Don’t Look Up has become that rarest of things: a programme about climate change that’s got people talking and doesn’t feature Sir David Attenborough.
Today (Monday, 1 November) marks a significant step as the Directorate of Human Resources changes its name to the Directorate of People and Organisational Development.
To tackle the greatest crisis of our lifetime – climate change – our University is undertaking agenda-setting work to help ensure a sustainable planet.
I’ve been thinking about the potential opportunity to apply what we have learned through the pandemic to reshaping Professional Services as we move forward.
Our institution, in partnership with the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University, is spearheading the Research England-funded Prosper project to redefine postdoc career development.
How we will spend our hard-earned retirement has been top of my agenda this year. Not only because I will retire from the University in November, after 15 years of service, but also because the USS pension scheme has been facing challenges.
In Professional Services, we want to create a more flexible future for our people because we know that it can benefit us in our professional and personal lives.
Often when we talk about the Student Experience Programme (SEP) we focus on the new technology, processes and staffing changes this major change initiative will bring to the University. As part of the SEP leadership team, I have, along with many of my colleagues been an advocate of the importance of us also thinking about our shared ways of working.
It’s fair to say that when it comes to teaching and learning, the past twelve months have seen seismic shifts – developments we might have expected to take close to a decade when we rung in the new year in January 2020 were suddenly compressed into a few months, with colleagues getting to grips with new technologies and rapidly moving their teaching online.
I love an anniversary or a celebration – but realising that a year ago today we had, for the most part, to close the campus is not something I thought we would be marking, and indeed it isn’t something that many people would probably look on as a celebration.