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University of Essex

November 12, 2018

Your Profile Counts!

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 9:05 am

We’re proud of our global community, and we work hard to create a working environment which recognises and harnesses the contribution of every member of the University.

In order for us to do this we need to be able to identify groups of people who are under-represented, who are not progressing as quickly as others or who are less successful and then change things for the better.

Through our Athena SWAN work we have been able to identify and take steps to address disparities in pay and progression in relation to gender and we want to do the same for ethnicity. However, a significant proportion of our staff have not disclosed their ethnicity, and therefore we are unable to draw any conclusions from the data we hold.

What can you do to ensure your profile counts?

Update your sensitive information on HR Organiser. This means that you are directly contributing to ensuring that the University is a fair and inclusive place to work.

The sensitive information you provide is considered to require particular care, known as ‘special category data’ and we can only hold this data if you consent to share it, by updating it on HR Organiser.

The information you provide will be held securely and treated as strictly confidential in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

More information about how we protect your privacy and how long we hold your data can be found in our Privacy Notices.

Other initiatives to further race equality

The Government’s Race at Work Charter, launched on 11 October to coincide with Black History Month, is a ‘call to action’ for leaders and organisations across all sectors and several high-profile organisations have already signed up.

The government has also published a consultation, open until January 2019, which looks at whether organisations should be required to report how people from different ethnic backgrounds are paid.

Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter, of which the University is a member, aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.



October 11, 2018

Brexit Session – Simon Kenny, Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:14 pm

31 October and 14 November, LTB 8   1.30pm – 4pm

There are two sessions being delivered by the legal firm, Eversheds Sutherland, on the 31 October and 14 November covering Brexit for our EU colleagues.  These sessions will help us to understand the immigration implications of Brexit and the practical steps which could be taken now in relation to remaining in the UK. Whilst the rules and requirements are still subject to change, the session gives an opportunity to find out more information and ask questions.  A provisional agenda for each session is given below:

  • an explanation of the provisions currently determined regarding citizens’ rights and those yet to be agreed;
  • a detailed guide to the applications which are relevant to you and could confirm your right to live in the UK.  The intention is that this would provide the information needed to make the applications or, alternatively, highlight potential problems which might require further legal help;
  • a summary of the processes used by UK Visas and Immigration to determine such applications, practical issues such as timing and documentation necessary, and how this is envisaged to change between now and December 2020;
  • a practical explanation of how British citizenship applications can be made and the relevance of these to the relevance of dual nationality;
  • a discussion of queries raised.

The session will not be a guide to individual applications but will deal with the points mentioned above and leave at least 1 hour 30 mins for questions.

After the sessions, Simon is happy to pick up queries in private discussions which directly relate to clarification of something which has been discussed, but he will not be able to advise in detail about individual applications and whether they qualify.

There is the option of attending this session via webinar using the software Zoom.  We will also be recording the sessions via Zoom and they will be made available online.  For colleagues attending from the Southend and Loughton campus, you can attend via webinar from your PC, and you will also be able to submit questions via the webinar.

If you would like to attend please email brexit@essex.ac.uk indicating which date you would like to attend and whether you would like to attend in-person or via the webinar.  If you are attending via webinar you will be sent a link with details of how to attend closer to the time.



September 21, 2018

Have your say! Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2019

Filed under: Equality and Diversity — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 11:11 am

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace.

As part of the University’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission, Stonewall would like to invite all of our staff to take part in their employee survey. The information you provide is anonymous and completely confidential; it is not possible for individuals to be identified through their responses.

Stonewall aims to be as transparent as possible when processing data. We have outlined below how and why they use the data that you submit for analytical purposes:

  • Reporting, to your employer, average scores and trends on key indicators of inclusion in your workplace (where sample sizes are too small, only national, regional and sector trends will be shared with your employer)
  • Reporting national, regional and sector trends on LGBT inclusion in the workplace to be included in the Stonewall Top 100 report in January 2019 and associated publications

You can access the survey using the following 4-digit code: 1685.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 November 2018.



September 18, 2018

Bi Visibility Day

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:59 pm

The University is proud to be in Stonewall’s Top 100 Workplaces for LGBT Equality, and we want to make sure we highlight all LGBT+ awareness days.

It’s Bi Visibility Day on Sunday 23 September, and it’s important that we raise awareness of this day, as there are a lot of myths surrounding bisexuality, which can prevent those who identify as bisexual from coming out. We want to support all our staff in feeling comfortable about being open at the University so they can be themselves at work, get the right support, and feel like they belong.

There’s a lack of representation of bisexual people in the media, or they are misrepresented as being promiscuous, greedy, going through a ‘phase’, or that bisexuality as an identity doesn’t exist. Often someone’s bisexual identity will be erased if they are currently with a partner of a different gender, as it is assumed they are now heterosexual.

