Students Staff
University of Essex

August 5, 2020

Diversifying Leadership

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Excellence — Mohammed Alam @ 2:16 pm

As part of the University’s commitment to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff transition into leadership roles, 2 places have been funded to attend the Advance HE programme Diversifying Leadership. The programme is designed to support early-career academics and professional services staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds who are about to take their first steps into a leadership role. It explores themes of power and influence, demystifying leadership, cultural identity and cultural capital, increasing your visibility and authentic leadership and features leadership stories from high-profile HE leaders.

“The diversifying leadership programme is excellent because it helped me to understand the structures and systems that I needed to navigate to achieve my goals as a Black academic. I had extensive experience in Higher Education and although I was very aware of the barriers that existed, I didn’t fully understand what I had to do to overcome them and achieve the goals that I knew I was capable of. The programme provided valuable insight into the role of ‘sponsors’ and how they facilitate a supportive environment for Black academics to flourish. On completion of this  programme I was able to successfully apply for ‘permanency’ and promotion to senior lecturer. Structural racism does impact Black academics, but this programme helps participants to understand the barriers and hurdles that they need to overcome to achieve their objectives and goals.”

Feedback from a previous participant on the programme 

Further information and the application form can be found on Leadership courses. Please submit questions and completed application forms to by 5pm on 21 August

August 3, 2020

Managing Staff Return to Campus Webinar for Managers

Filed under: COVID-19 — Mohammed Alam @ 11:22 am

Our guidance documents are available on the staff directory to explain how we will determine what work/activity should be carried out safely on campuses and how we are following the current guidance from the UK Government, PHE, and HSE.

Before we return to our campuses, managers will need to ensure that the risk of COVID-19 transmission from a work activity is reduced or eliminated (where possible) for all members of staff, including those that may be at increased risk due to their individual medical vulnerability.

If you are responsible for managing risk assessments within you team,  you should complete a COVID-19 Departmental Risk Assessment to update your current Departmental Risk Assessment based upon the risk of COVID-19 transmission and share this with managers in your department.

All managers with line management responsibility will be asked to identify any members of their team who may be at increased risk due to their individual medical vulnerability.   This will then help us to assess whether they can return to campus or whether they need additional support to do so. To do this you will need to complete the Individual Work Activity and Staff Health Risk Assessments for each member of staff.

The workshops below will support you in completing these risk assessments and you can register for a workshop by selecting from the Zoom links below:


Managing Staff Return to Campus Webinar for Managers – Completing a COVID-19 Departmental Risk Assessment

This webinar led by Andy Fraser from Workplace Health, Safety & Wellbeing will help you learn how to complete this risk assessment, highlighting the activities, hazards and control measures you should consider. 

You will also have the opportunity to field any questions specific to your work area.

You only need to complete this training if you have responsibility for completing your department or section’s risk assessment or have been specifically asked to do this.

Wednesday 5th August – 2pm – 3.30pm

Monday 10th August – 11.30am – 1pm


Managing Staff Return to Campus Webinar for Managers- Completing Individual Work Activity and Staff Health Risk Assessments

The webinar led by Lara Carmel and Nicola King from Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing team will provide guidance for Line Managers in identifying staff that may be at increased risk due to their individual medical vulnerability during the COVID-19 outbreak and considering the risk levels of the individual work environment. 

How to identify the vulnerable staff and what may support them to return to campus-based work will be explained and you will also have the opportunity to field any questions specific to your work area.

Tuesday 11th August – 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 20th August –  11.30am – 1pm