OCSLD Annual Review 2013/14

Following a the comprehensive review of our portfolio review in 2011/12, we are now reviewing and refreshing our offer annually. In a sector that is increasingly competitive, we recognise the need to drive forward innovations in our portfolio and respond quickly to the changing demands on Faculties, Directorates and their staff.

The OCSLD Annual Review has made its way around university committees and is attached here in its final form.

Here are some highlights from our activities in 2013/14:

  • Partnership working with Faculties and Directorates has been strengthening through the OCSLD Link Roles. Team-based development, negotiated through the Link Roles, is in high demand from established ‘Putting Students at the Centre’ and ‘Participative Process Reviews’ to bespoke interventions for newly constructed teams or Programme Development Teams.
  • OCSLD has provided programme management and evaluation for the Programme of projects to Enhance the Student Experience (PESE), and led the consultation for the revision of the Strategy for the Student Experience (SESE) as a grassroots initiative, organising events, online discussions and video elevator pitches from staff.
  • A further 5 Principal and 5 Senior Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy were awarded, giving Brookes a total 12 Senior Fellowships and 12 Principal Fellowships.
  • Our flagship ‘Teaching Online’ was revised to run in open online study mode and we launched a new online course ‘Strategies for Success in Academic Writing’. Hundreds of staff from other universities have engaged with Oxford Brookes through our suite of online courses and events, many now hosted on the innovative OpenBrookes platform.
  • The Virtual Projects Office was launched in January, the culmination of many years work promoting project management approaches and capabilities through the university
  • The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM Level 5) Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring ran twice with a total of 20 participants. OCSLD is now an ILM Assessment Centre. We worked with the Faculty of Business Faculty to recognise their new Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring (ILM Level 7). This means that Oxford Brookes now provides qualifications in coaching from entry level up to Masters.

What to watch out for in 14/15:

  • A re-shaped portfolio and structure of management and leadership capabilities and development that will support cost effective services and educational provision, and provide the capacity and skills to manage change with confidence.
  • Refreshed Personal Development and Review training to encourage managers to develop coaching skills and behaviours, and a CPD programme for experienced coaches.
  • More flexible, ‘bitesize’ session in personal development and Recruitment and Selection.
  • A baseline online presence for OCSLD events, underpinned by our RADAR resourcebank
  • New modules on the MA in Education: Inquiry and reflection in higher education (P70409) and Philosophy and Policy of Higher Education (P70410)
  • A new website for OCSLD, giving clear information about our portfolio – coming very soon!

As the OCSLD offer to the University becomes more targeted and tailored to specific needs, Staff and Educational Development Consultants are devoting more of their time to planning and delivering interventions for particular teams, arranged through their OCSLD Link Roles. Such interventions are timely and efficient for Faculties and Directorates and recognise that professional learning takes place within work-based teams. We hope that this report provides ideas for how you might use OCSLD resources, events and consultancy to engage with your own development or to facilitate that of your team or organisation.

Download the OCSLD AnnualReview 2013-14



About the author

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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