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Wed 2 Feb 2022
10:00 - 11:30

Provided by: Change and Programme Management Office


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Living our values through the way we work: a series of panel discussions for leaders and managers

Wed 2 Feb 2022


Discussion Topic: Thinking about becoming a manager? What to consider

This series follows on from the very popular first series held from April-July 2021. These informal drop-in sessions are designed to provide both new and more experienced leaders and managers, across all staff groups, with a safe space to share practice and discuss some of the challenges that can arise when supporting others to develop and strengthen their performance. Each session will start an hour of Q&A and discussion with a panel of experienced managers drawn from across the University. This will be followed by half an hour of small group discussion to allow participants the opportunity to meet other managers and share practice, in a smaller, more intimate setting. Those wishing to leave after the first hour and not stay on for final half hour in break out rooms, are free to do so. The format of the sessions is designed to facilitate peer support and learning. The sessions are not training sessions, although recommendations for training and other resources will be provided.

Comments from Series 1 participants: “I am loving all of these sessions and am so happy to have discovered a platform where ‘it all makes sense’” “It’s lovely to convene a group of people interested in leadership and developing their skills in this area.” “I intend to participate in as many sessions as I can because this forum gives a focused approach on developing leadership skills that are expected within the University. I had been looking for some sort of a planned approach to this and am really glad I found this.”


Litsa Biggs - Head of Education Division, Academic Division

John Nicolson - Chief Research Technician, Department of Earth Sciences

Hayley Osborne - Administrative Officer, Academic Division

Questions we will consider during the session

1. Did you worry about stepping up to a management role? What were you particularly worried about?

2. How do you know if you will like it before you’ve tried it?

3. Many management roles require experience. How can you get this before becoming a manager?

4. Is it possible to be an introvert and enjoy being a manager?

5. What can be the advantages of having a more introverted manager?

6. What can you do if you are in a management role and find that you are really not enjoying it?

7. Where do you go for support when you are finding management difficult?

Target audience

These sessions are designed to support those who have professional responsibility for others. However, if you are not currently a manager but have an interest in the topic, or would like to develop your leadership skills more generally, you are welcome to join us.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 2 Feb 2022   10:00 - 11:30 10:00 - 11:30 Freya Villis
  • To provide a safe space for both new and more experienced managers to share practice
  • To facilitate critical friendship and peer support for those who manage others
  • To give an opportunity for managers to consider how they can embed the professional services values of trust, respect, integrity and collaboration into the way that they work and lead their teams.

Online via Microsoft Teams


90 minutes


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