These stereotypical assumptions are all classed as biphobia, which is an aversion towards bisexuality and is included in the legal definition of harassment. The university has a zero tolerance approach to harassment, and if you experience or witness any incidents, you can report it anonymously or get support from an adviser on our Report and Support system.

One of our students, Owen Preston, came out as bisexual on BBC Three’s ‘I’m Coming Out in August 2017, after struggling throughout his teenage years with his sexuality. We’re lucky to have such a positive role model for our students, and if you want to know more about Owen’s story, please contact  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. You can also find information about supporting our LGBT+ students in the Staff Directory.

Staff can contact our LGBT+ Forum through Lauren Searle-Byrne and Josie Evans, The LGBT+ Forum aims to create opportunities for our LGBT+ staff to share experiences and resources, find peer support, discuss current issues and upcoming events and input into consultation on University policy. The Forum is hosting two lunchtime drop-in sessions in September, and for more information please contact either Josie or Lauren.

For information about becoming an LGBT+ ally, or joining our other networks, please get in touch with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

 



Staff Induction Week

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , , , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:57 pm

The Organisational Development section of Human Resources will be hosting induction events for the following staff groups:-

There will be the opportunity for staff profile photos to be taken during the afternoon of 25 September in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall Seminar Room.

Additionally, there will be a Celebrating Excellence in Education event on 25 September, where the achievements of academic colleagues are recognised, creating an environment to identify and share best practice.

If you are a new member of staff and have not attended your appropriate induction, please book your place via HR Organiser.

For more information contact ldev@essex.ac.uk 



September 17, 2018

New Adobe Courses Available:

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Excellence — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:38 am

IT Training is offering three exciting new Adobe courses this term for all members of our University community. Whatever your role, you’ll likely need to use images or digital media to explain concepts. Whislt you don’t necessarily need to be an Adobe power user, understanding how to work with the core tools can both empower you and help you to produce more compelling content.

Photoshop for beginners,  22 & 23 Oct, 3 & 4 Dec

An introduction to this industry-standard image editing software that allows users to manipulate, enhance, crop, resize and correct colour on digital images. You’ll analyse how an image can be improved and then edit it in order to improve it.

InDesign for beginners, 29 & 30 Oct, 10 & 12 Dec

Learn how to create and edit multi-page documents for publication and screen use. You’ll learn how to build a document layout; create documents in various sizes and page lengths; add, import and edit text as well as place and manipulate photographs and graphics.

Creating digital content with Adobe , 5, 6 & 7 Nov, 7, 8 & 9 Jan

In the first part of this course you will use Photoshop to edit, fix and augment your images to make them look striking and prepare them for web and print. Then you are introduced to Illustrator and vector graphics for logos and infographics. Lastly, you will concentrate on InDesign where you will put together brochures, banners and other materials using the media which you created previously.

For more information and to book these and other digital skills courses, visit the IT Training web page



August 29, 2018

Aurora: A Leadership Development Programme For Women

Filed under: Aurora — Mohammed Alam @ 11:30 am

Aurora is a women-only leadership development programme created by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK. The aim of the programme is to help address the under-representation of women in senior posts in higher education.

The Aurora programme is targeted to all women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent in a university or higher education college. The programme is aimed towards women who are ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as an option for progression. It is designed to introduce fundamental leadership skills in 4 workshops (1 workshop = 1 day) with networking opportunities and guest speakers at each event. Furthermore, on-going support is ensured through action learning (1 day scheduled for this as part of the programme), online resources and institutional level support including mentoring and institutional Aurora Champions.

In 2017-18, the University produced 5 funded places on the Aurora Programme. We were able to catch up with Dee Hardcastle (pictured on the left) on her success in the programme. She has kindly provided us with her experiences with Aurora.

Our successful delegates

About me

I am the Faculty Careers Adviser for Science and Health, a position I’ve held for 7 years! My role involves teaching career development in the curriculum, working closely with departments to coordinate and develop this, as well as providing one-to-one guidance and advice for faculty students. in addition, I contribute to the central services of the Employability & Careers Centre such as delivering workshops, supporting Open Days and Fairs and writing for the blog. I also line manage a Careers Information Assistant.

What’s your view of Aurora?

I saw Aurora as an opportunity to develop confidence in my existing leadership skills and learn how to develop a broader skill set in a supportive learning environment. I have worked with many great leaders in my career, both female and male, but there’s something liberating and empowering about exploring skills, qualities and issues in an all-female environment. I also found it beneficial from a networking perspective, I got some great advice and insights by participating in the programme. I was also paired with an excellent mentor at the University and my meetings with her helped me to explore some of the more personal ideas and issues I had around leadership and get some valuable advice.

How has Aurora impacted you?

It certainly fulfilled my goal of feeling more confident in my leadership skills and helped me to recognise areas for improvement and development. Since completing the programme I have made the decision to relocate to where I grew up so while I am sadly leaving the University, I will take what I have learned with me and am considering setting up my own business. I also hope to return to working in Higher Education in the future or at least working with the sector in some way.

