Open Forum

Join senior officers to hear about some of the major issues facing the University and higher education, and ask them about the issues that matter to you.

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Thursday 18 March 2021, 13:15-14:30 on Microsoft Teams Live: with Dr David Prout, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources and Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability

Join Harriet and David for this special Open Forum event focused on the University's draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

Oxford University is setting a target to achieve net zero carbon and biodiversity net gain by 2035, to help address the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. You'll hear about the strategy process, enabling policies and the priority areas which the University will focus on.

This event is open to all staff. Please register to attend by 12:00 on Wednesday 17 March.

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An Open Forum event focused on the University’s preparations for Hilary term. 

Hosted by: The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson

Presenters: Co-Chairs of the Hilary and Trinity Coordination Group

  • Professor Sam Howison, Head of Division, MPLS
  • Professor Roger Goodman, Warden of St Antony's College and Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies

with Professor Chris Conlon (Professor of Infectious Diseases, Nuffield Department of Medicine)

Panel: In addition to those above, members of the panel included Professor Anne Trefethen (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for People & Gardens Libraries and Museums), Professor Martin Williams (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education) and Professor Patrick Grant (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research).

Transcript: The transcript and slides from 22 January are now available on SharePoint (requires SSO).

This special Open Forum event focused on the launch of the Race Equality Task Force, to address racial inequality at Oxford. The event included an introduction from the Vice-Chancellor to the aims of the Task Force, followed by presentations from Dr Rebecca Surender, University Advocate for Equality and Diversity and Professor Anne Trefethen and Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Co-chairs of the Race Equality Task Force. The following members of the Task Force also gave introductions and contributed to the Q&A: Daisy Hung, Ming Alsop-Lim, Doyin Atewologun, Jane Garnett, Rob Gilbert, Alexander Gordon, Adrienne Hopkins, Matt Jarvis, Yasmin Khan, Helen Mountfield, Anthony Reddie, Diego Sanchez-Ancochea and Machilu Zimba.

A transcript from the Task Force event is now available on SharePoint, as well as the slides from Rebecca Surender’s presentation (both behind SSO).

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, discussed current challenges facing the University and answered questions on issues that matter to you. A transcript from the 4 Nov event is now available on SharePoint (requires SSO).

The Vice-Chancellor hosted a special Open Forum event focused on the University’s preparations for the next academic year. The event included a short summary presentation by Professor Karen O’Brien, Head of Humanities Division, and Baroness Jan Royall, Principal of Somerville College, Co-Chairs of the Michaelmas Coordination Group, followed by a Q&A session, where the following colleagues were on hand to respond to questions: Gill Aitken (Registrar), Professor Chris Conlon (Head of Nuffield Department of Medicine - Experimental Medicine), Professor Patrick Grant (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research), Dr David Prout (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources), Professor Anne Trefethen (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for People & Gardens Libraries and Museums) and Professor Martin Williams (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education).

You can read the transcript from the planning for Michaelmas event (SSO required) and view the presentation slides on SharePoint.

On Monday 6 July 2020 Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People & Gardens, Library and Museums) and Julian Duxfield, HR Director, discussed the progress that’s being made on the University’s people priorities and future plans, including the latest issues on pay, pensions and well-being. This event took place on Teams Live. You can read the transcript from the 6 July event and listen to the recording on Sharepoint (SSO required). Additionally, you can read answers to questions that were not answered on the day (also behind SSO).

On Thursday 18 June 2020 Professor Louise Richardson, and some of the Pro-Vice-Chancellors, discussed current challenges facing the University. This event took place on Teams Live. You can read the transcript from 18 June on SharePoint (SSO required).

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