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Supporting Professional Services colleagues

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We've launched a new initiative for Professional Services (PS) colleagues. DU Professional focuses on supporting PS colleagues in their personal and professional skills development, in exploring their own career development, as well as enabling colleagues to network, share best practice and learn from each other.

We spoke to Joanne Race, Director of Human Resources and Organisation Development to find out more.

Why has DU Professional been launched?

Our PS colleagues play an integral role in the success of the University. DU Professional strengthens our ongoing commitment to our PS community with a renewed focus on skills development, career development and enabling networking. Developing and supporting our PS colleagues is an important part of our University Strategy.

In developing the initiative, we build on strong foundations of the development of career pathways, an increase in career development roles, along with support for reward and recognition including our PS Inspiring the Extraordinary Awards.

We already have a range of opportunities available for our PS colleagues, including our extensive development programme. DU Professional builds on this. It will give us the chance to bring these opportunities together, to encourage colleagues across our PS community to further develop their personal and professional skills, connect with colleagues, and share best practice.

How can colleagues get involved?

DU Professional is open to all PS staff. We have some great events and activities planned, which start at the end of this month, and you can see the further details below. More information is also available on our DU Professional SharePoint site.

We’re also keen to hear from colleagues about their ideas for what else they would like to see from DU Professional going forward. This can be at events or through the DU Professional SharePoint site.

DU Professional events and activities

Demystifying Series

Starting this month these are short in-person sessions exploring less familiar areas of the University, such as the annual planning round, risk, strategic communications, university governance, research operations and information governance.

If colleagues are considering a potential career development move to a different area, or simply want to learn more about the University and take an opportunity to connect with colleagues, these sessions should be of interest.

Spotlight on Career Development roles

If you’re a line manager or recruiter, our Spotlight on Career Development roles session will explore how Career Development roles can support recruitment to teams, as well as colleagues in their career development.

Ways of Working Showcase

In March, a Ways of Working Showcase event, co-hosted with the Workload Project will provide a variety of hands-on sessions, practical tips and techniques about managing workload and supporting work/life balance. There will also be opportunities to hear and learn from colleagues about the approaches they have been taking, as well as how they work.

Coaching Showcase Event

In the Easter Term we’ll be offering a Coaching Showcase Event where experienced internal coaches and past coachees share their insights. If you’re interested in training as a coach, we’ll also give you guidance on how to apply.

Communities of Practice Spotlight Week

There’ll also be a Communities of Practice Spotlight Week in May. Communities of Practice give colleagues a chance to come together to collaborate, share knowledge, solve shared problems and develop practice or skills in a particular area. There will be a chance to learn tips and techniques for establishing a Community of Practice and to explore existing ones. 

Volunteering and Wellbeing

We’ll be hosting Volunteering and Wellbeing sessions to help colleagues across the PS community to come together and network. Sessions will give colleagues the opportunity to learn about wellbeing and volunteering more broadly, while also providing a specific activity to support PS colleagues to come together to meet and network.

Find out more about DU Professional and book events at the DU Professional SharePoint Hub.



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