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Is Future Talent for me?

  • Would you like to explore the range of work that the Directorate for the Student Experience does?
  • Would you like to develop your transferable skills and enhance your personal effectiveness?
  • Would you like to gain experience of working on a project?

Aims of the programme

The aims of the DSE Future Talent programme are to give colleagues an opportunity to gain experience of working on a project, learn more about the Directorate and enhance the 'single team' ethos of the DSE. 

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at colleagues working within the DSE who would like to develop their knowledge and experience through exposure to other areas of the Directorate and to use this opportunity to gain experience of working on a project.

It is most likely to benefit colleagues who are currently working at grades 4 or 5.

Places are limited to a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 participants and all applications must be supported by line managers as having the potential to benefit from the opportunity offered.

If the programme is oversubscribed places will be allocated on a fair distribution across divisions and particpants’ own reasons for applying as described in their application.

What does the programme look like?

The learning aspects will be delivered via on campus workshops. A key feature of the programme is the chance for participants to also work on a project within DSE in a different area to their own department, introducing them to new ways of working.

While there is no formal assessment of learning, participants are expected to attend all group workshops as well as undertaking a work based project, providing an interim update on this work and on completion to deliver a presentation about their project output. Certificates will be awarded to participants at the end of the programme.

The project-based structure of the programme offers the opportunity for participants to develop their oral and written communication skills, work in a team to plan, manage and deliver a project, including negotiating scope and identifying milestones, undertake research and analyse the results in order to provide information and recommendations that will inform DSE decision making.

How much time does it require?

The programme will run between mid/late October and June and may take an average of 3-4 hours a week of staff time to complete. A proportion of this will involve attending scheduled group workshops and one to one sessions and the remainder will be spent working on the allocated projects. Some weeks this may result in more time being spent, and other weeks, none at all. 

Participant Feedback

It's been great to meet people who work elsewhere in DSE and gain an understanding of the scope and spread of work.”

Participant Feedback

“I’ve got a much broader knowledge and understanding of the DSE, I have been stretched by working with different colleagues from other Divisions.”