Tag Archives: administration

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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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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Qualities in support staff

In the last two weeks, I have moved teams within the office in which I work. I was working on Programmes; now I have moved to Collaborative and International. The change is a challenge, in that I have not really … Read More »

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Higher Education Admin Support

As a new blogger for jobs.ac.uk, I have spent some time considering what my first post should talk about. The conclusion I have come to is that there are many positives to a career in Higher Education, and that it … Read More »

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Working with Consultants

I know many people, particularly in the public sector, are wary of engaging consultants.  They see them as outsiders who charge exhorbitant fees and who don’t “understand” the organisation; they tend to deliver lengthy reports, based on superficial research, which call for change … Read More »

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