Pro Vice-Chancellor's Report - Planning and Development

Professor Andrew Downes

Professor Andrew Downes

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Office of Planning and Development

The University Office of Planning and Development (UOPD), in conjunction with the University Project Management Office (UPMO), are responsible for University-wide strategic planning, institutional research, development funding and project management.

During the academic year 2015-2016, UOPD continued to monitor the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2012-2017 and began preparations for the University’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

Institutional research projects were completed across several areas, including Tracer Study of Graduates; Undergraduate Experience; Postgraduate Experience; Non-tuition fee Expenditure of Students; and Predictors of Degree Performance.

The Office also produced the second issue of the Higher Education and Statistical Review which focused on Productivity and Performance at The UWI.

The Office coordinated the submission of data to ranking agencies such as U-Multirank, Times Higher Education/Thomson Reuters, and UI GreenMetric, and used this information to assess the international competitiveness of the University.

Training Workshops were designed and offered to staff across the University in Strategic/Operational Planning and the Balanced Scorecard (BSC), to help departments and faculties with their planning and reporting processes. The UPMO designed and convened workshops in project management and non-research proposal development and assisted with the management of projects implemented by the Open and Mona campuses and the Regional Headquarters.