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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.



April 18, 2018

Employee Relations is back!

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 3:12 pm

The refurbishment of the Employee Relations (which also includes Payroll, Pensions and Resourcing) space of the HR Department is now complete and we have moved back from our temporary location.  The reception is now situated in 4SA.6.8; to find us you will need to go in through the 4SE entrance and up the stairs toward the HR training rooms.

All phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged so please continue to contact us in the same way.

Thank you to our colleagues who gave us shelter during this time, also a huge thank you to the teams that undertook the upgrade and moved us seamlessly back into our new offices.

Susie Morgan, Director of HR and Lyn Aldridge, her PA, have also moved back into that space.

 



April 4, 2018

CADENZA

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:36 pm

We would like to send a big thank you to all the HEA Fellows who assisted the CADENZA team with the assessment of applications to the recent CADENZA panel in March. The Panel reviewed 32 submissions for fellowship at descriptors D1-D3, with three successful applications for Associate Fellowship, 18 for Fellowship and three from successful Senior Fellows.

Biological Sciences provided five assessors, there were two each from Law, Language and Linguistics, HSC, Mathematical Sciences, Economics and the Library, with additional assessors from the TDC, EBS and PPS. Special thanks to those assessors who assessed multiple applications. Four assessors also attended the Panel as observers and to represent the three Faculties and Professional Services to share good practice highlighted in applications from their own sections and departments.

As an institution, we now have >350 eligible Fellows (D2-D4) who can assess applications. As part of the HEA’s Code of Practice, Fellows are expected to support colleagues development, encourage excellent teaching and learning practices and promote the UKPSF. The easiest way to achieve this is to support the CADENZA team with assessment to whatever degree you can manage, whether its multiple applications for each panel or one application per year, each is helpful in its own way and much appreciated by the team and applicants. To this end, we are running a large number of moderation sessions for assessors throughout April and May in preparation for the July Panel when we anticipate c.100 applications. We are inviting all eligible Fellows to attend a moderation event (bookable on HROrganiser) which will allow them to act as an assessor. These sessions will introduce assessors to the new format of the CADENZA application, including new application and assessment forms and go through the assessment process, provide tips for assessing and applying the criteria for the four Descriptors (D1-D4). There will also be the opportunity for assessors to ask questions. All assessors must attend one of the sessions prior to assessing under the new format.

Full details of the new application and assessment process, including an assessors handbook, can be found on the newly updated Moodle pages for CADENZA.

If you have any questions about submitting an application, acting as an assessor or the responsibilities of Fellowship, please feel free to contact the CADENZA team at cadenza@essex.ac.uk



March 23, 2018

Our commitment to pay equality

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:15 am

Ensuring that we reward staff fairly, based on their contribution to our community and regardless of their protected characteristics, is at the core of our values. We have been taking long-term action to improve pay equality at Essex and the Government’s call for UK employers to publish their gender pay gap data gives us a chance to assess how we’re performing.

We are making progress and we have a strategy in place, but we know we need to do more. Over the last four years our gender pay gap, which measures the difference between men’s and women’s average earnings across an organisation, has fallen by 6.2% from 24.8% in 2013 to 18.6% in 2017.

Our decision to eradicate the pay gap at professorial level has contributed to this fall and also closed the pay gap at this specific pay grade. We have no significant pay gaps between staff undertaking work of equal value , but we know there are a range of different factors that contribute to our overall gender pay gap and we need to better understand those so that we can take further targeted action to address this vital issue.

Our full gender pay gap report has been published today on both the Government portal  and our own website.



March 6, 2018

LFHE’s Diversifying Leadership programmme

Filed under: Developing Excellence,Equality and Diversity — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 3:57 pm

Do you aspire to take on a leadership role? Do you identify as BAME? Then this programme is for you.

As part of the University’s commitment to increasing the diversity of staff at senior levels, we are funding two places on the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Diversifying Leadership programme designed to support black and minority ethnic (BAME) staff transition into leadership roles. The programme is aimed at early career BAME academics, up to senior lecturer level (or equivalent) and early career professional services staff.

The programme includes a facilitated action learning set, which will provide participants with more opportunity for small-group working and an additional skillset.

Successful applicants must be able to attend events in London on 12 April, 10 May, 6 June and 28 June.

To apply for a place please send a statement of no more than 100 words explaining why you want to take part in this programme to diversity@essex.ac.uk by Friday 23 March.



March 5, 2018

HR Organiser and People Manager are changing

Filed under: Advice & Support — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:20 pm

The current HR Organiser and People Manager are undergoing some changes to improve the user experience and implement some additional features. From 6 March 2018 the new look and feel will be in place. You don’t need to do anything; the changes will be there when you next log in.

HR Organiser:

What’s new?

–       New look and feel

–       You can now view your grade, scale point and salary under the employment tab

HR-Blog-1

Hints and Tips

–       Moving home? You can change your address or add a secondary address

–       Keep an eye out for news, updates and tips on the home page

–       Did you know you can log into HR Organiser from your smart phone?

 

People Manager

What’s new?

–       New look and feel, fewer clicks to navigate

–       Can view an absence/leave calendar for your whole team (click on the “out of office today” box on your homepage)

–       Can see details of maternity/paternity and adoption leave

–       Easier to approve timesheets directly

–       A new summary page where you can see all your employees’ information in one place, including their annual leave balance and sickness history

hr blog 2

Did you know?

– You can redirect your approvals when on leave by selecting “redirect your tasks” on the homepage

– You can check probation and fixed-term end dates under the personal information tab on each employee’s information page

 

If you have any queries please email hrorg@essex.ac.uk who will be able to assist you. If you have any queries on the information held within HR Organiser or People Manager please contact staffing@essex.ac.uk/



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


 

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