Alumni Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Alumni in Attendance: Alice Lord, Alison Hope, Chris Furness, Sally Jones, Tom Slatter, Trevor Richards, Guilherme Guimarães, Martin McKervey, Richard Mayson, Susan Belcher, Alison Gardner, Jenny Crook, Mark Ansell, Keith Layden, Claire Kilner, Susanna Chiu 

Staff in Attendance: Miles R Stevenson, Richard Hudson, Gill Valentine (13:30 to 13:50), Michelle Moore, Claire Rundstrom, Lizzie Ruse, Sara Qutub, Laura Gribben, plus Helen Lally, Mark Holden, David Holland, Jonathan Crockett from 15:30.

External Guests in Attendance: Karl Brown of HLM Architects, Matt Hutton of Bond Bryan from 15:30.

Chair: Richard Mayson. Secretary: Laura Gribben.

Apologies: Emily Knights, Kathryn Riddle, Katherine Whitton, Sir Keith Burnett, Kieran Maxwell, Flo Brookes, Thomas Brindley, Sir Peter Middleton, Abdi-aziz Suleiman

1. Welcome and Introductions
Minutes and matters arising: The minutes were approved as a correct record of the last meeting.

2. The President and Vice-Chancellor’s Update, Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy VC
Professor Valentine began by informing the Board that the University was in the Times World Ranking top 50, plus the QS World Ranking top 75 for 2018. 

Professor Wyn Morgan would lead in the development of the programme level approach to Learning and Teaching. The review would take into account the pressure students were under and how their mental health would affect their learning experience. 

Professor Valentine reported that the quality of Artificial Intelligence teaching at the University had received praise from industry experts. The Today Show had also broadcast an episode from the AMRC where the University offered new and exciting apprenticeships. 

Professor Valentine concluded that the applicants for the new Vice-Chancellors’ appointment were shortlisted and interviews were planned for 18-19 June. If the selected candidate was approved, it was expected that an announcement would be made around early July.

3. International Alumni Groups Update, Sara Qutub, International Development Manager
A presentation was given which included details of the increased number of members in China, Malaysia, Mexico and India. 

An Alumni Ambassadors pilot scheme was also planned working with recent graduates who, whilst at University, had trained as international student ambassadors for Global Engagement, to support student recruitment. 

Upcoming overseas events included dates in Dubai, Australia, China, Hong Kong and the USA.

4. Fundraising Update, Michelle Moore, Deputy Director of Advancement & Head of Fundraising
A presentation on the progress of the Sheffield Scanner campaign was given. 

The Big Walk 2018 had been featured in the Yorkshire Post and would include non-University participants for the first time. Board members were invited to join as walkers or volunteers on the 26.2 mile circular walk in the Peak District on Friday 22nd June.

5. Events Update
The Board members ran through the Events calendar up to October 2018 and discussed regional events in London and Hong Kong.

6. Distinguished Alumni Awards, Claire Rundstrom, Head of Alumni Relations
An update was given regarding the alumni who had been chosen by the Board at their meeting in February for the Alumni Award.

7. Future Agenda Items
- An update of the Alumni Portal
- Student mental health

8. Presentations on the new Social Sciences Hubs and Engineering Heartspace Projects 

Social Science Hub
HLM Architects - Karl Brown
EFM - David Holland

Bond Bryan Architects - Matt Hutton
EFM - Helen Lally

Dates of the next two meetings:
Tuesday 13th November 2018, in Sheffield, to tie in with the ESPS event.
March 2019, in London (to be confirmed).