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Who’s Supporting HR?

Date: 9th September 2021

Location: Online - 4 sessions over 4 months

Price: £250 + VAT

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Dates and Times: One morning a month, across 4 months:

  • Session 1: Thurs 9 September, 10.00-13.15
  • Session 2: Thurs 7 October, 10.00-13.15
  • Session 3: Thurs 4 November, 10.00-13.15
  • Session 4: Thurs 2 December, 10.00-13.15

Participants are expected to attend all 4 sessions.

Location: Online

Price: £250 + VAT

Who’s Supporting HR?

HR staff are often the people that the rest of the organisation turn to when they’re feeling overwhelmed by change and their resilience is challenged. The volume and the intensity of some of the emotion work can be challenging, but there is often little support for HR staff as they deal with this casework. More reports are showing that staff in HEIs have found the changes to teaching practice and service delivery over the past year incredibly stressful and it’s the HR staff who have been supporting them through these times. As HEIs begin to transition through the recovery roadmap HR staff will again be at the frontline of supporting staff with more change. These half day sessions provide an opportunity for HR staff to support their own resilience and wellbeing, so that they can, in turn, continue to support others.

Who should attend: front line HR Officers and Business Partners

Learning outcomes

Drawing on Action Learning and ‘Time to Think’ approaches, working in facilitated, small groups of 6-8 participants, these virtual sessions offer HR staff an opportunity to process and decompress the challenges of their roles, in particular providing a safe space to share experiences, feel heard and learn from others.  Benefits include:

  • share, listen and be heard, reducing feelings of isolation
  • structured reflection time, building self-awareness and the opportunity to do things differently
  • engage with the critical thinking of peers on some of the more difficult challenges to develop learning and practice
  • more effective in dealing with the workload
  • manage own resilience and wellbeing
  • build networks and broaden knowledge of other approaches in the sector, share good practice
  • skills development and CPD (listening skills, problem solving skills, feedback skills, appreciating others’ styles)

Your facilitator - Sara Corcoran

She has over 20 years senior HE experience in HR and Organisational Development and played a leading role in some hugely exciting projects, such as the launch of the University of Suffolk and the merger between University College Falmouth and Dartington College of Art (now the University of Falmouth). As a result, she has a good understanding of leading and managing in complex environments. Sara is a qualified Executive Coach, a Fellow of the CIPD, a Board Trustee of the Association of University Administrators and Co-Chair of the OD in HE network.

Please note, in order to book a place on this event you will need a UHR website user account.  If you do not yet have an account you have 2 choices:

  1. If you would like a full website account, please contact your HR Director who needs to authorise the request by emailing admin@uhr.ac.uk.
  2. If you just wish to book on this event, then please visit the quick registration page where you can set up an account just for booking events.


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