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HE Shared Legal Information Seminar 20 March 2014

HE Shared Legal is holding a Seminar on 20 March 2014 to promote the HE Shared Legal service to prospective subscriber institutions across the UK.
Participants in the first NEUPC CIPS induction (pic credit: NEUPC)

How can we tackle procurement skills shortages in higher education?

The higher education sector is facing difficulties in finding and recruiting procurement professionals with the right skills. NEUPC’s CEO Frank Rowell talks about how the consortium is addressing the issue.

The eight wastes in higher education

Every workplace has ways in which they could improve their practices and higher education is no different. This infographic captures how problems like overprocessing, reworking and waiting affect staff, students and academic alike.

Don’t wait for Godot, start fixing things now

Inspired by the absurdist Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot, the University of Sheffield's Rachel McAssey issues a call to arms in her blog; instead of waiting for big change to happen, get some problem solving skills and start making small improvements.

Managing university performance: is there a better way?

Treating professionals as stewards of their disciplines and setting clear goals can both contribute to effective performance.

How you can engage people to evidence the benefits of business improvement projects

Following the launch of last year's guide to evidencing business improvement, the University of Strathclyde's business improvement team are now testing out a business exploration map tool. Nicola Cairns' blog explores how people can be engaged to ensure that the potential benefits that they have identified fully demonstrate the impact of their project.
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Taking a high level view at the University of Cumbria

Janet Whitworth talks about adjusting to her new role as chief operating officer at the University of Cumbria with the requirement for good diary management - and a pair of wellies.
Cover image from the Participative Process Review Toolkit by Oxford Brookes University

How Participative Process Reviews can nurture conversations and deliver efficiencies

After taking part in workshops run by the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, teams in Oxford Brookes University have changed their practices to make them less complicated, more streamlined and more cost effective. As part of a series of posts by the nine ITF-funded projects, Ian Whiting explains the aims of the Participative Process Review programme.
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Employee engagement toolkit for higher education

UCEA and UHR have worked in partnership to develop a toolkit on employee engagement specifically for the HE sector. The project was jointly funded by...

Fitter for the future

Think human resource efficiency is all about redundancies? Think again. In this post, UCEA's Laurence Hopkins explores a range of ways in which Higher Education institutions are increasing organisational efficiency and effectiveness through their human resources policies.