Induction for New and Nearly New Staff
21 June 2007
Business Services, established in 1998, is responsible for the university working
more directly with business. Business Services provides access to the knowledge
and expertise of the university and facilitates access to specialised training,
research, consultancy, intellectual property management, licensing, knowledge
transfer programmes and support for entrepreneurial ventures.
Business Services maintains partnerships with business, the professions, business
support agencies and public service organisations. It promotes the university’s
expertise and services, helps staff and students with their business ideas and
The department is responsible for developing and maintaining university systems
and procedures in support of work with business and the community and for
monitoring this activity across the university. Business Services is strongly
customer focussed, provides a readily accessible, informative and complete
service with a quick response time and is committed to high level performance.
The department has a dedicated team of Business Development Managers with
commercial experience working across schools and faculties in addition to
Business Development Managers for East and West Sussex. Business Services
also has a number of Project Managers supporting specific programmes and
Services to staff, students and alumni include:
Advice on how to protect inventions and commercialise ideas
Beepurple – a staff, student and alumni entrepreneurship programme
Access to funding and resources to establish a commercial enterprise
The Business Services Information Desk (BSID) provides a point of contact for all
enquiries. Please contact us by email email@example.com or
telephone 01273 643222.
Centre for Learning and Teaching supports the professional development of
academic staff across the university and works to enhance the quality of learning
and to promote the importance of teaching as a professional activity. Our main
areas of activity include; courses for new and experiences lecturers, consultancy
and collaborative projects, research into learning and teaching in HE and events
such as workshops and conferences. We also cover supporting networks inside
and outside the university – including the National Subject Centres within the
Higher Education Academy – to encourage the exchange of ideas and information
about teaching. Further information about CLT’s activities can be found on our
website at http://staffcentral.ac.uk/clt/.
Estates and Facilities Management is responsible for the management,
maintenance and development of the university’s estate. The estate comprises
over a hundred buildings located at four main sites – three in Brighton and one in
Eastbourne – and, since 2003, the University Centre in Hastings.
This responsibility covers a wide spectrum of essential services including space
management, telecommunications, transport, cleaning, caretaking, security, courier
and postal services, car parking, grounds and building maintenance, energy and
environmental management and the project management of new property
developments – a recent example being the construction of a new £13.6 million
project at Falmer which includes part of the new Brighton and Sussex Medical
The Finance department provides financial and relates services to the university.
The main office is at Mithras House, Brighton and the Student Office, Cockcroft
with three site offices at Grand Parade, Falmer and Eastbourne. The department
comprises 42 staff working in the following five divisions; Exchequer Services
(income and payments), Payroll and Pensions, Purchasing Services (incorporation
insurance), Accounting and Information Systems (contracts and management
reporting) and Financial Planning.
The Health and Safety department is located at Mithras House, Brighton and
Trevin Towers, Eastbourne. The primary functions of the department include the
provision of occupation health and safety advice, information and the formulation of
safety policies. Accident/incident investigation and analysis, together with safety
inspections or audits enable the department to monitor safety compliance and
performance and help identify preventative strategies.
The department facilitates a diverse safety training programme. It also represents
the university at the University Safety and Health Association and the European
Biological Safety Association. Further information can be found on the Health and
Safety website at http://staffcentral.brighton.ac.uk/safety/.
Information Services is one of the university’s largest central departments having
been formed by the recent and ongoing merger of the former Learning Resources
and Computer Centre departments. We offer a range of services including site
libraries, site media centres, computing and networking facilities, photography,
staffcentral, video production, computer and software purchasing, IT skills training
and much more.
The Personnel department is responsible for the development of the university’s
policies, strategies and procedures for all aspects of human resources including
staff planning, recruitment and selection, pay and conditions of service, staff
development, discipline and grievance and industrial relations. It aims to provide a
well integrated, professional and cost effective service to the university.
Marketing and Communications is here to help ensure the university portrays
itself in a positive, professional and confident way to its different audiences, both
internally and externally. Many people across the university are involved in
communications and marketing activity. The Marketing and Communications team
support colleagues either directly by advising on and implementing activity or
indirectly through provision of guidelines for university colleagues to use.
Check out our guidelines on staff central which include frequently asked questions
and other helpful tips: http://staffcentral.brighton.ac.uk/marcomm/
What we do:
Concentrate on marketing activity with a student recruitment focus.
Lead on university wide marketing campaigns.
Work on marketing projects with schools on a prioritised basis, focussing on
projects what are cross-cutting. This includes advising on the most appropriate
Place university adverts for courses on behalf of schools.
Project manage and produce key university publications such as prospectuses and
other university publications.
Manager the visual identity of the university, including the logo and corporate fonts.
Media relations, internal communications
Raise the profile of the university positively in regional, national, international,
professional and specialist media. This includes devising and distributing news
Manage the university’s central website
Provide guidance and templates for school/faculty websites, working with
school/faculty web editors.
Act as a point of contact between the university and its former students.
Offer a range of services to alumni.
Sell university merchandise.
Development (fundraising/sponsorship) and corporate events.
Co-ordinate fundraising and sponsorship events
Organise a number of corporate events such as the awards ceremonies and
Registry is a central department with a wide range of responsibilities in the area of
course and student administration and is the central repository for the university’s
formal records on courses and students. It has six divisions:
Recruitment and Admissions: organises recruitment activities for prospective
students, including university open days and outreach work with schools and
colleges; responds to enquires about course provision and university life;
administers the admissions process.
