Our team was restructured last year in the first part of 2016. It was successful and the structure of the team is much more coherent now and will enable us to deliver the service more effectively. We had some vacant posts and some of these were filled. But as everyone knows, who has been through this process, it is very time consuming.
So by the middle of this semester we were more or less settled and then…the University announced a Voluntary Redundancy Scheme…and so, on we go with that. It is due to finish at the end of April. It is a really good deal for those members of staff that can take it and obviously it is important for the University to be in a secure financial position and make savings where necessary.
It will undoubtedly mean more changes but I think that things change anyhow and it’s important to make the best of the good times and be resilient for the changing times. The other change that is happening is that our Director of Information Services is retiring and there will be a recruitment process to find a replacement. This is a real shame as he has been great and has been vital to the success of our integrated Library and IT departments as Information Services.
We are at the beginning of a library building refurbishment project that will see the library transformed through out. The enabling work is starting soon with planning to move stock and plans for furniture moves and optimising study space. The refurbishment will mean major changes to the learning environment for students and also for staff – we will be moving to open plan working areas. We have been doing some process improvement exercises to look at how we will be able to do things more effectively in the future.