The Development of Anglia Polytechnic - A Discussion Paper

  1. Name, size purpose and objectives

    The Polytechnic should be called Anglia Polytechnic.

    The Polytechnic formed by the merger of the two colleges will, at its inception, have 4,100 AFE funded FTEs in a total enrolment of 5,000 FTEs. The breadth of AFE provision will be wide, embracing 14 of the current National Advisory Body's classification of 19 programmes areas to be offered in a diversity of modes attendence and levels of provision. At present day prices, the annual budget of the Polytechnic is likely to be 19M, academic staffing level 525 FTEs and overall staffing (excluding manual) 850 FTEs.

    The Polytechnic

  2. Development Strategy to mid 1990s

    To meet its objectives, the Polytechnic will place emphasis on:

  3. Governors

    The Polytechnics' Instruments and Articles of Government will be approved by the Secretary of State. They will establish a Governing Board of up to 24 members as set out in the Education Act (1988).

    The Governing Board will appoint the Directorate and approve the management and executive structure. It will determine budgets, approve the Development Plan, set targets and monitor performance.

    The Board will wish to determine its own committee structure which will allow it to fulfill its statutory responsibilities. It is hoped that, at least, it will establish two Advisory Boards to represent and involve employers in Cambridgeshire and Essex and to consider matters of particular local campus concern.

  4. Academic Board

    The merger and incorporation provide an opportunity to design an appropriate academic committee and consultative machinery, advice on which will be provided by the joint Academic Boards Working Party which has been established.

  5. Management and Executive Structure

    To gain the full benefits of merger and incorporation, the proposals for the internal structure:

    An integrated final structure is being proposed so that all staff can see the projected shape of the Polytechnic. Good management dictates that the speed and completeness of its introduction ensures continuing staff committment whilst not impeding flexibility. An integrated Directorate structure will be introduced from the outset.

  6. Directorate

    The nature and responsibilities of the Directorate will be determined by the Governing Board. These proposals will be put forward for their consideration:

    1. At least initially, the Directorate should be located on the existing campuses linked by a sophisticated communication system. Each member would have Polytechnic-wide responsibilities and formal campus responsibility although, as Faculties will be the main budget centres, many "site" matters will be dealt with by the appropriate managers on site.

    2. In the initial four years, the Directorate should be larger (7) than is envisaged eventually (4) to cope with the merger, incorporation, implementing the Development Plan, accreditation and modularisation. The final composition of the Directorate is envisaged as being Director, Deputy Director and a maximum of two Assistant Directors.

    3. Initially it is proposed that there should be a Director and a Pro Director each on four year contracts. They would work closely together, sharing the abnormal work-load of merging two institutions, negotiating and implementing a major expansion and adaption programme and esablishing new relationships with PCFC, central and local government, other agencies, employers and other centres of HE in the region. The Polytechnic on its formation, will have much ground to make up on other longer established Polytechnics. Internally there will be considerable effort required to ensure high morale and the smooth running of the institution as an independent corporation. One person would concentrate on external affairs and strategic planning, the other person on internal operations, with the title "Director and Chief Executive" being held by each person for two of the initial four years.

    4. The division between external affairs and strategic planning on the one hand and operations on the other is carried through into the proposed responsibilities of the two Deputy and three Assistant Directors although, clearly, there must be the closest working relationships. The Assistant Director (Projects) would undertake a number of major limited-life projects in the first two years of the Polytechnic (implementing and refining Corporate systems, devolution of financial and managerial responsibilities to Faculties, senior management training, etc.)

  7. Faculty and School Structure

    1. Three faculties are proposed which would draw together existing Schools and Departments in the two institutions as follows:

      • Faculty 1
        Built Environment, Technology and Computing (EIHE); Construction, Engineering and Science (CCAT)
      • Faculty 2
        Business, Danbury Park Management Centre, EFETC, Law (EIHE); Business and Management (CCAT)
      • Faculty 3
        Humanities, English and General Studies, Art and Design (CCAT); Education, Health, Nursing & Social Work (EIHE)

    2. The three faculties would form large budget centres of comparable size. Faculty 1 would be initially 1400 HE FTEs plus NAFE and would grow to 2100 plus NAFE as the development strategy is implemented. The comparable numbers for Faculty 2 would be 1200 plus NAFE rising to 1800 and for faculty 3 1580 plus NAFE growing to 2000 HE FTEs.

  8. Central Units

    There are a number of functions which, despite decentralisation, need to be coordinated across all sites by one appointment. In a number of cases movement in this direction could be evolutionary.

  9. Learning Resources (Computing Services, Library, Audio-Visual Aids, Reprographics)
  10. management Information
  11. Student Services
  12. External Affairs (marketing, public relations, fund raising, employer and education liaison, etc.)
  13. Course Operations (including modular structure)
  14. Validation, Review and Monitoring
  15. Staff Development and Research
  16. Finance
  17. Registry
  18. Personnel
  19. Estates
  20. A detailed Administration proposal will have to be developed which reflects the academic and executive structure which is adopted as well as the demands of incorporation.

  21. Development Centres and Short Course Conference Facilities

    In addition ot the Faculties and Central Units, it is important that there should be a number of projects which would be separate budget centres and would act as cross-Faculty focusses for activities aimed at reinforcing the Polytechnic's objectives:

    These centres, which should be seen as project groups staffed by temporary secondees from faculties, would act as focal points for developing intelligence, research and consultancy activities in liaison with regional and international agencies (EEC, MSC, Local Authorities, etc.) and would encourage cross-Faculty initiatives which underlined the Polytechnic objectives.

  22. Student Unions

    Whilst there will be a unified Polytechnic, it is recognised that the present Student Unions may find it more effective to co-operate within a loose federation of independent Unions than to attempt one artificial Union spread over a wide geographic area. This question clearly is a matter for the Unions to determine and to seek Governors support as appropriate.

  23. Timing and Implementation

    The two colleges should merge to concide with incorporation on 1st April 1989. This early date is proposed subject to:

    1. The approval/support for the merger being given by Cambridgeshire and Essex councils by Easter 1988.
    2. The support of PCFC.
    3. The approval of the Secretary of State for Education.
MJ Salmon
K Swinhoe
January 1988

Ref: Revdoc5/08

The Polytechnic's Name
Every effort will be made to secure Polytechnic designation from the outset to avoid the confusion and expense of having to launch the merged institution with an interim title. [Back]
AFE Provision
This will be made up of:
CCAT - 1000 - 400 on Access courses, including A-Levels.
            - 200 on Professional Development courses
            - 400 on BTEC National Diploma
              and National Certificate courses in Science, Construction
	      and Engineering (intended that these will transfer
	      eventually to Cambridge Regional College but
	      probably not until mid 1990s)
EIHE -  250 - 150 on short courses
	    - 100 on other non-NAB courses
Danbury Park
At this stage it is not certain that the Danbury Park site will form part of the Polytechnic, although the activities currently located there (award-bearing courses, management consultancy and training services, Centre for Education Management) will be sustained and expanded appropriately within the Polytechnic. It will be necessary also, to develop appropriate short course and conference facilities whatever the outcome of negotiations over the Danbury Park asset. [Back]

The other Universities in East Anglia are: [Back]
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