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April 20, 2016

Spring into action – The Project Managers’ Network

The May Project Managers Network (PMN) is now open for bookings.

This session is available to everyone involved in projects (big and small), and provides opportunity to meet and share experiences of managing projects here at the University.

Project Managers Network May

What to expect from the May session

The next Project Managers’ Network meeting is 11 May 2016 at 11am – 12.30pm in room 1N1.4.1. Make sure you book your place now in HR Organiser.

This session will focus on:

1. Project news

Updates on any recent project news and events.

2. Project Sponsor role and responsibilities

An interactive session that will help to clarify the role and responsibilities of the Project Sponsor and how well this translates in to day to day project life.

3. Project clinics                        

This will be run as a World Café style session with multiple tables, each on a different theme. You will have the opportunity to learn more from the facilitator, and discuss your own issues and solutions in that area. The themes for this session are: (more…)



February 26, 2016

The Project Managers’ Network

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The network is open to everyone involved in projects (big and small), and provides opportunity to meet and share experiences of managing projects here at the University.

What to expect from the March session

The next Project Managers’ Network meeting is 16 March at 2pm – 3.30pm, in room 1N1.4.1.

Make sure you book your place now. This session will focus on:
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December 9, 2015

The Project Managers’ Network is back!

Following the success from our first session, the Network is back and packed full of ideas and presentations to help you to deliver your projects.

What to expect from the January sessiondid-you-know-box

The Project Managers’ Network is meeting on 13 January at 2pm – 3.30pm, in the Ivor Crewe Seminar Room, and you’re all invited. Make sure you book your place now.

This session will focus on the following:

Gaining buy-in

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December 1, 2015

Building confidence and trust in our managers

Filed under: People Management — Tags: , , , , , — Paul Smart @ 9:38 am

Have you answered the latest question of the month?

October’s QOTM results

In October 2015 we asked whether your line manager inspired confidence and trust. We received over 190 responses and the highlights were:

  • Overall 57.9% of the responses voted ‘yes’ their line manager inspires confidence and trust.
  • In the Faculty of Science & Health, 75% of the votes were ‘yes’, followed by the Faculty of Social Sciences with 69.2% ‘yes’ votes and Professional Services staff voting 56.1% positively.
  • The Faculty of Humanities, Professional Services staff within a faculty/department and Campus Services all received 50% or lower ‘yes’ voters.

Feedback from the free text comments will be factored into an ongoing review of manager training and development opportunities at the University. This is a core element of the People Supporting Strategy which seeks to clarify the roles and responsibilities of those who are in leadership and management positions and establish a talent development programme for all members of the University.

Training currently available

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November 3, 2015

Having difficult conversations

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Knowledge — Tags: , , , — Mandy Borges @ 9:22 am

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  • Do you sometimes wish you had a clear strategy before entering into difficult conversations?
  • Would you like to feel confident that the outcome will be positive for both of you?

We have an interactive, informative and entertaining workshop which has been designed to help you develop a strategy that works for you and to enable you to feel confident that any conversation can have a positive and constructive outcome. Log into HR Organiser now to book your place, there’s only a few places remaining.
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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.

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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.

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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:

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September 15, 2015

Raising the Profile of Technicians

What is HEaTED?heated

HEaTED is a membership organisation dedicated to supporting Professional Development of Technical staff from all disciplines and specialisms in Higher Education and related fields. The University of Essex is a member of HEaTED so you are already part of a growing community working to support and promote the skills and roles of Technical staff.  You simply need to click here to register yourself.

The University of Essex is delighted to be hosting the next HEaTED events at our Colchester campus on the 30 November and 1 December 2015.
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August 25, 2015

How to network with professionals online

The power of networkingtable-discussion

Networking and exchanging ideas with fellow colleagues at Essex is fundamental to our community. There are endless ways you can connect with others as highlighted previously, and online, social or virtual networking is fast becoming the norm in the professional and academic environment. An article by Ron Pauleyan Academic Liaison Librarian agrees that social media networking can improve connections to fellow researchers, as well as being a platform for acquiring and sharing expertise.

What is LinkedIn?

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July 24, 2015

What does your Outlook say about you?

During your busiest times of the year it may be vital to gain control over your inbox.workplace-desk-laptop

Here are some of my favourite tried and tested ‘tricks’ I use to help me organise my emails, my calendar and my tasks using Microsoft Outlook.

Tip #1 Set up rules to automatically file away emails e.g. small-ads

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