North Wales and North West Regional Conference 2020

Creative Edge Building, Edge Hill University

Friday 17 January 2020

09:30 to 16:30

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Friday, 17 January 2020 | 09:30 to 16:30 | Creative Edge Building, Edge Hill University

North Wales and North West AUA Members: Free

We’d like to invite you to the fourth North Wales and North West Regional Conference, to be held at Edge Hill University on Friday 17 January 2020. The conference has become an established part what the network offers to its members and in 2020, we’ll be focusing on the theme of ‘Achieving Success’.

For the first time we’ve invited a motivational speaker to open the day and this will be complemented by a range of workshops delivered by our region’s members. The full programme will follow shortly.

Bookings for this event will initially be prioritised for North Wales and North West AUA members. If places remain, we will open bookings at a later date to all AUA members and non-members will be able to book on at a fee of £75.

Speakers

Andy Grant, 31, is a former Royal Marine Commando and author of You’ll Never Walk. After an IED explosion in Afghanistan, which led to the amputation of his right leg 18 months later, he refused to succumb to the severity of his injuries and reinvented himself as an athlete and motivational speaker. Andy has competed in the Invictus Games, climbed the highest mountain in South America and is currently the fastest man in the world to run 10k with one leg, with a time of 37:17 seconds. He will explain that life will put you in all kinds of challenging situations, but it need not determine you as a person – it’s how you react to these challenges.

Morning workshop choices

Town & Gown Collaboration: Using the AUA Framework to create impact in wider society – Ellie Appleton and Pamela Forster, Lancaster University

This session aims to help delegates develop an understanding of how their skills and behaviours can have a positive impact on wider society through ‘town and gown’ collaborations and encourages them to explore similar voluntary opportunities in their own regions.

 

AUA Building Behaviours – Kate Burrell, Edge Hill University and Simon Vaukins, Lancaster University

Using the concept of the game traditionally known as Jenga, this workshop will encourage individuals to share reflective work-related experiences aligned to the nine Professional Behaviours within the AUA CPD Framework.

 

Introduction to coaching skills – Hannah White, University of Manchester

This interactive session will introduce you to the basics of coaching and provide the opportunity for some hands-on practise in core coaching skills; active listening, asking open questions and the fundamentals of the GROW model of coaching. By the end of the session delegates will: • Have a basic understanding of the principles of the GROW model of coaching • Understand the barriers to active listening and open questioning • Develop their practical coaching skills through practical exercises

 

University Challenge? Is our professional identity affected when working with academic colleagues? – Joanne Caldwell, University of Salford

We have all heard the stereotypical view that professional services and academics cannot work together and have a fractious relationship but how true is this in the current climate? The session will begin with a short presentation about my current research on the relationships between administrators and academics and then move to discussion and interactive work about participants experiences and conclude with ways in which we can develop our professional identity and improve fractious relations.

 

Everything you wanted to know about Action Learning Sets but were too afraid to ask – Bruce McGowen – Assistant Director, Associate Lecturer Change Programmes at the Open University.

There can be no learning without action, and no action without learning. Reg Revan Action Learning Sets are a way for individuals to work with their peers to help them solve problems in real time. In this practical and experiential workshop you will learn what Action Learning Sets are, what they can do, and how they can be a powerful and successful learning tool. You will have a chance to experience a shortened Action Learning Set Cycle for yourselves with a group of peers. Please bring along with you a work problem for discussion.

Afternoon workshop choices

Poka Yoke – Michael Monaghan, Liverpool John Moores University

This session will introduce participants to the Lean continuous improvement tool Poka Yoke (mistake proofing). Through activities and discussion participants will learn how to use and develop different types of work-related Poka Yoke, helping them to become more efficient in their roles, practices and processes.

 

Developing your coaching skills – Hannah White, University of Manchester

We will expand past basic coaching methodology (e.g. GROW) into related concepts. This will be a very active workshop, and the majority of time will be based on activities or discussions. We will practise techniques for establishing relationships, establishing clear expectations and improving commitment to plans from others. By the end of the session delegates will be able to… • Use techniques to help create effective meetings and conversations • Create realistic goals and appropriate flexible plans • Consider how techniques can be tailored to respond to different personalities and situations

 

The LEAN Registry –stronger, sustainable, successful? – Kate Moss and Hannah Lowry – University of Central Lancashire

This session developed for people who work with or “own” processes provides knowledge and understanding of the 5 principles of lean through the exploration of some of the most relevant tools and techniques for HE.

 

Leadership – how nurturing a culture of skills development can improve operational effectiveness – Frances Scattergood and Michael Bennett, Edge Hill University

The session will explore how professional staff can take ownership of their personal development, leading to improvements across the organisation. Staff are often best placed to spot ways to improve the service they offer, and to identify new skills or training that will enable them to implement these changes.

Alongside consideration of the AUA model of professional behaviours a series of case studies will look at how we have developed this culture at Edge Hill University. There will also be a chance to reflect and share personal experience of leadership and to inspire attendees to look for personal development opportunities.

 

AUA Building Behaviours – Kate Burrell, Edge Hill University and Simon Vaukins, Lancaster University

Using the concept of the game traditionally known as Jenga, this workshop will encourage individuals to share reflective work-related experiences aligned to the nine Professional Behaviours within the AUA CPD Framework.