Students Staff
University of Essex

October 29, 2015

Unconscious bias

We all have biases but how can we stop them affecting our decision-making?

Think of a surgeon, or a nurse, and do you picture a man or a woman?

What do you think when you see someone who is overweight or particularly short, someone who has facial piercings or tattoos, someone who wears a headscarf?

Unconscious, or implicit, bias affects every area of our lives. Unconsciously we tend to like people who look like us, think like us and come from backgrounds similar to ours. We all like to think we are open-minded and objective but research has shown that beliefs and values gained from family, culture and a lifetime of experiences influence how we view and evaluate both others and ourselves.


October 21, 2015

Coaching at the University

Filed under: Advice & Support,People Management — Tags: , , , — Mandy Borges @ 9:30 am

Do you have a work-related challenge or are going through a significant change at work? Coaching is one support mechanism available to all staff at the University of Essex.


Why coaching?

People enlist the services of a coach because they want to improve their situation and achieve goals. They want to learn new ways of thinking and approaching situations in order to get better results. Common goals might be becoming more organised and effective at work, gaining confidence in certain situations, relating to people more effectively or dealing with change.

Benefits from coaching include:


October 15, 2015

Staff question of the month – October

Filed under: Networking & Collaboration,People Management — Tags: , , — Karen Bush @ 4:30 pm

Staff question of the month for October 2015WEAREESSEX

This month we’re interested in your views on your line manager. Do they inspire confidence and trust? Answer this months question and leave your comments on what you think needs to be done to improve this.

Your replies will be entirely anonymous.

Last month’s question

Last month we asked you for your views on what would most improve your experience of meetings here at Essex, and we received lots of great examples of what works well.


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