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The planning office works collaboratively with the senior team and other university professionals to strategically plan for the future. We provide evidence-based reports to aid decision-making and support a range of activities, such as the annual planning rounds; the teaching excellence framework (TEF); the research excellence framework (REF); development of the strategic and operational plan and monitoring of associated key performance indicators; league tables analysis, and more.

We are a small but cohesive team of two.

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Dr. Julie Leeming, Director of Planning

Julie joined St George’s planning team in September 2012 and was appointed to the role of Director of Planning in September 2016. She provides advice to the university leadership on policy initiatives, rankings and performance. Her responsibilities include:

  • assistance in formulating a new strategic and operational plan, including monitoring of key performance indicators (KPIs)

  • coordination of the planning rounds

  • horizon scanning for changes to higher education (HE), assessing impact on St George’s, University of London via evidence-based briefing papers and analysing the likely impact of policies and other external drivers

  • scenario planning

  • analysis of grant letters, including assessing impact of changing funding models

  • analysis and modelling of data submit to external bodies – for example, the teaching excellence framework (TEF).

Julie is currently a member of the following groups:

  • London Higher Planners’ Group, including the sub-groups TEF Task Group and the London Weighting Task Group

  • Higher Education Data Interest Group (HEDIG)

  • Complete University Guide Advisory Group

  • Higher Education Strategic Planners’ Group.

Prior to St George’s, Julie was Deputy Head of Planning at Queen Mary, University of London, where she provided executive support to the senior vice-principal for strategic projects, as well as providing advice to the senior executive, to underpin and support strategic planning and decision-making. She also managed the team responsible for statutory reporting and management information.

Julie has also worked in planning at the University of Greenwich and at a London public health authority. She holds a PhD in Mathematics which she undertook at Queen Mary and volunteers as a treasurer for a charity.

Amy Maddin, Senior Planning Officer

Amy joined St George’s as the Executive Officer for the Principal’s Office in 2017, moving in May 2019 to join Planning as the Senior Planning Officer. The primary focus of the post is to contribute to policy development and to provide analysis and briefing papers to support St George’s in achieving its strategic objectives. Her responsibilities include:

  • Student number modelling and student fee income forecasting
  • Analysis of league table performance, NSS results, LEO data, HESA PIs and other data sets to advise on measures required to optimise St George’s position
  • Liaising with internal providers of data to ensure that planning for statutory and other returns to public, professional and funding bodies is robust
  • Horizon scanning for changes to HE landscape and changing regulatory requirements and impact on St George’s
  • Assistance to the Director of Planning

She is the Secretary for the Data Returns Scrutiny Group and is a member of the Access and Participation Steering Group. Prior to joining St George’s, Amy managed the Electives team at King’s College London’s School of Medical Education.



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