Mindfulness in a busy working life

Have you ever arrived at a destination without remembering any of the journey that brought you there? Or found that you have polished off that entire big bag of crisps without meaning to? Or found out later that you managed … Read More »

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Using Reflective Writing in your Work

Many of you will likely have come across the phrase “reflective writing”, probably in connection to continuous professional development (CPD) or improving professional practice. So what exactly is it, and why might it be useful to us when we think … Read More »

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Research highlights benefit of flexible working

  In a report published in 2013, The Sleep Council reported that the number of Britons getting less than the NHS recommended 6 to 9 hours sleep per night had risen dramatically to 40% of the population (the figure was … Read More »

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Writing effective minutes

Writing minutes seems to be a task that strikes fear into many administrative staff. Do you worry that you won’t be able to concentrate for the length of the meeting, that you will miss or misunderstand important decisions, or that … Read More »

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Writing effective agendas

We have all been in meetings that have over-run, gone off-topic or seemed to achieve nothing at the end of a lot of discussion. Ineffective committees discourage attendance and those who do come often feel like their time has been … Read More »

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Top Twitter Feeds For University Support Staff

Twitter is a great resource for sharing information quickly and succinctly – but who other than your own university should you follow to get helpful, interesting and relevant updates? Below I suggest a few useful (and entertaining) accounts for university … Read More »

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Supporting research students – part 2

I recently wrote a post considering how professional support staff can support the postgraduate research students in their university. In it, I took a bit of a look at how research students differ from taught students, and why we need … Read More »

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