News Round-up

Published: 11 July 2016

PDR launch this month...IT Services Holiday weekend message...SRC Historic Tours...UofG graduates tipped for accounting success.

PDR launches this month

The 2016 Performance Development Review cycle begins in July. The process is also being updated.

The biggest change is the switch to an online process, using the CoreHR system which already supports many functions including leave booking, expenses and salary. The University's senior leadership team have been the first University staff to try the new system and some of the lessons learned from that process are currently being applied to the way CoreHR will run this year's PDR. Work has also been going on to make the process easier for staff by automatically linking individual data on academic outputs, research income and PgR supervision.

The updated P and DR will also have a new focus on team objectives and the performance 'outcomes' have been reduced from five to four with the aim of giving better direction and clarity.

The changes have been based to no small extent on feedback received from across the University during the regular staff surveys. PDR is also seen by the University's leadership team as a key way of supporting the strategic plan Inspiring People - Changing the World which will take the UofG forward to 2020.

You can get more information on the Human Resources Performance Development Review webpages.

If you have questions about the PDR system, contact:   

Holiday Weekend Monday 18 July - IT Services

IT Services will close on Friday 15th July at 17:00 until Tuesday 19th July at 09:00 for the Glasgow Fair Monday holiday.
All central systems, networks and mail services will continue to be available but support staff may not. However, efforts will be made to deal with any major faults that may occur during the holiday period.

Colleges, Schools, Services and individuals are advised to minimise the amount of critical computing activity undertaken over the holiday period, and to ensure that all necessary backups have taken place before the 15th July 2016.

Please also remember to turn off any non-essential equipment before you leave for the holiday. Any further information will be posted on Spotlight:

SRC Historic Tours

The SRC's Historic Tours of the University will now operate 6 days per week, from Tuesday to Sunday. The student-led tours start at 2pm outside the Gift Shop. Members of staff looking to book a tour should email Find out more at:

UofG graduates win nominations

Three University of Glasgow graduates have been named in this year's list of the top 35 chartered accountants under the age of 35. The list is compiled by ICAS, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

ICAS say these are the future leaders in the sector who are standing out from the crowd and leading the next generation of chartered accountants.

Each nominee is considered for one of four competition categories: entrepreneurship, influence & innovation, leadership and sustainability & corporate social responsibility. From the 35 nominees, four category winners will be announced at this year's CA Dinner and One Young CA Awards in London on 7 September. One of the category winners will then be crowned 'One Young CA 2016'.

The UofG nominees are:

Jenny Chu CA, who works for Deloitte in London.

Jenny is a consultant with a solid foundation in finance, accounting and a passion to progress sustainability and corporate social reporting within the professional industry. After graduating with a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Glasgow, Jenny joined the Deloitte graduate programme in audit and qualified as a CA in 2014. During her training contract, Jenny sought out opportunity to contribute to Deloitte’s sustainability and community investment programmes. Jenny was joint winner in the 2013 ICAS Sustainability Essay competition and is currently a member of the ICAS Sustainability Committee. She said: 'I was the first person in my family to attend university and graduated with a "top of class" honours in B.Acc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Glasgow in 2011.'

Gillian Hunter CA, a Tax Manager with Johnston Carmichael, Aberdeen

Gillian graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2011 with a first class degree in accountancy and then trained to become a CA with Johnston Carmichael working in the corporate tax department. Gillian continued to work with the firm after qualifying and in her current role as Tax Manager, she demonstrates an innovative approach to client work, along with strong commerciality. Gillian differentiates herself from others through her unique relationship building skills with both clients and colleagues. Gillian plays a key role in recruiting students and graduates into the firm. She said: I have always enjoyed studying and working in tax, utilising a mixture of technical and communication skills while having the opportunity to find solutions for clients and, in many cases with innovation taxes, apply the reliefs which can result in a real cash flow benefit (critical for many clients in Aberdeen in recent times).

Elizabeth Young CA, an Internal Audit Senior Manager, Scott-Moncrieff

In her role in Scott-Moncrieff, Elizabeth works with charity and public sector bodies and her current portfolio focuses mainly on education and on central government. Outside of work, Elizabeth co-founded a group that are working towards establishment of a community run hotel, a project which brings together community activists and local business people to try and regenerate her local town, providing jobs, preserving a listed building and providing amenities and community facilities. Elizabeth is a founding independent trustee of East Ayrshire Leisure Trust and despite being the youngest board member, at the age of 29 was chosen to become the senior independent trustee and vice-chair of the trust. In 2015 she was named in Charity Finance Magazine’s ‘top 25 under 35’ list. Elizabeth is also an ICAS Foundation mentor.

First published: 11 July 2016

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