Excellence Initiative

Conference January 2017

The Excellence and Change Conference for all administrative staff in Schools and Faculties took place on on 12 January 2017. Other professional services staff were invited to participate to reinforce the commitment to strengthen relationships across the academic division. The event included interactive workshops and keynote presentations from:

Keynote presentations

  • Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, University of Kent
  • Dr Christopher Sarchet, Consultant, SUMS

Further resources

Changes to Higher Education - Inside and Out

Professor April McMahon,

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, University of Kent


Embracing the Challenges of Change

Dr Christopher Sarchet,

Consultant for SUMS, and AUA Managing Change in Higher Education Network Convenor



List of Interactive Workshops


Workshop Title Workshop Lead(s) Presentations
How did EDA win a THELMA? Giles Polglase, AUA Regional Network Coordinator, Director of Faculty Operations, Canterbury ChristChurch University not available
Persuasive and Influencing Language: skills to overcome resistance to change James Corbin, School Administration Manager, SMSAS, University of Kent Presentation
The Politics of Change Dr Madeleine Wyatt, Senior Lecturer in HRM, Kent Business School, University of Kent not available
Student Experience: What does it mean and how can we make it great?

Rory Murray, President, Kent Union, University of Kent

Elliott Shell, Sports Officer, Kent Union, University of Kent

Ruth Wilkinson, Activities Officer, Kent Union, University of Kent

not available


Networking and mapping new pathways in your career

Melissa Mulhall, Head of Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent

Linda Lough, Head of Administration, Faculty of Sciences, University of Kent

Professor Yvonne Sherwood, Professor of Biblical Cultures and Politics, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent

Dealing with Change - enabling ourselves to be highly effective people

Dr Simon Black, Learning & Development Consultant, Organisational Development, University of Kent



Leading Change Together: managing cultural change across the HE workforce

Dr Hala Mansour, Lecturer in HRM, Northampton Business School, University of Northampton

Dr Cristina Devecchi, Associate Professor, Special Education Needs & Inclusion, University of Northampton

not available
Using mindfulness in changing times

Esther van Hout, Business Development Manager, Tonbridge Centre Administration, University of Kent

Nicola Urqhart, Careers Adviser, Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent

Transitions - understanding and managing change for wellbeing
    Stone Fitzgerald, Wellbeing Adviser/Counsellor, Student Support, University of Kent not available




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