Introducing… Professor Kelly Coate, Pro Vice Chancellor, Education and Students

We are excited to launch the Teaching Perspectives blog with an entry from Professor Kelly Coate, Pro Vice Chancellor, Education and Students.

Professor Kelly Coate, Pro Vice Chancellor, Education and StudentsI am very excited to be joining the University of Sussex at the same time as the Strategic Framework 2025 is launched and implemented. The language and values of the Framework very much speak to me as someone who has long (and from afar) admired the foundational values of Sussex and the distinctiveness of a Sussex education. Returning to these values, and re-imagining them for the 21st Century student, is a hugely exciting challenge ahead for all of us.

We are currently finishing the draft of the Education Strategy which will underpin the aims of the Strategic Framework: we are calling it #Learn2Transform. Once the Strategy has been signed off by Council, we will be very pleased to visit Schools and/or Departments to discuss ways in which we can realise the aims within it together. One of the first activities we will undertake is to establish a #Learn2Transform Network, which will bring together staff and students who are interested in, and already active in, shaping and enhancing our education provision. We have much exciting work taking place across campus (and now beyond, through our exciting new distance provision) that we need to harness, find synergies between, celebrate and disseminate.

Just to give a flavour of our ambitions: one of the main aims of the Strategic Framework is to make our students partners in the big decisions that will shape our University’s future. There are many ways in which to develop relationships of partnership with our students, some of which I am sure colleagues in the Business School have already developed. For me, it will mean asking at every opportunity where the student voice is in our deliberations, and where the opportunities are for students to join in and participate meaningfully in our meetings, teams, working groups and events.

Inevitably, we will have ambitions which will require different types of support for staff who are interested and capable in developing new activities or innovations, but who will need time or developmental opportunities of some kind in order to make them happen. We will need to help ensure this support is in place. A related issue, in my view, is that one of the biggest influences on culture is motivation: colleagues who teach need to see that education has parity of esteem with research, and will have to see that research and recognition for education leadership is in place. This is an area of work that is already underway, and which has support from the highest levels of the University.

I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues and students in the Business School.

Kelly will be presenting at our Teaching and Learning Seminar on Monday 1 October in Jubilee G32, 2.15-3.45pm. All welcome!

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Welcome to the teaching perspectives from the Business School blog

It’s a new academic year – and time to introduce our new blog: teaching perspectives from the Business School.

Over the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be publishing a series of items from contributors inside and outside the Business School, offering insights and advice about delivering informative, engaging and impactful teaching for our students.

The blog will complement the new teaching and learning resources and guidance we’ve curated on the Business School’s internal website, including information and instructions for curriculum and assessment management, suggestions for developing your teaching, advice about career development, and key dates in the teaching and learning calendar.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading the items we post – and maybe even consider contributing your own perspectives on teaching! If you would like to write a piece for the blog, please let me know by emailing me at susan.smith@sussex.ac.uk

Susan Smith, Associate Dean for Education and Students, University of Sussex Business School

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