Planning and Performance

The Planning and Performance team’s activities are shown below:

Strategic Planning

The Planning Support Officers (PSOs) support the planning round, through which the University reviews strategic direction, assesses performance and agrees future plans. The team has responsibility for supporting faculties, departments and other professional services throughout the planning round. This includes:

  • Analysis to inform strategic decision making.
  • Support for completion of Planning Round documentation (i.e. narratives and risk registers).
  • Student number and income forecasting.
  • Support for using Academic Planner which supports department planning and models future student, staff and income scenarios. The final plans feed directly into the University's student number and income forecasts.
  • Advise on current and emerging higher education policies and issues.

Fee Setting

  • Annual fee setting: We coordinate the University's annual fee setting process and advise on fee levels at all levels of study. This includes setting the institutional standard fees, providing departments with competitor analysis and assistance when setting programme level fees, and maintaining accurate fee lists.
  • Ad-hoc fee approval: We also advise on fees for new programmes during the programme approval process and ensure that these are approved via the relevant governance process.

Business Planning

  • In liaison with Finance, PSOs support departments and faculties in planning for new investment including capital investment and new programmes. This includes advising on strategic alignment and financial viability.
  • A series of related resources are available to download from the top right menu on this page. For further advice or support please contact your relevant Planning Support Officer:

      Faculty of Science: Rebecca Carpenter, 0114 22 21063,

      Faculty of Arts & Humanities: Laura Filsak, 0114 22 21068,

      Faculty of Engineering: Richard Eastall, 0114 22 21008,

      Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health: James Mumford, 0114 22 21056,

      Faculty of Social Sciences: Luke Reynolds, 0114 22 26255,