The University is undertaking a formal review of the School of Systems Engineering. The University Executive Board (UEB) has set up a Review Panel to lead a comprehensive and detailed 15-week assessment of the School’s research and teaching quality; research impact; financial projections; and strategy. This is all part of the University’s ongoing long-term planning process.

The review is a result of the School’s REF 2014 outcome published in December 2014, which showed pockets of world-class research but was disappointing overall.

The University will fulfil our obligations to students, regardless of the outcome of the review. We know this review will create some uncertainty and unease, but would like to reassure you that teaching, learning and research work in the School will carry on as normal.

No decisions have been taken about the School’s future. The Review Panel will be approaching the review with open minds but at this early stage, it is not ruling out any final recommendations.

The Review Panel wants to work with students and staff to give UEB a full picture of all the options.

It is calling for views, comment and responses relevant to the review up until Friday 27 March 2015 – and would encourage you to contribute. If you would like to provide comments or feedback please email formalreview@reading.ac.uk (from Wednesday 11 February).

Review Panel terms of reference

The review’s formal terms of reference are:

  • To determine progress of the School following its review in 2009-10, including strategic, academic and financial aspects.
  • To consider the strategic direction of the various elements which comprise the School.
  • To consider whether each such element is best constituted with a School of Systems Engineering or with a different part of the University or should not be part of the University at all.
  • To consider the implications for other Schools of moving any elements of Systems Engineering to those other Schools.
  • That the review makes recommendations if possible to the University Executive Board at its meeting on 1 June 2015 such that any recommendations the Board may wish to make can be brought through the Strategy and Finance Committee and the Senate to the meeting of the Council on 13 July 2015.

More information on the University’s Review and Restructuring Policy