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Seeing the big picture: attending an AUA conference

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Author: Alison Ryan, Faculty Coordinator - Faculty of Engineering and Design

On Friday 3 February I attended the AUA South Wales and South West Conference 2017 in Cardiff. Having never attended an AUA conference before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was really looking forward to finding out.

Chance to network

After an early start and a train journey followed by a bracing walk from Cardiff Central Station, we arrived at the Park Plaza hotel in good time for a much needed coffee and a pastry, or two! There was a good turn out from Bath as well as attendees from the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Gloucestershire to name a few. This was a great opportunity to meet people from other universities.

The big picture

Our very own Angela Pater, also the AUA Regional Network Coordinator, opened the conference with a warm welcome and introduced the first speakers, Victoria Holbrook from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Lisa Newberry from Universities Wales.

Victoria and Lisa discussed the future HE landscape, providing external perspectives of upcoming major changes and opportunities. Victoria explained that HEFCE would be replaced by the Office for Students (OfS) in 2018 and the OfS would also have a new focus as the single market regulator for HE. The opening talks were really informative and I particularly enjoyed learning more about the big picture of HE.

Doing the privilege walk

There were a range of workshops to choose from and for the morning session, I picked ‘Ensuring Inclusive Education’ run by Fflur Elin, the NUS Wales President. This thought-provoking workshop gave us a different perspective of how social situations and conventions could affect students in a variety of ways.

Fflur was a brilliant facilitator and had us up on our feet participating in the ‘privilege walk’, which was an activity designed to visually show how students could either benefit from, or be held back by, certain characteristics or situations (such as their gender or needing to work part time). We were each given a list of different characteristics and stood next to each other in a long line. We then took steps forwards or backwards, depending on the persona we had been given.

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Fflur Elin, NUS Wales President.

Inspirational speakers

There were many inspiring speakers and although I can’t talk about them all here, I will briefly mention one. In the afternoon, Steve Egan did Bath proud and delivered a very engaging talk about his journey to his current role at Bath, Vice-President (Implementation). Steve’s talk was very well received and included many amusing but also inspiring anecdotes about his career so far.

So when’s the next one?

I really enjoyed the day; it was an interesting and valuable experience and I would definitely like to attend future conferences. It was a great opportunity to gain a broader understanding of HE, listen to a variety of talks and to meet other people working in the sector. If you get the chance to attend an AUA conference or event, sign up now!

 

My Fellowship of the AUA – a reflection

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Author: Iain Forster-Smith, Director of Administration, Faculty of Engineering & Design

As a member of the professional services team your main focus is always those you need to support.  Ensuring you do your upmost to provide everyone with what they need, from the staff you manage to colleagues and students both internal and external.

Finding time to reflect on your own professional development and achievements can sometimes be left on the back burner for another day. One day my boss, Gary Hawley (Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Design), told me to have a reflective day and spend a bit of time on things I needed to do.

So I did, I reopened the work I had started well over a year ago on the AUA Members site to finally submit my Fellowship application. The members site has a fantastic tool that enables you to easily capture all your personal development activity as well providing you with tools to support your own personal development plan.

For me applying for this Fellowship cements a number of key areas. My dedication to the Higher Education sector, there are many other types of fellowships I could have applied for, the AUA Fellowship signifies my work within the sector and has an amazing personal achievement for me. I believe firmly that your own and team development is vital to keeping ahead of the game and ensures we are all preparing for the future. Being a Fellow of the AUA, recognises that I have developed my own skills and knowledge, as well as showing that I have worked with others on their own personal development, and I have positively been able to influence others.

The process may seem an effort at first glance, but to be honest the effort is very little compared to the satisfaction you gain when successful in your application.

 

 

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My tips to anyone who is considering applying to become either an Accredited Member of Fellow of the AUA would be to, keep up to date your personal development record on the AUA, reflect positively on your achievements and use the AUA CPD Framework to help you focus on what is needed. Everyone should have a critical friend who can read through your statement and provide you useful insight on your achievements. Finally, think wisely about your references, the people chosen must know how you commit yourself to both your own development and supporting the development others (depending on your role). Don’t put it off, with the Christmas break ahead it’s a perfect time to begin reflecting – so get cracking.
If you are interested in knowing more I will be setting up an interactive workshop in early 2017 for members to come along and start working through advancing their membership – so watch this space!

 

It's Official! Academic Professional Services receive the Mark of Excellence!

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Congratulations to our Academic Professional Services (the Faculties of Engineering & Design, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science and the School of Management) who were successful in securing the AUA Mark of Excellence. Iain Forster-Smith, Ann-Marie Hartland and Amanda Harper were formally presented with the award by Professor Madeline Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, at an awards ceremony held on 1st December 2016 at The Royal Society in London and represent the second institution nationally (the first in the south) to receive such recognition. Iain and Ann-Marie also delivered a working session at the AUA Development Conference which preceded the ceremony, outlining how the Faculties/School have embedded the framework and sharing good practice.

