College Planning Partners

Each College has a Planning Partner who shares their time between the College and the central Planning Office. The Planning Partner is the lead academic planning support for the College. As well as supporting central policy analysis and horizon scanning, the Planning Partners’ role is to help Colleges define strategic plans and priorities, which support delivery of the University’s Strategic Framework.

This engages the Planning Partners in a broad range of activities including:

  • Working with Colleges to prepare and monitor performance against the annual College Compact (an articulation of a College’s strategic priorities and targets, aligned with the broader University Strategic Framework and Key Performance Indicators)
  • Monitoring and reporting on associated risks
  • Sourcing and interpreting data to support College decision making
  • Producing policy papers and reports to support strategic decision making, at College or University level
  • Undertaking scenario planning to inform the development of long term strategies
  • Assisting with the development of business proposals in support of institutional priorities
  • Supporting and/or participating in reviews
  • Providing constructive challenge and advice on College plans – including new programme proposals


College of Arts and Law

Richard Charlton
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8799

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Mark Straw
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7553 (Mon, Fri - Aston Webb) 
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8518 (Tue, Wed, Thur - Poynting Physics) 

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Neil McDonald
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6020 (Mon, Fri - Aston Webb) 
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5581 (Tue, Wed, Thur - Biosciences) 

College of Medical and Dental Sciences 

Simon Jones (on secondment until autumn 2017)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4052

College of Social Sciences 

Lindsey Wright
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7905 (Mon, Fri - Aston Webb) 
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7256 (Tue, Wed, Thur - Muirhead)