U of A for Tomorrow Updates: May 6, 2021

06 May 2021

Here are the key U of A for Tomorrow updates from this week:

Clarifying the scope of IT transition

Since beginning administrative restructuring, there have been several questions asking exactly how IT will function in the new operating model. While some roles will exist locally, others will operate within a college or unit. To provide more clarity on what institutionally distributed IT will look like in the new model, we have prepared a video providing examples of IT roles operating centrally versus those operating in a faculty/unit.

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New Home for the Health Sciences Council

The Health Sciences Council (HSC) and the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons (HSERC) are moving from their administrative home in the Provost’s Office to the new College of Health Sciences. While there are no immediate impacts on the functions and activities of the HSC and HSERC, the executive director position has unfortunately been eliminated. Greta Cummings, interim college dean for the College of Health Sciences and incoming chair of the HSC, will lead a review of the HSC and HSERC’s mandates, with representation from the health sciences faculties. Susan Lynch, college general manager for the College of Health Sciences, will provide interim administrative leadership for the HSC.

Hiring announcement: Manager, Staff Service Centre

We are pleased to announce that Tawheed Sadiq has accepted the position of Manager, Staff Service Centre in Shared Services, starting May 10. In his new role, Tawheed will be responsible for establishing and managing the cross-functional staff service centre, the first point of contact for staff inquiries and service requests, including self-service options.

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Hiring announcement: Director of Service Excellence, IST

We are also pleased to announce that Tim Jenkins has been selected for the role of Director of Service Excellence within IST, starting May 10. Tim is an external candidate and brings a wealth of experience in developing a culture of "customer service first" at large organizations such as AFD Petroleum, Edmonton Police Service, and the Government of Alberta.

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Updated research administration FAQs

The research administration stream web page has been updated with answers to new frequently asked questions following the Ask SET Anything: Research Administration event.

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