This year has been one of great change for the University. The foundations of our strategic priorities have been laid and we are beginning to see the green shoots of that work emerging, most recently with the launch of the new website. Our Research Framework has been successfully implemented and our academic community has already begun to reap the benefits of a more focused strategy. The green paper for the Learning and Teaching Strategic Framework was released and the iterative feedback process has been ongoing with the white paper scheduled to be published later this year. And our senior leadership has seen changes that mirror our progress towards improving the foundations of our University community for the future.
Earlier this year, I announced the appointment of Professor Simon Handley to the role of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences. Professor Handley commences in early November and will relieve Professor Richard Henry who has served as the Acting Executive Dean since the departure of Professor Janet Greeley at the beginning of the year. I would like to thank Professor Henry for his contribution to the University and his ongoing support as we welcome Professor Handley into the community in the coming weeks.
It is with regret, however, that we bid farewell to two members of our Executive Group. Professor Jim Lee, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), departed the University in late August; and Dr Paul Schreier, our Chief Operating Officer, has announced his intention to vacate his position in March 2016 to take up his new role as CEO of Holdingham Group based in London.
These changes present new opportunities and new challenges, but we remain focused in our ongoing efforts to align the nature and size of our University with our core purpose: to be a University of service and engagement. I am grateful for the contributions of our outgoing Executive members, and I have no doubt that those who will soon join us will make a profound contribution to both our Executive Group and the University community more broadly.