Welcome shapes institutions with world-leading aspirations, and cultures that attract and retain the very best teaching, research and professional services staff. We want our institutions to take care of employees, and we want them to be fit for the future too. For some of us these drab early winter days have been busy and frustrating, with industrial action having a patchwork of different effects across our universities. The experience of students can only be worse as a result of this kind of action, and even if only ten or a dozen staff members strike it can have an effect on student services: this is no-one's ideal way to wrap up what has been another challenging term. The latest updates from UUK on the USS dispute can be found online. With very best wishes
Joanne Marshall Director of People and Campus Services at the University of Bradford
Everyone Onboard! UHR Conference 2022 Save the Dates 10 to 12 May
I'm more than happy to be able to welcome two new members to the UHR team. Emma Brookes, formerly of the University of Salford, and Sophie Crouch man (who arrives fresh from Loughborough University) have recently joined us as Strategic Projects and Research Managers. They are tasked with bringing to life specific UHR initiatives that we hope will deliver tangible benefits to UHR member universities. Those of you with links in the North-West may well know Emma already as she is currently the policy lead and Co-Vice-Chair of the Manchester branch of the CIPD. Emma's most recent experience is as a Reward Specialist, and she was responsible for the development and delivery of Salford's strategic direction for pay, reward and benefits. She also has experience of managing HR Advice functions, and in Employee Relations. At UHR Emma will work on a range of projects with a focus on reward, recognition and wellbeing. Sophie's projects are likely to have a data focus. She has held roles in Planning; HR; Estates & Facilities Management; Registry and in an Academic School while at Loughborough. Sophie was most recently Senior Planning Officer, a role which included governance, projects and data work, including working closely with HR colleagues on the HESA staff return, EDI and HR datasets. In 2018/19, Sophie was seconded to Research England to act as Secretary to three REF Sub-panels during the criteria setting phase of the REF2021 exercise. Sophie will be working on projects which encompass how HR functions can use data more effectively in decision making; workforce planning (with HESPA); and on other bespoke research for UHR to support the needs of members. It's so good to have this additional experience within the UHR team. Both Emma and Sophie will be drawing on member support in the coming weeks to help get their projects up and running please help them in their work when you can. I know you'd be very welcome to connect with both Emma and Sophie on social media. Emma Brookes uses the handle @EmmaBrookesMcr on both Twitter and Linkedln and Sophie Crouchman (@SophieC_UHR on Twitter) can also be found on Linkedln.