International Office: international recruitment, including promoting the university
to the overseas market through exhibitions, visits and agent representation;
oversees other international activities , including liaison with other universities and
local, regional and national government bodies; supports faculties, schools and
departments in fulfilment of the university’s international strategic objectives.
Student Administration: student enrolment and maintenance of student records
including progression, examinations and awards; administers student loans, fees
and bursaries (in liaison with the Finance department and the Student Loans
Company); organises awards ceremonies.
Research Support: administers research degree and research training
programmes for students and staff; coordinates the Virtual research Unit (VRU), a
central service which includes the processing of applications for research funding
submitted by university staff; advises on research ethics and governance;
coordinates the Research Assessment Exercise.
Student Information: maintains and develops the Student Information System
(SITS); produces data and reports to external agencies and for internal
management purposes; provides support and training for SITS users.
Academic Standards and Partnership: manages institutional academic
development, quality assurance and enhancement processes, including
collaborative arrangements with partner institutions and the administration of
European exchange programmes; manages and advises on academic regulations,
policies and procedures; provides the secretariat for Academic Board and its
Registry is based primarily at the Moulsecoomb site. There are site offices at
Grand Parade, Falmer and Eastbourne to provide local advice and support to
prospective and current students.
Residential and Catering Services are responsible for the provision of a wide
range of services across the university. The department looks after all aspects of
accommodation, catering services, conference management and residential
accommodation, both managed and contracted. The main office is located in
Mithras House with separate accommodation, catering and residential offices
located on all main sites in Brighton and Eastbourne.
Sport and Recreation Service provides benefits for staff as well as students. Not
many working environments can provide sport and recreational opportunities but
the University of Brighton can. The pace of life is getting faster and more stressful,
it is important to take time for your own health and wellbeing. Scientific evidence
has proved that taking part in regular physical activity, which is moderate in amount
and intensity, provides people with substantial physical, social and mental gains
and general wellbeing. Staff can access any facility, class or coaching award that
is available. Blood pressure testing, cholesterol testing and a subsidised
physiotherapy clinic are also available. The Sport and Recreation Service has all
you need to take that first step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Strategic Planning Unit leads the preparation and development of the university’s
corporate plan. It prepares strategic responses on behalf of the university which
aim to address national and local initiatives, including responses to consultations
(such as the HE white paper); produces authoritative student number plans,
showing the number of students that each school aims to enrol each year. It
contributes to the development of a range of university policies including student
fees and student retention. It coordinates the framework for the analysis of
university, faculty ands support department plans and monitors their progress;
analysing and presenting data of relevance to the university’s Senior Management
Team and Board of Governors. The unit also leads the development of the
university’s widening participation and community partnership policies and has
responsibility for major initiatives in these areas.
Current activity includes: monitoring progress against tot aims and objectives in the
Corporate Plan; analysing data on the student population; coordinating work on
widening participation and revising the current participation strategy; developing
and delivering the AimHigher initiative and the Community-University Partnership
Student Services The department encompasses a wide range of services within
the university, aimed at supporting students’ learning experience and personal
development. It has many full and part time staff who provide a range of
professional services covering a variety of issues and which are freely available to
Careers – quality careers guidance, education and information, up-to-date
graduate and local part-time job bulletins.
Chaplaincy – for students and staff of all faiths and none to support them in
whatever way is most needed – socially, pastorally, academically and spiritually.
Disability and Dyslexia Team – support for students who have specific learning
difficulties, long term medical conditions, mental health difficulties, mobility
difficulties, sensory impairments or any other disability.
Medical Services – medical facilities for the benefit of students. Local practices
provide surgery sessions at all of the university sites.
Nursery – pre-school childcare to children of students and staff. There are
seventy places daily for children aged 2 – 5 years.
Personal counselling – a safe, confidential environment for you to discuss your
worries and concerns with a qualified and experiences counsellor.
Unisex – a sexual health project based on the Moulsecoomb site, offering
outreach at other sites. Information about drugs is also available from Unisex.
By working with students and offering a comprehensive range of specialist,
information, advice, assistance and support the department is able to help ensure
that students get the most out of their time at the university; not only maximising
potential for personal and academic growth by helping them enjoy the student
experience to the full.
The services are here to be used and any contact should be regarded as positive
action which can make a significant difference to a student’s overall circumstances.
The department has a presence on each site and offers support to students at
partner colleges. The department also works closely with personal tutors and
academics in schools and staff in central departments, the joint universities Unisex
project and external bodies.
Student Union The University of Brighton Student Union (UBSU) is the
recognised representative body for students studying at Brighton and on university
courses at franchise institutions. The union provides wide range of services at
each of the main campus sites. These services include shops, cafes, student
sports clubs and societies, use of UBSU minibuses, entertainment and
administrative services (photocopying, fax, National Union of Students (NUS)
cards, local information, publications and flyers). UBSU also has a Student Advice
Centre based at the Cockcroft Building, Moulsecoomb. This service runs weekly
drop-in sessions at each of the main campuses and regular roadshows to outreach
sites. The Union also provides a popular play scheme for children between the
ages of 5 and 11 during the half-term holidays. This service is based at Falmer
and is open to students and university staff.
Professional Associations The Association of University Administrators is the
professional association for higher education managers and administrators. With
4000 members and branches in the majority of UK universities, AUA can provide
excellent staff development and networking opportunities. The University of
Brighton branch, in collaboration with the University of Sussex branch, runs
workshops, seminars and social events throughout the year.
Trade Unions The University recognises the following trade unions for the
purposes of negotiation and consultation – UCU (University and College Union,
formed by the amalgamation of AUT and NATFHE) and UNISON (which
represents all support staff).