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University of Essex

February 6, 2018

LGBT+ Careers Event

LGBT+ Careers Event – an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion collaboration with the Essex LGBT+ Alliance, Employability and Careers and the Students’ Union.

This now annual event offers LGBT+ students and staff a chance to hear from LGBT+ staff and students and their experiences in finding a job and then how they managed to be authentic in the workplace.

A panel of LGBT+ speakers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Ford Motor Company Ltd,  Essex County Council, LGBT+ staff and students from UoE will give an insight into what it means to apply for a job as an LGBT+ person.   There will then be a session where delegates can ask the speakers questions in an informal setting.  Afternoon tea will then be available giving everyone the opportunity to network with peers and several employers from the Essex LGBT+ Alliance.

This event is aimed at all of the University community, not just LGBT+ staff and students as we realise that many staff and students have friends or family who are LGBT+ and who may need advice and support on finding employment when they leave school or university.

Book now on HR Organiser



January 23, 2018

Essex celebrates LGBT+ history month

Filed under: Equality and Diversity,Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:21 pm

Come and join us to celebrate the start of LGBT+ history month. Katy Jon Went will be returning to Essex 12pm-2pm on 1 February, to talk about the progress and regress of LGBTIQ+ rights around the world.

Katy Jon is experienced in public speaking from head and heart with humor, and guaranteed to deliver an engaging, honest and thought provoking session.

Katy’s reviews speak volumes,  “Katy is immensely knowledgeable about her subject area and presents it in a very engaging and accessible way. While she is undoubtedly an intellectual heavyweight, there is no sense of superiority, and attendees at her talks genuinely feel that they could ask her anything without fear of offending her or being made to feel stupid”.

Book your place on HR Organiser and search “DIVERSITY”.

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January 10, 2018

You told us, we’re listening and making changes!

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Excellence,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:04 pm

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Tanya, Donna and Claire tell us about planned improvements to the way we use People Manager and HR Organiser.

 

Q: Why are improvements needed to HR Organiser?

A: People told us in a recent survey, that although generally they found HR Organiser to be a useful tool, some improvements were needed to make a better experience for users.

 

Q: What are the key areas that people told you needed to be improved?

A: The feedback we received was that people were keen to see some changes in relation to annual leave calculations, user guides and the way we present learning events.

 

Q: What did people like about HR Organiser?

A: The survey respondents told use that generally people felt confident making annual leaving bookings and viewing information such as payslips, P60s and personal data. People also liked that they could access information 24/7 and keep track of annual leave.

 

Q: How will you go about making the changes?

A: The iHR programme board is responsible for overseeing the full implementation of iTrent.   Some of the changes you would like to see to the way HR Organiser and People Manager look and feel are being addressed through a systems upgrade in February 2018.

 

Q: Who is responsible for taking improvements forward?

A: The HR Employee Relations team, Finance Business Systems team and IT Services all have responsibility for the successful implementation and improvement of iTrent and are committed to working together to achieve this.

 

Q: What are the timescales?

A: We’re working on a number of changes including:

  • The way annual leave is calculated and booked
  • Linking Moodle learning events and Essential Training to HR Organiser records
  • Creating lean recruitment processes through iTrent to avoid duplication and reduce time to recruit
  • Improving the look and feel of HR Organiser
  • Reviewing the user guides

 

Changes will be implemented between now and July 2018.

 

Q: How will any changes be communicated?

A: We’ll communicate changes through a variety of mediums, including e-mails to managers, messages on HR Organiser, updates on the HR blog and notices in Essex Weekly.

 

Q: I have further feedback to share regarding People Manager/HR Organiser/iTrent, who can I speak to?

A: You can speak to any of the Programme Board:

  • Marc Albano, Deputy Director of Finance (Business Systems)
  • Donna Scott, Business Systems Manager
  • Susie Morgan, Director of HR
  • Richard Murphy, Director of IT Services
  • Sara Limerick, Assistant Director of HR – Employee Relations and Reward
  • Tanya Clements, Payroll and Reward Manager
  • Nicola East, HR Information Manager
  • Nilufer Demirkan-Jones, Head of Essex Pathways
  • Claire Foster, Resourcing Manager
  • Jo Andrews, Assistant Director of HR – Organisational Development

Q: How can I get involved in the project?

A: We are keen to hear from people who would be interested in undertaking some user testing. If you would like to volunteer to test out potential systems changes before they are made live please send your details to Tanya Clements, Payroll and Reward Manager.



December 18, 2017

Would you like to become a Harassment Support Worker?

