Project Compliance

Project Compliance is one of the six enabling projects initiated following the ratification of the new University Strategy by Council in March 2022. Lead by the Director of Legal Services and led by Organisational Development, Project Compliance will play a central role as the University embarks on tackling its’ strategic goals through to 2030.

Project Aims

  • To create capacity for colleagues by reducing manual checks and processes which add little value to securing compliance.
  • Reduce bottlenecks within Professional Services through training and empowerment of colleagues, to enable them to take the appropriate action and the right time.
  • Free up our compliance experts to refocus on the higher risk matters, where they add the most value.
  • To reduce ‘red tape’ around compliance, ensuring our processes are proportionate to the risks involved.
  • To support the implementation of clear policies across a range of compliance areas.

Project Governance

Name Job role Project role / representing
Richard Taylor Chief Operating Officer Senior sponsor
Sam McGinty General Counsel and Director of Legal Services Chair
Rebecca Cain Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Academic Representation
Ruth Casey Head of Operations SSEHS Head of Operations/School Representation
Iain Harber AACM Specialist Engines & Powertrains Technician Technician Representation
John Houghton OD and Change Advisor Project Manager and Secretary to the Board
Jennifer Johnson Director of Research and Innovation Research and Innovation
Sarah Williamson Deputy Director of Organisational Development Organisational Development

Testimonials from Senior Stakeholders

The University is required to secure compliance with a range of rules and obligations - maintaining the integrity of those obligations is important. This must be approached in a way that is effective, taking an appropriate view of the risks involved. Project Compliance embodies an approach which will secure the right outcomes, whilst enabling us to realise valuable opportunities.

Richard Taylor, Chief Operating Officer Senior Sponsor

Project Compliance sets out a new approach to how we comply with our legal and regulatory obligations. The Project will lead a cultural change whereby everyone understands what their responsibilities are in relation to different compliance areas and are supported to achieve them. Through Project Compliance, we will reimagine our approach to securing compliance in a way which is intuitive, timely and pragmatic. Colleagues will understand clearly what their roles are in that endeavour and be supported to do so.

Sam McGinty, General Counsel & Director of Legal Services Chair

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