In October 2014, the School of History held its second Alumni Day, which was attended by nearly 200 former students and staff. Co-ordinating an event of this size can present significant challenges if attempted in isolation. In this session we would like to share with you our experience of working with Kent’s Alumni Office and how they assisted us in the running of a successful event.
Improving the experience of joint honours students
A student focused collaborative project aimed at bringing together staff from a range of different departments and services to add value to the experiences of joint honours students across the University of Kent (Uok) and to ensure that they feel part of an acknowledged ‘community’ for both of their subject areas.
Partnerships with information services
The development of a partnership between the School of English and IS on a number of work topics to enable effective improvement.
Supporting you - building stronger relationships
In 2011 the three Faculty Offices were amalgamated to become the Faculties Support Office. Our project is to increase awareness of who we are and what we can do to help you. We aim to; promote an understanding that we are here to help; that involving us early when you want to make changes and improvements means we can help things progress more smoothly through the University processes; that we can help with clarification of the regulations and processes; that we will work with the QA Office to improve the clarity of regulations and process with your help and input.
Whose responsibility is it?
This is part of a larger Social Sciences project which involves all the SAMs in the Faculty, the Dean and, in a second stage, the Heads of Schools. The project aims to foster more effective relationships between academic and professional services colleagues. This project explores the boundaries between different types of administrative tasks and intends to clarify responsibilities and accountabilities.
The aim of the project was to produce an annual task calendar for School administration. The calendar would be useful for administrative staff in Schools to prepare for tasks in advance but would also serve as information source for other staff so that they would be more aware of the periods of greater or lesser pressure. The calendar would also be useful in that it provides additional notes on tasks and links to useful sources of information.
Online only coursework submission in a large school
In a move to a position of online only submission of coursework we have devised, and continue to refine, processes for bulk downloads, file renaming, sorting and bulk printing in order to be able to facilitate marking in hard copy for only those requesting it. We continue to expand our successful Undergraduate pilot from 2013/14 by rolling out at Postgraduate Taught level for 2014/15 and working in partnership with the Print Unit on alternate rapid printing options at reduced cost.
Student communication enhancement
The Schools of Psychology and Biosciences have been looking at student communication as an area to develop as part of Excellence through Partnerships using different strategies.
Who do you think you are?
The project examines how others perceive the role of administrative staff, the notion of the professional university administrator and our contribution. The role of the administrator remains a rather invisible one, where stereotypes, professional prejudice and misconceptions can easily occur. The project raises questions regarding language/terminology, visibility, culture, gender, respect, value, and dignity. The project aims to engender positive change across the institution, creating opportunities for understanding and partnerships, and valued relationships based on trust and respect.