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Managing Self and Personal Skills

Published on Mar 26, 2020 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Updates , CPD Framework , PgCert , Professional Development

Managing Self and Personal Skills Managing self and personal skills is a behaviour that is about taking control of and responsibility for your own professional development. In many ways, all of the activities offered by the AUA relate to this behaviour, as they all give you the chance to develop yourself outside of the opportunities […]

AUA Study Tour: Japan

Published on Mar 24, 2020 by Liz Turner | Chiara Singh | Oliver Cooper | Laura Johnson | Chris Cooper / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Updates , Study Tours

Liz Turner | Chiara Singh | Oliver Cooper | Laura Johnson | Chris Cooper Introduction Japan also known as Nihon or ‘the land of the rising sun’, is an inspiring country with a legendary work ethic and a very different Higher Education Sector. From the beautiful art of becoming a geisha to the ancient Shinto […]

Day two | Navigating the new normal

Published on Mar 20, 2020 by Jane Reid / No Comments

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Day two | Navigating the new normal Jane Reid | Teaching and Learning Manager (PgCert) | The AUA In my current job, I rarely work from home despite my role working on a blended learning programme being quite suited to it. I enjoy working in an open plan office, I enjoy the variety of our […]

March Member Spotlight – Merrill Jones

Published on Mar 16, 2020 / No Comments

Category: AUA Updates , Member Spotlight

The March member spotlight is on Merrill Jones, AUA Advocate for the University of Sussex. Why do you do it? I joined the AUA at the suggestion of my line manager as I was considering my onward professional development. She recommended the AUA as an opportunity to network with like-minded professional administrators and to understand […]

Lucidity Solutions – Exhibitor Blog

Published on Mar 12, 2020 / No Comments

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If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading university strategic plans, you might have been tempted to hang your head in despair! They often sound very similar, have too many – or too few – ways to evaluate progress, and are divorced from what really happens in the institution. In response, we’ve developed an approach […]

Working together

Published on Mar 12, 2020 / No Comments

Category: AUA Updates , CPD Framework , PgCert , Professional Development

Working together The behaviour ‘working together’ is all about the skills we use when we work with colleagues to achieve shared objectives. We all work collaboratively within our daily jobs but the AUA also offers many exciting and interesting ways to develop this behaviour that go beyond routine team meetings and group projects. One very […]

Insights into geographical inequalities in higher education participation

Published on Mar 11, 2020 / No Comments

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Insights into geographical inequalities in higher education participation | AUA Blog Geographical variations in rates of higher education [HE] participation have long been recognised. In 1997, the Dearing Report referenced research by the Higher Education Funding Council for England which showed that ‘the probability of a young person entering a higher education institution is strongly […]

The fourth North Wales and North West Regional Conference: Achieving success | AUA Blog

Published on Mar 10, 2020 by Simon Vaukins / No Comments

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The fourth North Wales and North West Regional Conference: Achieving success At 10:30am on Friday January 17th, 2020 at Edge Hill University, over 100 Professional Services Staff from across North Wales and the North West were captivated for one hour by Andy Grant, ex-Royal Marine turned motivational speaker and fastest single leg amputee in the […]

Admit it, you don’t know what you’re doing | AUA Quick Reads

Published on Mar 9, 2020 by Gillian Davis & / No Comments

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Admit it, you don’t know what you’re doing Gillian Davis | Assistant Director (Timetabling and Examinations) | University of Birmingham “Let’s ADKAR it!” I have been in no doubt, on more than one occasion, that I have strayed into a foreign land.  I’m (usually) no fool and have managed all sorts of projects across my […]

University Challenge? | AUA Quick Reads

Published on Mar 9, 2020 by Joanne Caldwell / No Comments

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University Challenge? Is our professional identity affected when working with academic colleagues? Joanne Caldwell | CDT Manager | University of Salford How many times can you say “I am just an administrator” when asked what you do at the university you work at? It is this question amongst others that promoted my research into how […]