Interim Vice-Chancellor says now is "time to listen"

The interim Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU) has said he wants to build a “safe and honest” community for views to be heard.

In his first communication to DMU staff since assuming the role, Professor Andy Collop said that while changes to leadership had taken place, the university’s highest priorities remained the same: “the outstanding student experience we deliver and our teaching and research excellence.

“Everywhere across the university there are talented and dedicated people doing extraordinary things every day and I know that that commitment will continue.”

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On Monday, DMU’s former Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Today, Professor Collop said that following these events, he wanted to rebuild trust, foster greater transparency and use the opportunity of change to take a “fresh look” at how the university operates.

He said: “I want us to embrace new opportunities and, in particular, change the way that we engage and listen.

“We also need to ensure greater transparency in our governance through, for example, greater elected staff representation on our Board of Governors.

“I am determined to create an environment and develop a culture where staff feel safe so that they can freely express their views allowing for honest discussion to take place. 

“But this is just the first stage in a process of listening and learning that I want to start and I invite you to be a part of.”

He outlined a series of listening engagements he is set to hold across campus and said he wanted to encourage closer relationships between all levels of staff.

He said: “I am proud to work for this university, to be in the position I am and to be able to lead an institution like this.

“I am proud to work with all of you and excited about what we are yet to do.”

Posted on Thursday 14th February 2019

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