Students Staff

10 April 2019

Strengthening our links with the University of Konstanz

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Staff from Essex and Konstanz

Staff from Essex and Konstanz

Staff from across the university took part in the sixth annual staff exchange trip with the University of Konstanz in March.

Fifteen members of professional services staff spent four days at the University of Konstanz, where they discovered more about the Higher Education sector in Germany and shared knowledge, experience and practice with their German counterparts and each other.

Everyone taking part had an individualised programme, reflecting their own area of work, and spent the week meeting staff, attending team meetings and discovering more about living and working at the University of Konstanz from staff and students.

Staff also took part in a range of cultural activities, including a visit to the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, where they discovered more about Konstanz’s research focus on Collective Behaviour and Ecology.

Vicky Beckwith, from our Human Resources team, said: “Taking part in the programme was incredibly rewarding; spending time in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Constance with our hosts in the Equal Opportunity Office gave a fascinating insight into the issues that Germany is facing in terms of diversity and inclusion, and we were greatly encouraged by their enthusiasm about our inclusive approach at Essex”.

The staff week is recognised as an example of good practice by the German Academic Exchange Service and illustrates our ongoing commitment to our relationship with Konstanz through research collaborations, student and staff exchanges, two dual Masters degrees and our mutual membership of YERUN.

Ivan Hutchins, Head of International Business Development, said: “Visits such as these, to a close and long term institutional friend and partner, are all the more important in this era of uncertainty and change brought about by the UK leaving the EU. While Brexit did form the basis of a lot of initial discussions, the Essex group found out that Konstanz too is facing a period of uncertainty as they await the outcome of their submission to the German Government’s Excellence Initiative”.

Overall the trip highlighted that whilst there are lots of differences,  there are just as many similarities between Essex and Konstanz, and the Higher Education sectors in Germany and England.

Dates for next year’s exchange, which will see staff from Konstanz visiting our Colchester Campus, have already been agreed, and we’re looking forward to learning more through our ongoing relationship with each other.

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