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

Lidija Jones, Learning and Development Facilitator, University for the Creative Arts

I work at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as a Learning & Development Facilitator. I have over 13 years’ experience of working in L&D field within the public sector. I started my career with Surrey Police and then moved to NHS before starting at UCA where I have been in my current role for 7 years. I have a varied portfolio in facilitating development of leadership and management skills, development and coaching of teams and individuals to unlock their potential and I work at a Leadership level to ensure delivery of organisational vision and strategy.

I strongly believe that work should be fun and full of laughter. I love working with the organisation, teams and individuals to create space, opportunities and curiosity in their development journey. I thrive on building relationship within the whole organisation for business success. I wholeheartedly believe that organisational success is dependent on its people and that with the right development, coaching and support everyone can succeed, perform at their best and have fun.

I am currently focusing on implementing an online performance management platform, reviewing our onboarding programme, developing a leadership programme for our Heads of School as well as embarking on a project to introduce a coaching culture within UCA.

I am a qualified coach and ultimately my passion lies within coaching both individuals and teams.

I have been part of the SDF network for the last 7 years and have found that the supportive and collaborative environment of like-minded people who were experiencing similar challenges within Staff Development in HE has made a great difference to me in my role.

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