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Launched at the Association of University Administrators’ 2016 Annual Conference, the AUA Mark of Excellence is a new award for HE institutions that recognises a demonstrated commitment to working with and embedding the AUA CPD Framework https://aua.ac.uk/develop/cpd-framework/ and Statement of Values into the provision of organisational development. One area of exceptional practice highlighted by the assessor for the Academic Professional Services Mark of Excellence award was the high level of staff engagement through the use of the SPDR+ and the high quality developmental conversations that this has brought about, as well as the drive and ambition to embed the framework further.

Diane Aderyn, Director of Finance and Commercial Services at the University of Bath and one of the sponsors of the project commented: The University of Bath ‘Effective Behaviours Framework’ has been enthusiastically embraced in the Academic Professional Services. I am delighted that the impact of this work has been recognised in the award of the Mark of Excellence; really effective performance by professional services is vital to the success and development of the University and this award will provide additional impetus to our plans to relaunch the Framework across the wider University.

On receiving the award, Iain, Ann-Marie and Amanda said ‘In our roles we work extremely hard to support and develop our team members and are therefore extremely proud to have received this award. We feel that the Mark of Excellence not only recognises our commitment to the AUA Values and CPD Framework but cements how proud we are of the work achieved and the dedication and engagement of our staff, as well as enabling us to share our good practice with others.’

 

Congratulations to Iain Forster-Smith!

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Proud to announce that our AUA Advocate extraordinaire Iain Forster-Smith received his fellowship of the AUA on Thursday 1st December! You can now view his profile on the newly branded AUA website: https://aua.ac.uk/2016/12/05/member-profile-iain-forster-smith/  Congratulations Iain and thanks for all of your encouragement and enthusiasm for all things AUA.  Further information about achieving fellowship status can be found here: https://aua.ac.uk/develop/accreditation/fellowship/ but Iain will no doubt be blogging about his experience shortly.......

Sign up to the AUA talks for 2016/17

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Colleagues across the University -AUA members AND non-members alike- are warmly invited to attend all AUA talks this year

AUA Bath members have identified three themes for this coming year, our sessions will cover:

• Sector issues
• University priorities
• Career progression

A list of sessions booked so far are below with sign up details to attend:

23 November 2016: CMA and Immigration – Mr Mark Humphriss (University Secretary)
http://www.bath.ac.uk/whats-on/getevent.php?currDay=23&currMonth=11&currYear=2016

29 November 2016: Students’ Union Top Ten – Miss Amy Young (Representation & Engagement Manager) & Miss Lucy Woodcock (SU President)
http://www.bath.ac.uk/whats-on/getevent.php?currDay=29&currMonth=11&currYear=2016

5 December 2016: The Centre for Learning and Teaching – Professor Andrew Heath (Academic Director)
http://www.bath.ac.uk/whats-on/getevent.php?currDay=5&currMonth=12&currYear=2016

11 January 2017: Strategy & planning - Professor Bernie Morley (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost)
http://www.bath.ac.uk/whats-on/getevent.php?currDay=11&currMonth=1&currYear=2017

Please sign up, come along and engage with the future.

Further details on the AUA and local activity here at Bath (including our new membership deal) can be found by clicking on the following links:

http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/aua/

http://www.aua.ac.uk/

Or follow us on Twitter: @AUA_Bath OR #AUABath

 

Bath AUA Membership deal - why you should sign up

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The AUA is committed to helping you succeed in your career. Our Bath Membership Scheme supports your career by recognising that you are dedicated to improving yourself and others.

Top 5 reasons to join the AUA:

....through Branch activities at Bath - learn more about this University

....getting to know colleagues at Bath from other departments

....attending national events is great way to keep in touch with professionals like you

....supporting your development, providing you with a wealth of tools and resources

....solving problems, keeping informed and networking

What you get if you join the AUA and who is it for:

AUA exists for our members. We offer support to help you enhance your career, boost your job prospects and create valuable networking opportunities. AUA membership empowers you to take control of developing your career whatever stage it is at.

Bath Membership Scheme:

The University supports the AUA and has purchased the bulk membership opportunity from the AUA, allowing you to sign up through the Branch Advocate for a discounted membership paid for by salary deduction.

Through the Bath scheme all members of staff who wish to join the AUA are entitled to the membership at the discounted costs below:

Subscription type:
Monthly Salary Deduction -  £5.07
Single annual payment - £60.80

Membership not through this scheme costs up to £10.80 per month/£143 annual payment

If you wish to join email your local Branch Advocate for further details  -  aua@bath.ac.uk