People Strategy Launch Event

Vice Chancellor Trevor McMillan and Rachel Adams, Interim Director of Human Resources will officially launch the University’s People Strategy on Friday, September 15th, 2017.

The People Strategy supports a new and enhanced approach to recruitment, retention, leadership, professional development, inclusion and well-being, and very much encourages staff engagement and involvement. The invaluable contribution made by our staff is at the heart of this Strategy and all our staff have an important role to play in delivering this important agenda.

The week long programme of events will provide opportunities for all staff to get involved; there is a mixture of learning events, information sessions and opportunities to join workshops or consultations to inform and shape future developments. 

Staff are encouraged to attend sessions of their choice at the week long event. Please take a look at the programme below for details of the activity taking place each day. Booking not necessary.

Friday, 15 September 2017

11.00 – 13.00 - People Strategy Launch Event

From 11.00 in the Chancellor’s Building Foyer there will be stalls highlighting the benefits, services and facilities offered to staff by the University.  At 11.30 the Vice-Chancellor and Rachel Adams, Interim Director of Human Resources will introduce the People Strategy and provide an overview to the events to formally launch the People Strategy.

Human Resources will be hosting a coffee morning to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support 'World’s Biggest Coffee Morning'.

Monday, 18 September 2017

10.00 – 11.30 – Promoting the Global Outlook and Impact of our Staff
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.039

Professor Richard Luther, Dean of Internationalisation
Pat Power, Associate Director of International Development
Elissa Williams, Global Education Manager

Programme to cover:

  1. The University's International Strategy (RL)
  2. Introduction to the work of IRD and exchange opportunities (PP/EW?)   
  3. Open Q&A
  4. Speaker - a member of professional services staff who has been on an exchange 
  5. Networking/Find out more session - Global Education team available to answer questions and/or encourage applications for 2017/18 Erasmus+ (depending on outcomes of Thursday's meeting).

12.00 – 14.00 – Technicians Commitment Workshop (to include lunch)
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.017

Dr Jackie Potter, Head of Learning and Professional Development Centre
Nicola Ratcliffe, HR Strategic Support Manager
Emma Holdham, Staff Developer


The Technician Commitment was launched in May 2017 and 35 UK Universities, including Keele signed up.  Keele has set up a Working Group, chaired by Mark Bacon with representation from Human Resources, Learning and Professional Development Centre and from the community of technical staff who are tasked with determining how the University might realise the aims of the Commitment for all technical staff at Keele.  This event is an opportunity for any member of staff interested in the Technicians Commitment to come along and learn more and to provide views on the priority areas for development at Keele.

15.00 – 16.00 - Email - Effective Communication or Information Overload?
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.017 

Heather Djuranovic, Internal Communications Officer

Email is one of the primary methods of communicating internally at Keele, so let's talk about how to facilitate effective email communication. 

Let's also talk about other forms of communication working in conjunction with targeted e-mails to ensure that communications are read, understood and acted upon in the time frame you desire without the information overload.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

11.00 – 11.45 - Keele People Employee Self Service
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.039

Ann Allender, Payroll and Pensions Manager
Simone Worthington, Deputy Payroll and Pension Manager
Stephanie Gerken, HR Systems and Business Services Manager


A demonstration of Employee Self Service including answers to common questions and an introduction to the new system look and feel being launched later this year.

11.45 – 12.30 – Keele People Drop-in Session
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.017

Ann Allender, Payroll and Pensions Manager
Simone Worthington, Deputy Payroll and Pension Manager
Stephanie Gerken, HR Systems and Business Services Manager


Drop in session with colleagues from Human Resources and Payroll on hand to answer your questions

12.00 – 13.30 – Digital Drop-in Session
Chancellor's Buildin, Room CBA1.085

Mathew Street, Learning Technology Officer  


A session open to all.  Drop by at any point during this time slot to get your technology related questions answered.  These could range from getting more out of Google or other institutional tools through to embedding technology into your practice and refining processes. 

12.00 - 14.00 - Chapel Drop-in Session

Rev James Pritchard, Co-ordinating Chaplain
Rev Stephanie Couvela, Anglican Chaplain
Niall Hammond, Lay Catholic Chaplain

Did you know that Chaplains James, Stephanie and Niall are here to offer support to staff as well as students, of all faiths or none?  Or that our chapel building is open to all if you need a quiet moment of prayer or reflection?  Or that you can help yourself any time to a cuppa in the kitchen?  If you didn’t, today is a good time to find out what you’ve been missing – we’ll put the proper coffee on and break out the posh biscuits.  Come and say hello!

12.00 – 14.00 – Staff Disability Forum
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA1.021

Hannah Barjat, Athena Swan Support Officer


All staff are invited to attend the Disability Forum to shape and inform the support that the University provides to disabled staff.  We aim to provide a forum for staff to formulate, advise and feedback on University initiatives that encourage engagement and representation of disabled staff in all aspects of University life.

14.00 – 15.30 – Active Lifestyles & Wellbeing
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA1.064

Paul Firth, Teaching Fellow in Exercise Physiology
Benn Digweed, Teaching Fellow and Clinical Physiotherapist
Mike Huss, Sports Development Officer


Paul Firth from the School of Health and Rehabilitation will deliver a short talk and Q&A session on Health and Wellbeing and its impact on productivity.

Benn from the School of Health and Rehabilitation will be providing a demonstration explaining the services available through the Keele University Physiotherapy Clinic and Mike from the Sports Centre will highlight the facilities staff may access.

