One of the challenges for the ULPGC government team is the renewal of the teaching staff to ensure the future survival of the institution. To this end, a “deep” review of the regulations related to the hiring of teaching and research staff (PDI) is already underway, in order to rationalize it and make a University more attractive to both internal and external talent. On the other hand, the rector announced that a modification of the emeritus regulations will be brought to the Governing Council for a better use of senior talent. Other aspects in which progress has been made is in the creation of a commission to review and monitor the ROA -academic regulation regulation-, and the creation of a joint committee to review, update and improve the PDI collective agreement has been announced. work for the second half of September.
One of the first actions carried out in this area has been aimed at streamlining the daily management of research projects so that it is not a hindrance in their development for scientists. To this end, meetings are being held with the vice-rectorships and organizations involved in R & D & I management, with the participation of the ULPGC administration staff and the Science and Technology Park Foundation. Likewise, “an enormous effort has been made” to prepare and agree on a set of projects in different disciplines to raise funds from the European economic reactivation that will be managed in the coming months. In order to dignify the situation of the young researchers who support the projects, a review and update of the salary tables for the hiring of personnel under research projects has already been carried out, adapting them to the rise in the CPI and the diversity of the calls that protect them. The incorporation of these young researchers to teaching tasks has also been addressed, so that they can complement their curriculum vitae and be more competitive when it comes to obtaining their accreditation to the various teaching staff. Work is also being done to simplify and internationalize the procedures for accessing the Doctoral School and for the subsequent completion of the doctoral thesis.
To meet the demands made by the student community, they have already started a dialogue process with the Social Council for the revision of the Progress and Permanence Standards. Likewise, the Vice-Rector’s Office for Students is working to try to reduce the additional fee in the enrollment of the studies taught by the Tele-Training Structure. This Vice-Rector’s Office has also carried out a planning of activities for the academic year 2021/22 that includes orientation actions for new students, including advice and training in ICT. Fourteen courses on issues of job placement or cybersecurity have also been planned and a draft has been prepared to develop the Mentor-ULPGC Program.
The Vice-Rector’s Office for Degrees has designed and put into operation a commission to review the degree map. They have appointed an Academic Prospective coordinator who, in accordance with the 2021-2025 Institutional Strategic Plan, will draw that new map of titles. The revision of the contents of the permanent training programs has also begun and a more modular formula will be opted for.
They have undertaken measures to dignify the careers of young researchers
Programs to improve tele-training systems and training in the use of digital systems are being studied, in addition to continuing to be active in the search for mechanisms to alleviate the effects of the digital divide in any of its forms: access difficulties, improvement of digital interfaces and tools or improvement of systems adapted to people with functional diversity. They work towards the convergence of teletraining formats, Open ULPGC -now ULPGC live-, the virtual campus and face-to-face training, moving towards an integrated whole.
Among the first actions carried out by the ULPGC Management, is to close the 2020 financial year with the maximum level of detail of budget execution known so far, in order to improve the transparency of the institution; and a diagnostic process has been carried out on the bottlenecks in management, prioritizing those services on which it is most necessary to work in the short and medium term to streamline their daily work, as they are considered strategic for the proper functioning of the management of the ULPGC. A staff analysis has also been initiated to advance solutions to problems such as the staffing of the units and the stability of temporary and interim staff. The objective is to present a new RPT proposal of the PAS December 2021.
They design a counseling and training plan in ICT for new students
Another objective is administrative improvement and simplification through the digitization of the entire activity. For this, a specific vice-management has been created, which works side by side with the Rector’s area and whose objective is to prepare this year the Digital Roadmap of the institution for the period 2022-2025. The process of improving the usability of some pilot applications has already started, and the process of solving the tender for the new electronic administration platform is also in the process.
The management policies, together with those of teaching staff, the social projection or the promotion of research must be included in a Program Contract, which the rector team claims from the Government of the Canary Islands as a necessary future framework for the activity of the Canarian Universities . Both the manager and the rector, together with the University of La Laguna, have repeatedly urged the regional government to return to the path of a program contract for the two Canarian public universities.
It is expected to increase the offer of seniors with a Diploma of Scientific and Technological Studies
A new Diploma of Scientific and Technological Studies is being outlined with the idea of offering it in the 2021/2022 academic year and it is intended to teach these studies in other venues such as Lanzarote.
The process of creating the Center for Cultural Initiatives of the ULPGC (CIC-ULPGC) and the Scientific Dissemination Unit of the ULPGC have begun, developing the pertinent regulations that establish their structures, objectives and purposes. Contacts have been initiated with local and regional institutions to reposition the ULPGC as one more agent within the cultural circuits, establishing the corresponding agreements for that purpose.