London and South East Joint Regional Staff Development Network held a full day event on 23rd January at Regent’s University London. This was a stimulating day, in which staff developers engaged in a series of participative and interactive sessions. The day also facilitated networking and collaborative thinking through action learning sets for staff developers to work together and think through current work issues.

The next South East SDF meeting will be scheduled for May / June 2017

Notes from previous meeting

Professor Bob Thackwray really got us thinking outside of our own institutions and focusing on the BIGGER strategic picture for HEI’s, particularly our competition and private providers poaching our students. What will L&D look like in ten years?

Kath Abiker provided a fantastic presentation and shared the work that Canterbury Christ Church have been doing on their ‘Culture, Leadership and Management’ project.

We did of course have the traditional round robin which never fails to remind us all that we are not alone in the world of Learning and Development and generates nods of agreement and recognition.
This provided an opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with like minded others.

Dr Colleen Harding, Bournemouth University, shared feedback from a doctoral study to explore the role of coaching and mentoring in supporting the alignment of academic staff and organisational strategy.

Rebecca Nestor provided an update from the Leadership Foundation and there was also an opportunity for networking with wine and soft drinks, kindly hosted by the London SDF.
Many thanks to Colleen Harding and to Parul Modha for organising, sourcing a venue and hosting.

The South East group are currently looking at scheduling our next meeting.
A few suggestions for future meetings are:
– Sharing of Good Practice
– Collaboration with bordering regional groups
– Co-Coaching and/or Mentoring
– Opening up programmes and workshops across institutions
– Our Continued Professional Development


Zoe Irvine, Management and Staff Development Adviser, University of Portsmouth

Staff Development Forum: Regional Chair of the South East Group

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