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SummerWise* is a summer season of learning resources, webinars and blogs from some of our favourite sector voices.


In the midst of the current health emergency it is striking that so many of us are using the opportunity to learn new skills and brush up on old ones, in our personal lives and our professional ones too. Many of us have happily moved online with our learning, or at least we’ve been determined to make the best of a necessity. At a time when all of us are dealing with new issues daily and having to refine approaches based on the latest health guidance, we’re all looking for the wise words that’ll help us through the next stage of our Covid-19 response planning.


We’ve asked some of our favourite sector voices to work with us in a spirit of co-operation and cross-sector support, to spread key learnings from the crisis, and give us a head start on some of the challenges that may be heading our way. In a series of member webinars, articles and resources we’ll be tapping into the wisdom of sector specialists. We’re living in such strange days but it has always been part of UHR’s remit to share knowledge and point out good practice and that is as true today as ever.

We’re launching SummerWise* with a series of webinars. You can click through to find further information from the links below. All will be delivered through one of the mechanisms we’ve all grown used to over recent months, such as Microsoft Teams or similar – sometimes from UHR platforms and sometimes from those of our delivery partners. We’ll add to the list below over the coming weeks. Just look out for the SummerWise* symbol to be sure that an event is part of UHR’s curated learning season.


The Revised CJRS

23 June


Delivered by our colleagues at BUFDG (the British Universities Finance Directors’ Group) and with specialist input from KPMG this session is aimed at HR and Finance Directors and Deputies, and considers “flexible furlough” and changes to the scheme in effect from 1 July.


Managing remote teams

24 June


Delivered by a range of experienced remote managers from our friends at Halpin, this session will help you think about the challenges of remote management, and ways to ensure your team feel supported. What changes to management style will be needed by this extended period of remote working?


Managing redundancy in a virtual environment

30 June


Colleagues from Shakespeare Martineau will deliver a practical session on the realities of conducting redundancy processes remotely, including collective consultation processes and individual meetings, legal risks and implications for universities failing to follow the model statute.


Homeworking as the new norm – impact for HR policies and procedures

1 July


With much of the workforce likely to be homebased for a lengthy period, what are the implications for HR policy and procedure. Join colleagues from Pinsent Masons to explore risks, opportunities and new ways of thinking about contracts and contractual terms and conditions.


Flexing your business: workforce considerations for Covid-19

1 July


Aimed at HR and Finance Directors this BUFDG session will help colleagues think beyond the CJRS, which we know is only a temporary solution. Join presenters from KPMG for advice on flexible management of the workforce once the scheme ends and the wider workforce issues raised by the pandemic.


Is being based at home a level playing field?

8 July


Join our friends from VWV to consider the equality, diversity and inclusion aspects of asking large numbers of staff to work often or even permanently from home. How are EDI issues affected when members of the team aren’t on site? What opportunities and risks are attached, from an EDI perspective?


The role of the academic after Covid-9 and how to change it

14 July


Our presenters from Mills and Reeve will help us think about academic delivery online, conducting research away from base and the new discipline involved for academics in working from home over extended periods of time. What might be the need for changes to terms and conditions?


Directors' Debate Room: Black Lives Matter: How can the HR Director support, and challenge, the Vice Chancellor and Executive team

22 July


This session will be a closed online forum for HR Directors. The session will start with a panel of speakers discussing their thoughts on the change needed and sharing some of the actions their organisations have undertaken. After a short Q&A session, delegates will move into break out rooms (arranged by UHR region) to talk about how the challenges are being considered and addressed in their own institutions. The delegates will then come back to the main room to feed back on discussions. The idea is that this will form the first of a series of debate rooms on this subject, 


We’ll update this page regularly as more resources, including webinars, are added to our SummerWise* programme, so book mark this page. Although some of our webinars are aimed at senior members of staff we think there will be something in this season for everyone in the team and we hope you are able to make the most of these collected resources. 


You can learn about other UHR CPD activities including our Introduction to HE for Professional Services Staff, and our Directors' Development Day elsewhere on our website. Also check up on the meetings calendar to find scheduled regional meeting dates in your area.

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