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November 7, 2015

Not just in October

Filed under: Advice & Support,Networking & Collaboration — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 1:16 pm
Article by Esther Oluga, Frontrunner Plus

Article by Esther Oluga, Frontrunner Plus

Top three shocking statistics

  1. In 2014 the proportion of UK black staff who were professors was 4%- lower than for any other ethnic group.
  2. 5.8% of UK professors were BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) men and 1.3% women (a gap of 4.5%).[1]
  3. In the University of Essex, only 1% of Professors are Black/Black British.

[1] Source: Statistics from Equality Challenge Unit

Why is this a problem?


November 4, 2015

University Parents’ Support Network

Filed under: Networking & Collaboration,Welcome — Tags: , , , , , — Julia Greenwood @ 4:32 pm

As it’s the start of the new academic year we are looking to kick start the University Parents’ Support Network for the year ahead.

“When you return to work after a period of leave it can be hard to manage both your own and others’ expectations about how you will juggle your family and career. I would have found it very helpful to talk through some of the difficult decisions and transitions you have to make in confidence and with someone who had already been through it.” Mother of a 19-month-old

Please join us for our opening event in room 4SB.5.3 (Colchester campus), 1pm-2pm on 26th November and be part of our growing network.Join in on one of the following four discussions:toddler-cry

Is your child prone to temper tantrums?

Learn from others how to avoid them and best deal with them.

Thinking of schools?

How to prepare for your child starting school (primary/secondary or moving schools). What will your child need to know/what do you need to know?

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.

October 8, 2015

National Coming Out Day

Essex-LGBT-AllianceEvery year on 11th October, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly. It recognises that Coming Out is one of the most important moments in the lives of an LGBT person. Each individual who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

It takes courage to trust the world with your true self.

Getting support

Below are a number of useful links creating by Stonewall offering help, advice and further support.


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.

September 3, 2015

Staff question of the month

Filed under: Networking & Collaboration — Tags: , , , — Karen Bush @ 9:37 am

Staff question of the month for September 2015meeting-huddle

This month we’re interested in your views on what would most improve your experience of meetings. We’ve giving you three options to vote for (having a clear purpose, having strong meeting leadership or having the people in the room). We also want to know about the things you do to get the best out of meetings.

Your replies will be anonymous.

Last month’s question

Last month we asked you whether you know that the University has a flexible working policy and about your experience of flexible working at the University.

We had over 300 responses, 75% of whom knew about our flexible working policy, 23% did not, and 2% were unsure.

September 1, 2015

Face to a name

Filed under: Advice & Support,Networking & Collaboration — Tags: , , , — Joanna Matthias @ 1:32 pm

Further to the recent suggestion to add your picture to your email account, my initial reaction was fear – I absolutely hate having my photo taken and the thought of sharing it with everyone was daunting. However, I decided to go for it and I have had some really positive feedback – not on my ugly mug but as a communication tool.

Positive feedback

‘It was great to know who to look for at our meeting, it made me feel more comfortable’

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?


August 18, 2015

Projects are the way to turn the invisible into the visible


Turn ideas into action

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. (Tony Robbins)

Projects enable Essex to break boundaries.  Each project contributes to making Essex as great as it can be. The Project Managers’ Network is meeting on 10 September at 11.00am – 12.30pm, in LTB1, and you’re all invited, make sure you book your place now.

Project Managers’ Network

There are a growing numbers of people involved in projects (big and small) throughout the University. The Project Managers’ Network is open to everyone and is an opportunity for like-minded professionals to get together and share lessons learned.  If you’re already working as an experienced Project Manager, or if it’s an area that you want to get into, our programme of events are designed to help you enhance your skills and abilities, and expand your knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of project and change management. We can support each other to make every project the best it can be!

Top Tips for Project Managers


August 13, 2015

Staff question of the month

Filed under: Networking & Collaboration — Tags: , , , , — Karen Bush @ 9:57 am

Question of the month for August 2015back-bend

This month we are looking at flexible working. Answer our third question of the month to tell us about your experience of flexible working at the University.

Your replies will be anonymous and help to inform the development of our new suite of work/life balance policies.

Last month’s question

Last month we asked you identify when you feel the least pressure in your workload.

  • 35% of those who responded indicated that August was the month they felt the least pressure,
  • 19% said it was December and
  • 18% said the whole year was pressurised – there was no let-up.



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