Category Archives: Higher Education

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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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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Supporting research students as an administrator

If you are working in a University support role, you will be aware that there are many different types of student on many different courses of varying length, level and qualification. The majority of these students are doing a taught … Read More »

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Preparing Yourself To Apply For A Promotion

If it’s time to move up in the world, you need to get yourself ready to go for it. Arm yourself with information about the promotions process for a start—make sure you know about any internal deadlines, and be ready … Read More »

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Keeping Your Energy Levels High During Busy Work Periods

There are certain times in the academic work year when staff often find themselves so hard-pressed that it can take a serious toll. The end of the admissions period and Clearing, crucial marking and reporting deadlines, and the Open Day … Read More »

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Support Staff Role In HE

Long time, no blog… Long time, no work! I haven’t blogged for jobs.ac.uk for some time.  For that, please accept my apologies.  I was involved in a serious motorbike accident in July 2013, and the recovery has been long.  Whilst … Read More »

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How far Is Too Far In An Interview?

I’ve probably chaired or participated in nearly 50 interviews since my employment at the University of Westminster. I’ve done all right and I’m proud of the team I have created and the staff who have been recruited by me. I also … Read More »

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