What does it mean to be a Successful Aurora Delegate?

For me, it felt like an acknowledgement of my potential and it was encouraging to be selected for this excellent development opportunity. The programme is 5 days over 5 months but there are lots to do in terms of time to prepare for each session and reflect afterwards. As part of my feedback on Aurora, I have suggested that an internal network would be valuable to ensure that successful delegates have the opportunity to prepare effectively for participating in the programme and to make the most of their learning when they return. There seems to be interest in this idea from other past delegates so I hope it will come together!

 

You can find more information for the Aurora Programme here. For more information and how to apply for the next programme, please contact ldev@essex.ac.uk.



July 25, 2018

Excellence in Education Award Winners

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , , , , — Mohammed Alam @ 1:06 pm

The Excellence in Education Award 2018 winners are announced. This year the award has attracted 27 high calibre applications involving more than 50 staff members, including academics, professional services and GTAs. With a great support from the SU, students were represented on the panel as reviewers and observers for the very first time.

There was also a new Collaborative award to acknowledge the contribution of teams and their impact on education and students’ learning experience. This has been very popular with some excellent entries from 8 teams across departments, schools and sections. Professor Madeline Eacott and the EEA Panel would like to congratulate the following winners.

EEA awards 2018 – GTA-GLA award  
Surname First name Title Department Amount of award
Simpson Penelope Miss LiFTS £250
Donov Alex Mr Economics £250
Manac Radu-Dragomir Mr EBS £250
Albakjaji Mohamad Dr EBS £250
EEA 2018 – Educator Award (Individual)  
Surname First name Title Department Amount of award
Wheeler Katy Dr Sociology £1,000
Mitchell Edward Dr Law £1,000
Seeger Sean Dr LiFTS £1,000
Palacios Zuloaga Patricia Dr Law £1,000
EEA awards 2018 – Educators Award (collaborative)  
Project Team contact First name Title Department Amount of Award
Designing and developing a range of information literacy teaching activities at all levels Wilkinson Esther Miss Library (Subject Librarians) £2,000
CSEE- Development of the Essex challenge Week Mohan Vishwanathan Dr CSEE/ TEL/ TDC/ ASL/ CER £2,000

 

We also have the following issued with certificates of Merit:

EEA awards 2018 – Not Awarded but issues with certificates of Merit

Educators Award (collaborative)

Project Team contact First name Title Department
Embedding Employability in the Department of Psychology O’Gorman Rick Dr Psychology / Academic Section
Developing Research in Healthcare Online using Moodle Kearns/Stallabrass Niki/Susan Mrs/Ms TEL/HSC

 

EEA awards 2018 – Not Awarded but issues with Certificates of Merits

Educator Award (Individual)

Surname First name Title Department
Burch Matthew Dr SPAH


June 11, 2018

Annual staff picnic

Filed under: Networking & Collaboration — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 11:01 am

It’s that time again! I am pleased to announce this year’s staff picnic will be taking place at all three campuses and open to all staff.

You can find details for the three campuses below:

 

Colchester Campus: 

This year’s staff picnic will be taking place on Thursday 12 July 2018, from 1pm-2pm by the lakes near Wivenhoe House.

In order to help us stop duplicate bookings and ensure we order enough strawberries for everyone, we would be grateful if you could co-ordinate attendance numbers for your department/section or nominate someone in your place (please liaise with your school manager/ Head of section PA). If you are bringing children please supervise them at all times.

Please note that the nominated person will be responsible for the collection of your strawberries on the day.

Please email ldev@essex.ac.uk know how many staff will be attending with your picnic group no later than Friday 29 June 2018.  If you require access assistance please get in touch – there will also be a first-aider on site.

 

Southend Campus:

The next staff picnic will be held on Friday 13 July from 12.30pm – 2pm. Come along with your colleagues and enjoy this year’s picnic at Prittlewell Square Gardens (weather permitting). Strawberries will be provided! Please let the ground floor reception team know if you would like to attend by Friday 6 July. If the weather isn’t kind to us, the picnic will take place in the iLab on the 4th floor of The Gateway Building, where we will be able to watch some Wimbledon!

 

Loughton Campus:

The Loughton Campus will be celebrating the summertime with punnets of strawberries for staff to enjoy on Wednesday 11th July. Full details from Lindsay Rule will be circulated to Loughton staff a little nearer the time.

 



April 30, 2018

HAN Drop-in session

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 11:13 am

The Harassment Advisory Network offers a drop-in session each Tuesday, 1pm-2pm in 4N.6.2. No appointment is necessary, just turn up for a confidential 45minute chat with one of our Harassment Advisers, who will help “signpost” you to routes to solution and support for any harassment or bullying issues you may have.


 

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