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Kick-starting your professional development

Published on Dec 2, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates , Professional Development

Kick-starting your professional development As the end of the year approaches and a new year is just around the corner, this is often a time for reflection.  In HE we continue to be primarily focused on the impact of Covid on our students and institutions.  We have been so focused on firefighting over the last […]

Professional Services – An Alternative to Benchmarking?

Published on Oct 13, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Professional Services – An Alternative to Benchmarking? Many of us will have pondered the question of what level of staffing is needed to carry out professional services tasks in our university. This may well have led to trying some form of benchmarking to determine how our university compares with others. Benchmarking can range from the […]
Steph O'Halloran AUA Consultant

Time for some quiet leadership?

Published on Sep 24, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Time for some quiet leadership? The people-management challenges facing university leaders and managers are enormous, from motivating and supporting teams who now work from home for at least some of the time, to dealing with the mental health challenges that the impact of Covid-19 has had on so many people (as explored in earlier AUA […]

HE Governance – challenges and opportunities

Published on Sep 3, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates , Governance

HE Governance – challenges and opportunities Reflecting on current and future challenges and opportunities for higher education governance, I’d like to share some thoughts on how the AUA governance consulting team might be able to help.  Our governance consulting team is made up of current and former university secretaries, senior governance professionals and members of […]

Inclusion Includes Discomfort

Published on Jun 14, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Inclusion Includes Discomfort Over the last year, projects I’ve been working on with universities and colleges include a focus on inclusive practice, inclusive curriculum and whole institution approaches to well-being. Although inclusive curriculum was an expectation included in the 2017 DfE publication, ‘Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education as a route to excellence ’ […]

Retrofitting dynamism

Published on May 18, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Retrofitting dynamism I feel fairly safe in making the generalisation that the pandemic has created a period of swift change for us all.  We have had to negotiate so much loss and illness in our families, friends and communities.  We have had to adapt overnight to new restrictions, new ways of working, what we are […]

Learning from AUA Consulting

Published on Apr 22, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Learning from AUA Consulting In 2019 AUA launched a consulting practice AUA Consulting as a new strand in our range of activities in the HE sector.  What have we learned as an association from this new initiative over the last two years?  How is AUA Consulting benefiting AUA, our members and the wider sector?  In […]

What are students ‘buying’ from universities?

Published on Mar 23, 2021 / No Comments

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What are students ‘buying’ from universities? I was talking to a friend who works for British Airways recently, and commiserating with him over the disruption that Covid caused to his industry and the stress he must have faced in his job.  ‘Actually’, he said, ‘you had it worse in HE because we had contingency plans. […]

Professional Services – Future-Fit?

Published on Mar 3, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Professional Services – Future-Fit? It’s now more than a year since the pandemic first hit the UK. It is hard to remember life and work in our institutions pre-COVID-19.  2021 will be potentially even more challenging for HE.  As Steve Smith highlighted in another AUA blog the rapid changes in methods of delivery and ways […]

Just a Minute…….Governance Practice in the New Normal

Published on Feb 16, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates , Governance

Just a Minute…….Governance Practice in the New Normal Being ever the optimist, I am making plans for returning to face to face meetings sooner rather than later and, in relation to committee administration, a few positives have emerged as a result of the global pandemic.  I am no longer overly worried about anyone requesting remote […]