Starting the annual review process

Annual reviews seem to come earlier and earlier each year. We are barely into 2013 and I find myself discussing each Faculty’s Annual Review document at the Academic Enhancement and Standards Committee meeting, and preparing our own documentation for the HR Challenge Meeting in April.

Last year we listed 7 achievements and 7 objectives for OCSLD. I’ve just started to list some for this year. I’ve called them all no. 1 because they are not in any order.

  1. Our review of student support led to agreement of a university statement on academic guidance and new training for Academic Advisers
  1. The first cohort of staff were awarded Senior and Principal Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy
  1. We undertook commissions for Course Design Intensives for Oxford University, Robert Gordon University and Victoria University (Australia)
  1. We received accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management for a Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for staff, and endorsement for a Consultancy Skills course for student e-pioneers.
  1. The Putting Students at the Centre initiative has been taken up by Learning Resources, Students’ Union, and has engaged all staff in Catering.
  1. Our close links with directorates and faculties have resulted in numerous bespoke interventions, notably around themes of cultural change, communication, customer service and team building.
  1. Staff developers took their first steps into producing online resources and participating in online courses. See for example David on Action Learning.

What else would you add to this list?

What might be our objectives for next year?  We have already started to make changes to our portfolio so that staff encounter timely, role-based staff development at key moments in their employment and career. We will continue this with better integration of our educational development with university quality processes, and targeted planning of our staff development offer by roles.

We will also need to respond to changes happening around us. The new building will open and there will be staff development required to support new ways of working for the teams in Student Central, for library staff, and for staff teaching in the newly equipped rooms.  The second Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience will be written and we will want to be part of that conversation.

We will start our annual review process in earnest at our meeting on  23 April. Before then, you might like to look at this video from the Students’ Union showing what they have done in 2011-12.  It’s a great alternative to all those annual review documents!





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Rhona Sharpe

Rhona is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University. Her interests are around developing and tutoring online courses, developing learners for a digital age, and  pedagogic research. Rhona is one of the co-founders of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group), a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She is Editor of the Brookes eJournal for Learning and Teaching.

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