Staff and Team development articles and news
Technology undoubtably improves the educational curriculum by providing more diverse opportunities for research and development and for enhancing the student experience. Problems can arise however if the processes and those using them are not up to speed. This can result in increased challenges and hurdles for university staff, who are sometimes not aware of all the technological advancements, and even if they are familiar, they might feel they do not have enough time to keep up with all the updates and improvements.
Work related stress is becoming an issue for more and more people in all walks of life. Higher education is no exception, with university staff having to find ways of coping with a wide range of issues with huge levels of change and additional demands being made at a time of tight budgets.Can resilience workshops make a difference?
Managing university student expectations and the QAA report In an age in which university students are required to pay high tuition fees it is not surprising that the weight of expectation placed on a university is growing. Students will be highly aware of the...
Creating a sense of belonging in university teams is a key management task. Many work groups think they are team working, when in fact they are simply coordinating individual efforts and not getting the synergistic effects that a team brings. When a team has psychological significance, members will agree that they feel loyal and committed to the team, they identify with the team and feel they have a lot in common with the team.
Universities need to transform quite significantly across the sector as they begin changing their offer and how they deliver it. These changes are happening both proactively and reactively – and sometimes in response to factors that aren’t yet set. There is a need to press university staff to take risks and to think completely differently, sometimes to display skillsets they weren’t previously required to have, and to be brave enough to do so within an environment of uncertainty for them personally and professionally.