What on earth does a university Registrar do? That’s what you’ll get an insight into on Episode 002 of MYHE.
I got the chance to interview Dr. Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham. And the show’s packed with so much great content.
What You’ll Hear
- How wide-ranging and different each Registrar’s remit can be.
- Why it’s so important to understand multiple perspectives and to ask the right questions.
- What league tables are good for and where they can pose problems.
- Who the Hide and Seek Society apparently cause trouble for (and how they always deny it).
- Taking the smooth with the rough (AKA, always looking for a funny angle).
- What Paul did to help students engage with life, the university, and everything…
Shownotes & Timestamps
03:20 – What is a registrar? What do they do?
06:20 – No one job description is ever the same for the role.
07:30 – Specialising in the general and why that’s a great thing.
09:30 – Constant questioning and the pace of change.
11:30 – Why strategic planning and governance are so important.
13:30 – Doing lots of work online “in the gaps”.
15:50 – How the online work is necessary, so long as it’s part of a balanced approach.
17:20 – Have we reached “peak league table” and does Paul see more big hitters or niche players?
20:00 – How to use league tables wisely and take on board many other factors.
24:40 – Taking a look at the more light-hearted (and sometimes dubious) league tables.
28:00 – True crime on campus. The popularity of Paul’s web series.
31:00 – The serious side of security on campus. Why Paul is full of admiration for university security teams.
37:00 – Some of the biggest challenges in HE right now.
39:30 – So much is different in HE, so much is the same.
40:30 – The one…okay, the two things most important to Paul in higher education.
43:00 – A “common reference point” for Nottingham students through the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.