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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

July 2, 2020

Armed Forces Week

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 12:56 pm

My job as the Financial Reporting Accountant in Financial Planning and Data Insight involves compiling annual financial statements, generating financial reports, and providing advice on the finance system.

In the Army Reserve, my role is Communications Systems Operator with 36 (Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron Royal Signals. Since joining in February 2019, I have been developing the skills to fulfill this role, these include setting up radio detachments and using the Bowman radios, as well as basic soldiering skills.

I have really enjoyed my time building up these skills, with every course being different and allowing me to meet plenty of fantastic people from a wide variety of backgrounds, all of who have the same drive and determination to succeed in common.

The skills that I have learned in both of my careers have been able to complement each other, including time management, teamwork, and communication. Also, specific skills such as using IT systems and coding have been transferable.

One of my highlights with the Reserves so far has been completing my Phase 1 course, which was spread out over four weekends and two weeks and involved learning all the basic soldiering skills, such as fieldcraft, using a rifle and navigation. Another highlight was being able to march through London in January as part of the Privilege Parade. This celebrated my Regiment earning privileged status, allowing them to march into the city “with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed”.

Last month, I took part in part in the 100 for 100 challenge to raise money for the Royal Signals Charity. This involves running 100kms in the month of June to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the Royal Signals. I took this on as a personal challenge and managed to run 476kms, coming first in terms of distance in the regiment, although definitely not first nationally. This is also assisting in my training for the London Marathon, which has now been delayed to October, which I am running to raise money for Help for Heroes), so far, I have raised just over £400 of my £1,000 target.

The University has been brilliant in supporting me in taking part in the Reserves, by allowing me to have additional paid leave to attend my courses and being flexible with fitting my work around any of my obligations.

If you are a Reservist, veteran or part of a military family, we’d love to hear from you.

 Ian Haw, Financial Reporting Accountant in Financial Planning and Data Insight

March 20, 2019

Stonewall LGBT Leadership programme

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 10:50 am

We are inviting applications to apply for a place on the Stonewall LGBT Leadership programme which is taking place on 17-19 July 2019.

The Stonewall Leadership programme has been running for 16 years and is a CPD-accredited, intensive two-day residential, bringing together senior leaders who identify as LGBT+ from across a range of sectors and industries. It invites delegates to reflect on how their identity as an LGBT+ person has had an impact on their leadership journey, understand what it means to them to be an authentic leader and explore how to be a more visible and inclusive leader.

Applications should be returned to by 19 April. An internal selection process will take place to determine who will go forward to the Stonewall selection process. Those selected via the internal process will be required to complete a separate Stonewall application form.

January 11, 2019

Want to explore how contemplative ways of teaching can support learning in the classroom?

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 12:22 pm

September 18, 2018

Staff Induction Week

Filed under: Developing Excellence — Tags: , , , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:57 pm

The Organisational Development section of Human Resources will be hosting induction events for the following staff groups:-

There will be the opportunity for staff profile photos to be taken during the afternoon of 25 September in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall Seminar Room.

Additionally, there will be a Celebrating Excellence in Education event on 25 September, where the achievements of academic colleagues are recognised, creating an environment to identify and share best practice.

If you are a new member of staff and have not attended your appropriate induction, please book your place via HR Organiser.

For more information contact 

September 17, 2018

New Adobe Courses Available:

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Excellence — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 11:38 am

IT Training is offering three exciting new Adobe courses this term for all members of our University community. Whatever your role, you’ll likely need to use images or digital media to explain concepts. Whislt you don’t necessarily need to be an Adobe power user, understanding how to work with the core tools can both empower you and help you to produce more compelling content.

Photoshop for beginners,  22 & 23 Oct, 3 & 4 Dec

An introduction to this industry-standard image editing software that allows users to manipulate, enhance, crop, resize and correct colour on digital images. You’ll analyse how an image can be improved and then edit it in order to improve it.

InDesign for beginners, 29 & 30 Oct, 10 & 12 Dec

Learn how to create and edit multi-page documents for publication and screen use. You’ll learn how to build a document layout; create documents in various sizes and page lengths; add, import and edit text as well as place and manipulate photographs and graphics.

Creating digital content with Adobe , 5, 6 & 7 Nov, 7, 8 & 9 Jan

In the first part of this course you will use Photoshop to edit, fix and augment your images to make them look striking and prepare them for web and print. Then you are introduced to Illustrator and vector graphics for logos and infographics. Lastly, you will concentrate on InDesign where you will put together brochures, banners and other materials using the media which you created previously.

For more information and to book these and other digital skills courses, visit the IT Training web page

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

April 4, 2018


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

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 by Friday 23 March.

December 18, 2017

Would you like to become a Harassment Support Worker?

Filed under: Developing Excellence,Equality and Diversity — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 9:52 am

We are looking for Harassment Support Workers across all campuses, to join our existing network which was formed in 1993, and was the model for a number of Universities throughout the country.

The network provides a listening and advice service to clients, who may be employees, workers, contractors, students and visitors to the University, wishing to report harassment or bullying.

This is a voluntary role and full training will be provided.

Further information on this post and the applicant pack can be found on job vacancies.

Please direct any questions to





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