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November 2015

Faculty Staff Survey Action Plan

(12 November 2015)

Following the publication of the staff survey results in June, the Faculty and its Schools have been working on producing action plans in response to the main themes which have been emerging.  At Faculty level, four significant themes have been identified which we aim to address over the next eighteen months as part of our action plan.

 1.       Change management

This theme relates to the following findings at Faculty level:               

  • 83% feel more could be done to help staff prepare for and cope with change
  • 50% (41% for academics) say they are consulted about changes that affect their team/School
  • 46% (38% for academics) believe change within the University is managed well
  • 56% (48% for academics) have seen some positive changes in the last 12 months
  • 56% (43% for academics) believe positive action will be taken as a result of the survey.

 2.       Workload and work-life balance

This theme relates to the following findings at Faculty level:                               

  • 61% (47% for academics) say their immediate line manager helps them find a good work‐life balance
  • 40% (51% for academics) say they are unable to handle all the conflicting demands on their time at work
  • 57% (46% for academics) say they are able to take regular breaks on most days
  • 61% (45% for academics) say they have a good work-life balance
  • 74% (87% for academics) feel they have had to put in a lot of extra time over the last 12 months to meet the demands of their workload.

 3.       Communication

This theme relates to the following findings at Faculty level:               

  • 46% (35% for academics) believe there are effective channels for them to feed their views upwards in the University
  • 61% (55% for academics) believe communications between teams/sections are effective
  • 55% (45% for academics) believe that, on the whole, communication in the University is effective.

 4.       Teaching staff and teaching facilities

This theme relates to the following findings at Faculty level:               

  • 67% (49% for academics) believe teaching staff are valued as part of the University community
  • 73% (66% for academics) believe facilities for teaching students are good.

Your views

We have already initiated a number of measures as part of the action plan which has been submitted to the University’s Staff Survey Steering Group (see link below). 

Staff Survey Action Plan for the Faculty of Humanities

However, there are some areas where we would like to seek your views as to potential additional measures to address the findings. We have set up a brief online survey where, based on your views, you can rank these measures in order of importance and also add other suggestions. The mini-survey can be completed anonymously by following the link below. Your views are very important to us in finalising the content of the action plan. Once we have considered the responses to the survey, we will confirm the outcome of this consultation and circulate the final plan in the New Year.

Take the survey.

The mini-survey is now open and you have until Friday 11 December to complete it.