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Update on SEP - progression of key activities and revised planning

03 Aug 2020

Simon Merrywest, Director for the Student Experience and SEP Programme Director, shares an update on our Student Experience Programme

Gilbert Square from above

Whilst some of the Student Experience Programme’s activity was put on pause at the end of March to enable colleagues to dedicate their time to other critical University activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to stress that not all activity stopped. A core group of colleagues have continued to work on the technology development, transition readiness and re-planning activity for SEP.

To continue to progress the valuable work from the various SEP Theme Working Groups, an Organisational Change Working Group was brought together. This smaller group has been reviewing the progress made to date by the Theme Working Groups and reviewing the feedback from various engagement activities that have taken place, to develop high-level organisational design recommendations to support the aims and objectives of the Programme. This work is now helping to inform the revised planning for SEP and the associated timelines for people and structural change, and technology and process delivery.

Our commitment to the Programme is unwavering and we remain committed to progressing with SEP and delivering its benefits. We expect to have more details to share with colleagues on the next steps following the next SEP Board meeting which will take place in early September. Those colleagues who were released temporarily from their work on SEP to support their business as usual roles, will therefore continue to remain in their usual (non-SEP) roles until at least the end of September.

Best wishes

Simon Merrywest, Director for the Student Experience and SEP Programme Director.