UCS is a new kind of institution – one that allows you to access the knowledge and resources of a range of partners along with our two validating universities, centres throughout Suffolk and beyond, and the wider community.
A hub where staff and students, science and art, business and education can interact in new and exciting ways.
UCS is run with an Executive which is chaired by the Provost, working closely with the Principals of the colleges who are part of the UCS Network.
The UCS Executive consists of the Deputy Provost (Professional Services), Director of Human Resources, Director of Finance, the Heads of School, the Directors of Professional Services, the Director of Academic Development and the Director of Research and Enterprise (who is also the Head of the Graduate School). In addition, there is a small Senior Team comprising the Provost (Chair), the Deputy Provost (Professional Services), Director of Human Resources and the Director of Finance, which deals with strategic and operational business in liaison with the Executive.
The operation of UCS is overseen by the UCS Board chaired in rotation by the Vice Chancellors of the Universities of East Anglia and Essex, to whom the Provost and Chief Executive is accountable. The membership of the Board is at present drawn from, amongst others, our validating Universities, the Chief Executives of Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council and the Principals of Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College.
Research is central to UCS strategy and is carried out primarily through the academic schools at UCS with the support of the Office of Research and Enterprise.
The role of the Office is to effectively promote research and scholarship across UCS and externally, and to support our academic schools in this mission. The Business Development team also work closely with the academic staff, engaging with businesses to support the development and growth of enterprise initiatives, such as leadership development and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
The Office currently houses The Leadership Academies - a joint venture between all NHS organisations in Norfolk and Suffolk working together with UCS to provide a local centre of excellence to develop NHS leaders.
Furthermore, the Office of Research and Enterprise manages UCS’ Graduate School, which has been formed to increase the support available for postgraduate students.
Dr Penny Cavenagh is the Director of Research and Enterprise, Head of the Graduate School and Co-director of the Norfolk and Suffolk Leadership Academies.
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