information more in marketing
  • Do research on non completers to understand reasons for leaving
  • Open staff development sessions to students
  • Do market research before putting on new courses
  • Run enrichment courses for students
  • Put a clock on St Paul’s
  • Offer cheaper fees to the children of staff


4. International Recruitment (8 responses)

  • Have January intakes for all programmes
  • Recruit in the US
  • Open overseas offices
  • Do market research
  • Employ an IT skills tutor


5. Oldham and Barnsley (8 responses)

  • Build student accommodation
  • Raise grades to the same level as Queensgate
  • Charge the same fees as at Queensgate in 2012
  • Deliver only FE programmes so we compete directly with the FE Colleges
  • Offer specialist HE provision that we don’t have at Queensgate

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Athena Swan Bronze Award

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