Filed under: Developing Excellence,Equality and Diversity — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 9:52 am

We are looking for Harassment Support Workers across all campuses, to join our existing network which was formed in 1993, and was the model for a number of Universities throughout the country.

The network provides a listening and advice service to clients, who may be employees, workers, contractors, students and visitors to the University, wishing to report harassment or bullying.

This is a voluntary role and full training will be provided.

Further information on this post and the applicant pack can be found on job vacancies.

Please direct any questions to diversity@essex.ac.uk

 

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November 23, 2017

Opportunities and resources for managers at Essex

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , , , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:00 am

As part of our commitment to developing our membership, we would like to make you aware of new resources, policy and development opportunities to support employees in a management position at Essex. The following are designed to support employees new to management, both generally and at Essex, whilst also providing opportunities to stretch managers in specific areas of their management practice.

New resources and policy to support managers:

People Strategy in Action moodle resource(new)

Contains advice and guidance in a range of formats to support those in management positions. Resources range from ‘quick guides’ to approach people-related challenges, an interactive tool showing different approaches for development at work and the University’s expectations of a manager.

Developing Yourself and Others(new)

This is a practical guide situated in People Strategy in Action, that includes a range of approaches to develop professionally in the workplace.

Essential Training Policy(new)

This new policy clarifies the Essential Training that all employees are expected to complete within the first 6 months of employment, whilst all existing employees are expected to complete the Essential Training relevant to their role. All Essential Training can be accessed on the recently developed Welcome to Essex induction moodle resource.

Welcome to Essex(new)

The Welcome to Essex induction resource has been developed to complement local induction so that new employees can settle into their role as effectively as possible. It contains an induction checklist for new employees and for managers to support the new employees and their recruiting manager.

Development opportunities for colleagues new to management at Essex:

Induction for Managers(new)

Audience: New managers at Essex

Duration: ½ day

Content: Provides a greater understanding of management practice, supporting resources and development opportunities at the University.

Management Essentials

Audience: Newly appointed to management roles and managers who wish to develop further their skills managing others

Duration: 3 days

Content:Opportunities to learn about managing individuals (communicating effectively, setting objectives, giving feedback, using coaching approaches to develop individuals and delegation), understanding teams and how to manage teams effectively.

Development opportunities to stretch established managers:

Management Reflections(new)

Audience: Managers with 3 or more years of experience (particularly recommended for colleagues with roles in departmental leadership teams)

Duration: 1 ½ days

Content: The course provides opportunities in a safe environment for managers to reflect on their leadership and management styles, using a combination or 360-degree feedback, facilitated feedback from observers and peers, self-reflection and coaching.

Coaching Essentials for Managers

Audience: Essential Training for all managers

Duration: 1 Day

Content: A highly practical and participative workshop that enables managers to develop effective coaching skills which can be applied formally and informally in a wide range of workplace situations.

Managing Conflict

Audience: All Managers

Duration: ½ Day

Content: The workshop uses a psychometric assessment tool (TKI) to provide participants with the opportunity to understand how they approach conflict situations and how to achieve positive outcomes individually and within teams.

Handling Difficult Conversations

Audience: Available for all staff

Duration: ½ Day

Content: This ‘bitesize’ interactive and informative workshop is intended for managers and senior staff and has been designed to help you develop a strategy that works for you when entering into a difficult conversation. This workshop will provide you with the tools and practice to help you to deliver positive and constructive messages.

Appraisal and Personal Development Scheme: Appraiser Training(new)

Audience: Available for all staff

Duration: 2 hours

Content: This session will brief you on the University’s approach to appraisal and how you can use this most effectively to support the development and enhance the performance of those you are responsible for.The session will provide an opportunity to develop and practice your coaching skills, which will enable you to get the most from appraisal discussions.

Improving Assertiveness

Audience: Available for all staff

Duration: 2 Days

Content: Being assertive can make a huge difference to the way you feel about yourself and the way in which other people see you. It can improve the quality of your relationships with colleagues, family and friends as it demonstrates that you have confidence in yourself and respect for others. This course will show you, through discussion and practical exercises, strategies that you can use in your everyday life.

 

We hope that you find these opportunities useful. If you have any questions or suggestions in relation to these opportunities and resources, please email ldev@essex.ac.uk.