14.30 - 16.00 - Managing Stress Effectively
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.017

Sharon McCormick, Clinical Director, The Listening Centre

Managing our stress is a lifelong skill and attendees will come to realise that there is more to this subject than meets the eye and will be given crucial information as to how to expand on this area of self-care.

By the end of this taster, attendees will be able to:

  • Monitor your stress and detect when it is effecting you.
  • Understand your work-life balance, what it means for you and how it impacts your life.
  • Identify triggers and how to manage situations when you are becoming stressed. 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

09.30 – 12.00 – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Consultation
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA1.021

Alison Hunt, Managing Director, Flexible Work Solutions

Alison is an experience EDI practitioner who operates almost exclusively in the HR sector. Flexible Working Solutions have recently reviewed the University’s EDI objectives and Action Plan and this consultation session will provide staff with an overview of the Action Plan and ask for views on areas for priority development.

10.00 – 11.30 – Sudden Impact: Strategies for Dissemination
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA1.064

Russel Crawford, Academic Developer

In this workshop, all participants will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the relative merits of various routes to disseminate their professional outputs. The session will unfold to allow everyone to build and consider their own personal plan and strategies to maximise the impacts of their work in a variety of ways. The workshop will be discussion-based with a guided walk through of various dissemination modes and use a novel planning tool.

11.00 – 12.30 – Professional Services Staff Network Launch
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.039

Nicola Ractliffe, HR Strategic Support Manager
Jan Kincaid, Staff Developer

The Professional Services Staff Network will launch with the first Bitesize Briefing on ‘Insight into the School Manager Role’ delivered by Sarah Lane, Senior School Manager (Law) and Sue Baknak, School Manager (Nursing and Midwifery). This will be followed by a consultation on the proposed 2017/18 Professional Services Staff Network development offer and an opportunity for networking with colleagues.

14.00 - 15.00 - Working with the Press Office
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.017

Sam Lesniak, Senior PR and Communications Officer

Whether it’s a live interview from our campus-based TV and radio studio, writing an article for The Conversation or another publication, or a press release, this session will help you to understand how the Press Office can help to connect your expertise with a wide audience, raising both your personal profile and that of your research in doing so.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

10.00 -12.00 - BAME Staff Network Consultation Drop-in Session
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA1.021

Leila Green, Race Equality Officer
Sammyh Khan, Co-Chair of Race Equality Charter

Join us at the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network Consultation Drop-in session to meet the team, share your ideas to develop the network, and hear about the Race Equality Charter being launched at Keele in October 2017!

10.00 - 11.00 - Desk Yoga
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.017

Chris Warrington, Orange Blossom Yoga

In this session you will be introduced to several yoga elements that can help ease your body and mind through your day.  You will learn the benefits of:

  • Pranayama - Yoga breathing techniques.
  • Asana - Desk based movement.
  • Meditation - Quietening the mind. 

14.00 – 16.00 – Workshop for Managers on Managing Flexible Working
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.039

Jane Rushton, HR Manager
Natalie Simpson, HR Manager

This workshop will offer managers the opportunity to explore how to manage flexible working within their area of work whilst balancing the needs of the service. This will also provide a discussion forum for managers to share best practice from within their own areas.

Refreshments to be provided.

15.30 onwards - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences New Staff Networking Event for Teaching & Teaching Support Staff
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA1.021

Sophie Bessant, Academic Developer

Join us for an informal networking event aimed at anyone who teaches, supports student learning or supports teaching teams (e.g. Lecturers, Teaching Fellows, Professors, School Managers, Administrators, sessional teaching staff, Graduate Teaching Assistants, PhD students who teach, etc.), who has recently joined the Faculty (over the last year or so).

This is a chance for staff new to teaching, new to teaching support and/or new to the Faculty, to network with one another and to meet several members of academic and professional services staff who support the Faculty with teaching and learning development and enhancement, including: colleagues from the Learning and Professional Development Centre (LPDC), the Library, the Careers and Employability Centre, the Student Learning team, Learning Technology Officers, as well as Directors of Learning and Teaching from the Faculty.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Friday, 22 September 2017

10.00 – 11.30 – Coaching Framework Launch
Chancellor's Building, CBA2.017

Dr Jackie Potter, Head of Learning and Professional Development Centre
Jan Kincaid, Staff Developer

We are delighted to launch the University’s Coaching Framework.

This session provides an introduction to the Keele Coaching Framework, and an explanation of how coaching can be accessed to support individual development and performance.

Also included is a bite-sized session on everyday coaching designed to give participants the opportunity to explore how to use a coaching approach to working with colleagues or managing people.

Participants will also hear about the ILM L5 Coaching and Mentoring programme. The ILM L5 qualification (or equivalent) is a basic requirement for staff wishing to work as a coach on the Keele Coaching Framework. The programme, which provides participants with the core knowledge, experience and skills required to work with others as a coach, will be offered again during 2018.

14.00 – 15.00 – Improving Understanding of LGBT issues in the Workplace
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA2.017

Nicola Ratcliffe, HR Strategic Support Manager
Hannah Barjat, Athena Swan Officer

Staff from our equalities team will run a session aimed at improving the understanding of LGBT issues and discussion of issues faced by LGBT people in the workplace to enable managers to be more confident in supporting LGBT colleagues.

14.00 – 15.30 – Digital Drop-in Session
Chancellor's Building, Room CBA1.021

Mathew Street, Learning Technology Officer

A session open to all. Drop by at any point during this time slot to get your technology related questions answered. These could range from getting more out of Google or other institutional tools through to embedding technology into your practice and refining processes.