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University of Essex

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



October 4, 2017

Harassment Advisory Network Drop In sessions

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:45 pm

The Harassment Advisory Network offers a confidential signposting service for staff, students and visitors who experience any kind of bullying or harassment, relating to, for example, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, religion, etc.

We are pleased to announce that our weekly Drop-In sessions, will commence on Tuesday 3 October from 1pm to 2pm in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, Room MFC 1. No appointment is necessary, just turn up. An adviser will be on duty to help ‘signpost’ you to routes to solutions and support.

Alternatively, you can make an appointment to speak to a Harassment Adviser by contacting the network by phone on 01206 874334 or through email at harass@essex.ac.uk. There is more information about the network on the Harassment page of our Equality and Diversity website.

If you believe that you have been the victim of a Hate Crime you can report that to the Hate Incident Reporting Centre via hirc@essex.ac.uk or directly to the police. Information on how to do this is on the Reporting Hate Crime page of our Equality and Diversity website.



STONEWALL WORKPLACE EQUALITY SURVEY 2018

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:44 pm

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 you 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 2018 and associated publications

If you are interested in taking part, please follow this link, using the following 4-digit code:  1685.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 November.



September 25, 2017

What can you see?… A duck? A rabbit?

Filed under: Equality and Diversity — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:10 am

 

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Find out more about the way our brain makes decisions by completing our new in-house unconscious bias training on Moodle.

This resource is an element of the essential training for University committee members. Completion is encouraged for all members of staff, as it will provide you with an interesting insight into human behaviour.

This resource will evolve over time and we welcome your feedback, which can be provided via the Moodle page.



September 5, 2017

English Classes For Dependents of International Students and Staff (ECDIS)

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 12:00 pm

The ECDIS programme offers adult dependents of University students, staff or visiting fellows the opportunity to improve their English through free classes on campus. ECDIS also gives participants the chance to meet people from other countries and cultures, and helps students develop their language skills while learning about UK society.

The classes are taught at three basic level: Beginner.Elementary, Lower Intermediate/Intermediate and Upper Intermediate/Advanced and the main focus will be listening, speaking, and reading with some limited focus on writing skills. there is also a weekly Social English session open to all ECDIS students, at which participants have the opportunity to practice their English conversation skills and discuss topics relating to life in Britain.

For more information or to register for these classes, contact us on ecdis@essex.ac.uk

 


 

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