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Wellbeing: Rhetoric or Reality?

Published on Jan 14, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Something’s been nagging at me through the holiday season. I’ve been pondering a theme in the corporate messaging that seemed to emerge in the final few weeks of the year, shared with me by a number of my coachees (from within and beyond the HE sector) and observed by others on a couple of social […]

Tips to combat WFH monotony

Published on Jan 13, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Updates , Work and Covid

Rebecca Mapp | Office Operations Manager | Worktribe______________________________ In this blog, Rebecca from Worktribe shares her own experience of the ups and down of the last nine months, and distills a couple of simple but useful tips from seasoned home-office workers in her team. When the first wave of news of the Covid-19 pandemic hit, […]

Friday Retro: clarity and focus in 30 minutes

Published on Dec 18, 2020 by Margaret L Ruwoldt & Sally Newton / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , Professional Development

Friday Retro facilitators Sally Newton and Margaret L Ruwoldt are international members of AUA, and serve on the Bass Regional Committee of ATEM, the Association for Tertiary Education Management. When everything is changing around you, every demand on your time and energy seems both urgent and important. Talking to friends and colleagues in March 2020, […]

Admissions in the headlines – again

Published on Dec 4, 2020 / 1 Comment

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Admissions in the headlines – again University admissions usually hits the headlines when something goes wrong, either individually or collectively at a university or national level. A case in point being the fiasco of August 2020, when universities made acceptance decision for home undergraduates on the basis of the grades provided by the examinations boards, […]

Perspectives article review – ‘Invisible imposter: identity in institutions’ – Katie Akerman (2020)

Published on Dec 1, 2020 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , Perspectives , Publications

Perspectives: Policy and practice in higher education is the AUA’s monthly journal which provides higher education managers and administrators with innovative material which analyses and informs their practice of management. The Perspectives journal is published four times a year, and is available to AUA members in both hard copy and online. Members can access the full […]

Business Continuity planning redefined – will you be resilient in the next crisis?

Published on Nov 25, 2020 / 1 Comment

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Business Continuity planning redefined – will you be resilient in the next crisis? When the first wave of COVID-19 hit you probably did have ‘pandemic’ somewhere on your business continuity plan. You may well have reached for that plan – or perhaps your hastily established crisis management team just got on with it. Sadly, the […]

Global Perspectives for a Hopeful Future

Published on Nov 11, 2020 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Global Perspectives for a Hopeful Future I suppose that every British university, and most of those in other countries, says something like: ‘We help our students and staff develop as global citizens’.  If universities fail to do this, and fail to recognise an obligation to do so, there must be something wrong! At a time […]

Honest Leadership

Published on Oct 29, 2020 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , Future HE Professionals

Honest Leadership Emma Wilkins, Executive Search Consultant, Dixon Walter When we think about what we want from higher education professionals, as the AUA has been doing, for me one of the most significant requirements is for strong and effective leadership. I feel that as a sector we have historically placed high value on subject knowledge, functional […]

Professional Services – ready for new operating models?

Published on Oct 15, 2020 / 2 Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates , Work and Covid

Professional Services – ready for new operating models? The academic year just starting will be extremely challenging for all HE institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has required changes in methods of delivery and operation as well as putting significant financial pressure on the sector. In this context many institutions will be reviewing their strategies and plans […]

Strategic Enrolment Management

Published on Jul 28, 2020 by Mary Hughes / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

The HE sector, like the country, is frustrated, frightened and gasping for breath. With reluctance, the sector engaged with the marketization of HE forced upon it by successive governments: marketing departments were established, strategies written and budgets allocated.  Reacting to the market when the unexpected happens is part of the strategy, but when the fundamental […]