Find out what’s new at your regional network

by Rossana Espinoza 0

The SDF council meeting took place in September and as part of this meeting each region was given the opportunity to share the activity that’s been taking place in their region. 

Take a look below to find out what’s new in your region and when your next regional meeting will take place. 

 

Midlands Staff Development Partnership

What was covered at the last regional network meeting?

Midlands Staff Development Partnerships last regional meeting was in March with a focus of supporting change within our Universities. There were updates on University of Northampton’s move to blended learning, and a new learning model, Wolverhampton’s new website presence to support staff and Lincoln’s BAME leadership programme to name a few. 

When is the next meeting?

Wednesday 2nd December – Planned for University of Birmingham (however its more probable this will be moved to Zoom). Keep up to date with all meetings through the MSDP regional calendar.

Other updates: 

If you’re a new SDF member joining a Midland’s University you’re welcome to join their JISC mailing list

Further updates for the MSDP can be found on their SDF page. 

 

North East & Yorkshire Staff Development Partnership

What was covered at the last regional network meeting?

NEYSDP last meeting, held in June, was their first ever virtual meeting. 20 colleagues attended, with 12 Universities from the region represented. The session focussed on sharing examples of how we had transitioned development/were supporting colleagues following the move to remote working since March. The session involved 3 cases studies – all of which can be found HERE, alongside the recording of the session – followed by a Q+A/discussion.

When is the next meeting?

Wednesday 14th October – Online meeting. As June’s approach proved very popular October’s meeting will echo this approach. This time, with a focus on lessons learned from virtual delivery through sharing case studies and Q&A’s. 

Other updates: 

NEYSDP have run a regional cross institutional action learning set programme for women for the past 4 years – very similar and initially inspired by the North West programme. The 2019/20 had to be completed virtually (28 participants from 8 of our regions Universities). For now, discussions are ongoing as to if/when/how another programme may run and who will be involved, given the current/ongoing circumstances. 

Further updates for the NEYSDP can be found on their SDF page

 

North West Staff Developers Group

What was covered at the last regional network meeting?

The last meeting took place online which was well attended. The focus was on sharing experience and case studies about the transition to online learning during COVID-19. 

Other updates: 

Further updates from the NWSDG can be found on their SDF page

 

Staff Developers Network 

What was covered at the last regional network meeting?

The last meeting took place in July online, which as other regions have also found was well attended. The focus of the meeting was on learning and sharing experiences. 

Other updates: 

Further updates from the SDN can be found on their SDF page

 

South Wales & South West of England Staff Development Group

When is the next meeting?

There will be a collaboration with the South West Employee Engagement Network to run a joint event to which our SDF region and the SWEEN members will be invited. This is likely to take place late October/November and will include an external speaker who will talk about “more compassionate and meaningful ways to lead and engage in difficult people matters”.

Other updates: 

Kathryn Miller at Bristol has launched an ambitious programme for BAME Leaders called “Elevate” that is open to the GW4 (the four Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff) network.  As well exploring topics relevant to BAME leaders in HE the aim will be to develop support across the region though, among other activities, action/peer learning and mentoring.

Further updates from the SDN can be found on their SDF page.