Strategy, Policy & Planning

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Strategic Planning and Performance Measures


The Directorate has oversight of  the Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020  and leads on the co-ordination of business planning, setting of performance measures - as set out in the Strategic Plan - and external and internal performance monitoring.

Outcome Agreement

Leading on the development of the Outcome Agreement 2017-2020 (OA) with the Scottish Funding Council, the Directorate advises Senior Officers in relation to negotiation and agreement of the OA. We work with colleagues to coordinate annual reporting of progress against the outcomes set out in the OA.

Policy Analysis


Monitoring policy developments related to the higher education sector helps inform the University’s decision-making.  We horizon scan developments in the wider environment relating to external, political, legislative, economic and social developments of relevance to Higher Education or to the University.  We also research, analyse and interpret information to determine likely implications for the University and provide briefings to Senior Officers and colleagues, making recommendations on appropriate actions.

Funding Policy


Through analysis of Scottish Funding Council funding policy, allocations and other related income streams, we determine the implications of any funding policy changes.  

For further details about strategy, policy and planning undertaken by Strategy & Policy please get in touch.

Chrissie Finnigan, Senior Policy Officer:

Sarah Parry, Policy Officer:  Ext 5983 :

Peter Black, Strategic Planner: Ext 2206:

Grant Thorne, Strategic Planner:  Ext 2477: