Category Archives: Organisational Development

UC VALUES – Last set of workshops to have your say

Kia ora colleagues

A desire to co-create Organisational Values for UC came through strongly in the focus groups and other feedback mechanisms in the Strategy development process.  So far 61 staff have participated in the three workshops that have been run – 18 Academic staff and 43 Professional Staff.

I’ve already promoted two more workshops and I’ve now scheduled more so you have six further opportunities to engage face to face with staff from across UC . These are listed below. Email me directly to book your place.

Why have Organisational Values? 

They:

  • remind us of what we stand for
  • provide a roadmap for work and behaviour
  • help us make the right decisions
  • create the context to allow for alignment between people, systems, processes, structure, leadership and culture
  • provide a measure for “organisational fit” for prospective staff (and students).

Opportunities to participate:

  • Thursday 29 October 1 to 2.30pm
  • Monday 02 November 10 to 11.30am
  • Tuesday 10/11, 2.30 to 4pm
  • Tuesday 17/11, 2 to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 18/11, 10.30am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 19/11, 1 to 2.30pm

Please pass on this information to your colleagues. Thank you.

Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather
People and Culture

Could you use a resetting of your resilience?

I think you’ll agree that this year has tested all of our resilience. In times such as this, it’s so important to take care of ourselves.

The Growing Personal Resilience programme was developed to provide people with the practical tools to manage life more effectively, and to not turn pressure into stress. The programme is aimed at developing people’s personal strengths, helping them to become more resilient and to gain more control over their personal and professional lives.

Growing Personal Resilience programme will run on Thursday 5th and Wednesday 18 November from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

Go to the Development tab in UCPeople to register, or access via our Learning and Development site.

Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants now open

Kia ora colleagues

The Association of Commonwealth Universities has launched this grant round today.  It is open to both academic and professional staff. The deadline is 11.59 pm GMT on 13 November 2020.

“Today on UN International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, we are delighted to announce the launch of the ACU Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants. Aimed at academic and professional staff, the grants can be awarded to ACU member universities from any country to support initiatives addressing climate resilience.

Grants of up to GBP 2500 each are available to help meet the costs of organising projects that promote the aims and priorities of our Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network (CCRN).

If you are involved in enhancing the climate resilience of universities themselves, and/or enhancing universities’ contribution to the resilience of communities, business and government – then you’re eligible to apply.

The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops and events….”  You’ll find more details and the application form on their website.

Karen Mather, People and Culture

UC Values – MORE opportunities to participate in deciding our way forward

Kia ora colleagues

A desire to co-create Organisational Values for UC came through strongly in the focus groups and other feedback mechanisms in the Strategy development process.

Two more times providing an opportunity for you to participate in this co-creation are  now available:

  • Thursday 29 October 1pm to 2.30pm OR
  • Monday 02 November 10am to 11.30am.

The sessions will include a short introduction to Organisational Values and the context and benefits of Values to an organisation and its staff. We’ll then take you through an exercise to identify concepts that are important to us as an organisation. Your conclusions will be added to those from other staff workshops as part of the process to identify 3 or 4 core UC Values and the behaviours that are the Values translated into day-to-day actions.

Table group discussion

If you wish to participate in either of these sessions please email me  and indicate which date and time suits you. I will then send you an invitation with details. If you are unable to make these options but are interested in further sessions, let me know.

Please pass on this information to your colleagues. Thank you.

Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather

People and Culture

UC Values – staff co-creation workshops in October

Kia ora colleagues

A desire to co-create Organisational Values for UC came through strongly in the focus groups and other feedback mechanisms in the Strategy development process.

Two alternative times providing an opportunity for you to participate in this co-creation are available next month:

  • Friday 02 October 10.30 to 12 noon OR
  • Friday 09 October 1.30 to 3pm.

The sessions will include a short introduction to Organisational Values and the context and benefits of Values to an organisation and its staff. We’ll then take you through an exercise to identify concepts that are important to us as an organisation. Your conclusions will be added to those from other staff workshops as part of the process to identify 3 or 4 core UC Values and the behaviours that are the Values translated into day-to-day actions.

If you wish to participate in either of these sessions please email me  by  29 September. Indicate which date and time suits you and I will then send you an invitation with details. If you are unable to make these options but are interested in further sessions, let me know.

Please pass on this information to your colleagues. Thank you.

Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather

People and Culture