Group Representative Profiles

Amanda Giles (Eastern Region Chair)

Amanda has held the role of Head of the Centre for Staff and Educational Development (CSED) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) since January 2014.  Amanda’s first career was in the Royal Air Force, initially as an air traffic controller and airport manager, then later in executive and headquarters roles before moving to the arena of training and education management.  Having completed an MSc in Leadership, and worked alongside academic partners from KCL, Cranfield and Portsmouth Universities, on leaving the RAF she was drawn towards a second career in Higher Education.

Amanda’s diverse team at CSED deliver a wide range of activities and interventions to support and enable staff development at UEA, including ICT, equality and diversity, academic practise, personal and professional development, leadership and management open and bespoke courses, research staff development, coaching, and an MA in Higher Education Practice.

Introduction to the region:

ERF regional forum group meetings and event provide staff developers in the Eastern Region an opportunity to share practice, exchange ideas and provide a mutual support network of experienced staff development practitioners.

Format of the sessions

The sessions are informal in nature and usually start with a round table review and sharing of current activities, issues, and opportunities.  The agenda for each meeting is collectively agreed by the group members and, whenever possible, we aim to invite members or guest presenters to share and demonstrate examples of innovations in staff development.  Meetings and events are open to colleagues in other SDF groups by prior arrangement.

Universities in the region

There are 11 regions that form the Eastern Region SDF:

  • University of Suffolk
  • University of Essex
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Cambridge
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • Open University

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