 



November 15, 2017

Supervising Doctoral Studies

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Mohammed Alam @ 2:02 pm

Dr Kate Exley will be visiting the University on Wednesday 29th November to deliver two workshops for research supervisors. The first in morning will be a 3 hour session for new supervisors who are required to act as Joint supervisor for their first PhD students. The national context in which supervisors and students work will be considered and the influence of the QAA Code of Practice on supervisory practice briefly reviewed. This session is also suitable for experienced supervisors who may be new to joint supervision. Kate will provide examples and activities that will support you in developing the relationships required for successful Joint supervision. This workshop can be booked on HR Organiser here.

In the afternoon Kate will run a second 2.5 hour workshop titled Examining Doctoral candidates. This workshop aims to explore the ways in which staff can prepare to act as examiners for a PhD candidate and provide input on processes, procedures and approaches. The workshop will include guidance and discussion on how to read the written submission (usually a Thesis) and formulate questions, how to prepare for the viva and ensure that the Doctoral level criteria have been met. You will also get the opportunity to hear from a couple of experienced Essex supervisors about their experiences of the viva voce exam. This workshop can also be booked through HR Organiser here.

If you cannot make these events, both of these workshops will run again when Kate returns to Essex on 17 May 2018. Please also remember that all research supervisors are now required to take the relevant pathway through the Supervising Doctoral Studies Moodle resource.



November 10, 2017

Aurora – Leadership development programme for women

Filed under: Athena SWAN,Aurora — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:47 pm

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

The Aurora programme is targeted at those who identify as female up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent in a university or higher education college, ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as one option for progression. It is designed to introduce key leadership topics and skills in 4 workshops (each x 1 day), complemented by networking, role models and guest speakers at each event. Further, on-going support is ensured through action learning (1 day scheduled as part of the programme), online resources and institutional level support including mentoring and institutional Aurora Champions.

In 2017-18, the University are committing to make available up to 5 funded places on the Aurora Programme commencing in London on 8 March 2018, with attendance on 4 further dates: 24 April 2018, 17 May 2018, 12 June 2018 and 5 July 2018.

Last year's Aurora delegates

Last year’s Aurora delegates

Please email ldev@essex.ac.uk to request further details including an application form.

 



November 8, 2017

International Men’s Day – Free NHS Health Checks

Filed under: Advice & Support,Athena SWAN,Equality and Diversity — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 5:43 pm

In recognition of International Men’s Day, free NHS health checks for men are available at Colchester and Southend campuses on Wednesday 22 November.

Confidential checks will be carried out by a fully trained Health Check worker, and will take approximately 20minutes to complete. Fully explained results will be provided instantly, guidance will also be provided.

To qualify, you must be male aged between 40-74 years, registered with a local GP or living in Essex and not had a check in the last 5 years.

Testing will take place 10am-6pm at Colchester (mobile testing unit parked by the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall) and 11.30am-2.30pm at Southend (GB.3.54).

To book your free confidential health check, please call 0800 022 4524 (select option 1), please make sure you advise which campus you are at.



October 11, 2017

Registration Open for PG CHEP

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:58 am

This year’s PG CHEP program for those wishing to develop their skills in Learning and Teaching is open for registration and will be getting underway next month. It is the more formal pathway to Fellowship of the HEA (aligned with Module 1) and also allows you to gain a certification for teaching in HE (after Module 2). The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PG CHEP) is a qualification for staff involved in teaching who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise in academic practice. The programme provides opportunities to plan, record and evidence your professional activity in three key areas:

  • learning and teaching;
  • research and scholarly activity;
  • teaching-related administration, management and leadership.

The qualification comprises two 30-credit modules. Module 1 leads to fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Subsequent completion of Module 2 leads to the awarding of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice. Modules are usually taken over one or two years for each. We recommend the PG CHEP program for those colleagues who are new to teaching in HE and generally academic staff with less than three years’ experience of learning and teaching in HE. Please email PGCHEP@Essex.ac.uk to register. Further details on Module content can be found on the PGCHEP web page

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October 10, 2017

Induction Week

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:53 am

In September, the Organisational Development section in Human Resources,  hosted a range of inductions that welcomed our new Graduate Laboratory Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Professional Services and Education & Research staff.

Over the course of the week, nearly 200 people attended a range of events that included an Induction Fair (photo below) to provide opportunity for new colleagues to meet others and understand more about a range of areas and services to support them in their role.

As part of the induction, everyone was introduced to our new induction Moodle page ‘Welcome to Essex‘. Here you can find the slides from all events during the induction week along with all relevant information related to induction. Welcome to Essex has been designed to complement your local induction and contains everything that we feel you will need to know during your first year of working here to get you started and settled in your new job.

 

Education and Research Induction Fair 2017

Education and Research Induction Fair 2017


 

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