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Cohort 3

Cohort 3 will introduce changes to organisational structures and job descriptions for colleagues at grades 3-7 in the International Programmes Office, and at grades 2-5 in: Teaching, Learning and Student Experience teams in Schools and Faculties; DSE Student and Academic Services; DSE Campus Life; and PGR teams within Schools, Faculties and the central Directorate for Research and Business Engagement.

These changes are the building blocks that will enable us to deliver enhanced, more visible services to students: through School-managed Student Hubs, Faculty-managed PGR Hubs and a significantly improved online platform.

Key changes and benefits

  • There is no risk of redundancy.
    • We are proposing a small increase in the number of roles and an upwards shift in grade, in response to increasing demands on our time and services.
    • Vacant roles will be initially reserved for redeployees and those in scope of the changes – giving some colleagues the opportunity to gain a role at a higher grade.
  • All roles are permanent.
    • We have already converted most staff on fixed term contracts in these areas to permanent contracts – and all roles in the proposed structures are permanent.
    • A small number of staff will remain on fixed term contracts, for example to cover parental leave.
  • We are introducing new ways of working, with closer alignment between Schools, Faculties and Central Directorates.
    • There will be consistent structures and job descriptions across teams - colleagues will be matched to a job role (e.g. Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator) and then assigned to an area of work (e.g. School of Engineering).
    • Staff will have more opportunities to gain experience and move more easily around the organisation, with clear paths for career progression.
    • Teams will be more flexible and able to respond to changing demands (e.g. additional student numbers or new compliance requirements).
    • More consistency across structures, roles and processes will reduce the risk of local processes and systems only being understood by individuals or small groups. It will also be easier to understand who does what in each area or team.
    • New Communities of Practice will enable colleagues to collaborate beyond their immediate teams, solve problems collectively and learn from each other.