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May 2015

Humanities PSS Line Manager Programme

(14 May 2015)

The PSS Line Manager Programme is a bespoke training and development course, established in response to the 2013 Staff Survey, to support PSS colleagues in leadership roles.

The first cohort of participants on the programme completed their course in April and fed back that it was ‘very useful and a good opportunity to network with colleagues across the Faculty’.

The programme aims to provide managers in the Faculty with training that reflects the Humanities context and enables them to recognise the key facets of their role and responsibilities, and to approach their jobs with confidence and competence.

It allows participants to reflect on their role and how it fits with other roles in the School and Faculty, as well as how they and their team contribute to the Humanities 2020 Vision. It also provides a valuable opportunity for colleagues to network and share experiences with others working in the same Faculty.

A second cohort will start in June and organisers are planning dates for a third group during 2015/16. More information about this will be circulated via your Head of School Administration. If you are interested in joining the programme or would like more information, please contact either Jayne Hindle or Emma Rose.

The sessions are led by established managers from across Humanities, Staff Development Advisers in the Staff Training and Development Unit (STDU) and functional specialists such as HR Partners. The programme is delivered using real life examples and scenarios, mixed with theory and overview of policy and practice in Humanities. Senior Managers also facilitate action learning sets and offer their time to act as mentors to participants.

This year’s participants said:

“I found the course useful in bringing together management courses and specialist areas into a condensed programme which I could fit into my diary. As a team manager it was useful to discuss problems with other managers and find out we had recurring common issues. It reinforced that we’re not alone and helped build a small network of other managers for practical and helpful advice.” – Paul Yates, Finance Operations Manager

 “I was able to network with colleagues across the Faculty, sharing experiences and best practice. I was given an insight and depth of knowledge about matters which might be in your wider knowledge but that you don’t have the time or ability to look at more closely and I had several ‘light-bulb’ moments through the course that I have been able to directly feed into my day-to-day work. Sometimes, taking a break from the everyday, day-to-day, to think about how your role fits in can be really valuable and makes you feel worthwhile.” – Andy Feast, Manchester Business School