#SDFConf2019: Building Bridges for Emerging Futures – DAY 1

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SDF Conference 2019

Building Bridges for Emerging Futures

Date: 21st and 22nd  November 2019

Venue: Hilton,  Newcastle


‘Northern legacy. The past is not just Kings and Queens, it’s those like me and you’.(Ian McMillan)

Follow the Angel of the North to this year’s SDF Conference in Newcastle. Surrounded by the beautiful coast line and the monumental bridges, Gormley’s sculpture reminds us to recognise the legacy that we, as staff developers, are leaving behind, to grasp the transition from an information age to an age of uncertainty and evolving challenges, and to serve as focus for our evolving fears and hopes.

Inspired by Northern poets, this is the time to celebrate, explore, connect and build. We invite you join us on this vibrant city in the north east, to embrace the strong winds of the north in the warmth of your remarkable network of professionals, giving you an opportunity to develop your own practice to the next level. Come and join us to explore together the power of being human when facing emerging futures.

This year’s SDF Conference will focus on five key themes:

  • Building connectivity: Build human connectivity in times of continuous emerging technologies to help us surface from isolated silos;
  • Rise of the humans: Embrace the rise of the humans and how we can develop ourselves and others further with play, storytelling and active learning;
  • Learning playground: Explore tools, techniques and approaches in the safe environment of Staff Development Forum’s learning playground;
  • Future scanning: Connect with other professionals to collate, make sense and take decisions from data and horizon scanning;
  • Celebrate collegiality: Celebrate the value of what staff developers and colleagues outside the sector do well to develop others.

Essential conference information

Conference Programme

List of Delegates

Biographies of Speakers

Workshops Sign up Sheet

Conference Dinner Menu

Newcastle Pocketguide

DAY ONE – Thursday 21st November 2019

09:30 – 10:15 Foyer Arrival, refreshments and registration
10:15 – 10:30 (Gateshead Suite) Welcome from the SDF

10:30 – 11:15 (Gateshead Suite) Keynote 1 – Professor Chris Day, Vice Chancellor & President University of Newcastle – View from the Bridge: developing and implementing a strategy for success

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11:15 – 11:45 Foyer Refreshments, and Exhibits

11.45 – 12:45 Workshop 1 (Gateshead Suite) – Reaching outside the silos – using people analytics to aid collaboration. Jo Keeler, Managing Partner, Belbin

We know that “Employees who can reach outside their silos to find complementary expertise learn more, sell more and gain skills faster” – HBR
This workshop will look at how you can use people analytics to facilitate this collaboration – using our understanding of human behaviour to help break down barriers and build connectivity. We will be using real data – your data, as part of this interactive workshop.

11.45 – 12:45 Workshop 2 (Workshop 1)  – Playing the Change game. Craig Smith, BigPicture Learning Limited

How do you generate and maintain a positive dialogue about the changes going on in your organisation at the moment? Craig Smith from BigPicture Learning will show you how to use dialogue and gamification to connect your people to your organisation’s change narrative. This fun and interactive workshop will involve playing ‘The Change Game’ board game in small teams and thus exploring the mindsets required to build your employees’ change resilience.”

11.45 – 12:45 Workshop 3 (Worshop 2) – The positive approach: helping to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Lizz Jones, Tallant Jones Ltd

Experience this taster of The Positive Approach: a programme focussing on how to lead happier and rewarding lives. We’re all hard-wired with 40% of happiness coded into our genes. The Positive Approach programme concentrates on the remaining 60%, and helps you to answer the question: how can I be happier?

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11.45 – 12:45 Workshop 4 (Hillgate) – The hopes and aspirations of Generation Z: what are the implications for staff developers? Paul Gentle, Academic Director; Louise Clifton, Director of Marketing, Communications and Operations, Invisible Grail

What are the skills and insights that people working in higher education will need to connect with, and understand, current and future generations of students? Bringing together 3 viewpoints from a student, Organisational Developer and the Invisible Grail team, we’ll consider designs for learning and development which will help staff developers prepare their workforces for the needs and hopes of Generation Z.

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:30 (Gateshead Suite) Keynote 2:  Making Things Happen Your Way – With a Winning Mindset– Jenny Garrett, an Award Winning Coach, Speaker and Trainer with over 12 years’ experience of running a Global Business. She is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs – City of London and was listed in Brummell Magazines Top 30 City Innovators 2016. 

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14:30 – 15:00 (Gateshead Suite) SDF Executives update

15:00 – 15:30 Refreshments, and Exhibits

15:30 – 15:45 Move to workshops

15:45 – 16:30 Workshop 5 (Workshop 1) – Technician Commitment: Working with the NTDC to help achieve your Technician Commitment pledges, Sara Bacon, Manager, NTDC; Chris Turgoose, Centre Manager, NTDC

The NTDC Toolkit is being used by HEIs to support their Technician Commitment. We will share case-studies on the process and outcomes of using the Toolkit to support delivery of Technician Commitment pledges and show how this is enhanced through partnerships working between OD/SD staff and the technical community.

15:45 – 16:30 Workshop 6 (Gateshead Suite) – Playful & active learning: An approach to group dynamics in team coaching, Alys Kay, Faculty of Science and Engineering; Dee-Ann Johnson, University of Manchester; Dr Rachel Cowen, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health; Dr Gemma Muckle, Faculty of Science and Engineering; Stefanie Edler-Wollstein, University of Manchester

In 2018 the University of Manchester launched a unique team coaching pilot, equipping 5 internal coaches to coach multiple teams. Based on our experiences during the team coaching pilot and drawing on team coaching literature, this workshop will allow you to explore creative techniques that are specific to team coaching, to help teams understand team behaviours, collective emotional intelligence, team dynamics and culture issues.

15:45 – 16:30 Workshop 7 (Hillgate) – Kaleidoscope of Induction, Laurna Macaulay, Edinburgh Napier University/People Services; Sarah Carty, University of Roehampton/Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit

Induction for HE – ensuring new staff joining the University feel welcomed, supported and clearly understand what they need to complete during their induction. Different perspectives from three Universities, in how to make inductions welcoming, supportive, informative and inclusive in a fun and engaging way. Kirsty Dixon, University of York/People & Organisational Development

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15:45 – 16:30  Workshop 8 (Workshop 2) – The role of inclusive leaders in creating collegiality,  Peter Macdonald Hall, Principal Consultant, VERCIDA Consulting

 Today, change is the new norm. It is, paradoxically, a constant factor on the landscape of 21st Century business leaders. Managing change is, or at least should be, at the top of their ‘to do’ list’. As stated by the Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor at Harvard Business School and chair and director of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, Surprises Are the New Normal.

The session from Dan Robertson is supported by Marshall E-Learning. Attendees will benefit from complimentary access to an online course developed for the SDF conference. To find out more about Marshall E-Learning please visit www.marshallelearning.com

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16:30 – 16:45 Move to keynote

16:45 – 17:30 (Gateshead Suite) Keynote 3 – Leadership in the Social Age.  Julian Stodd, Author of The Social Leadership Handbook and Exploring the World of Social Learning. Leading the Social Age movement. Working on writing and research around Dynamic Change and the Landscape of Trust.

17.30 Free Time and Networking

19.00 Pre Drinks Reception sponsored by Marshalls

19.30 (Gateshead Suite) Conference Dinner and Cylix Awards

20.30 Followed by Cappella Choir

Tune Army’ and we are Newcastle University A Cappella Society’s mixed competition group


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