Making Things Better
For colleagues who have challenged and improved processes (in particular those who have embraced continuous improvement approaches).
Violet Brand, PPE Administrator, Department of Politics and International Relations
Violet was nominated for the dramatic and positive changes she made in her department this year. In addition to her substantive role as PPE Administrator, Violet took it upon herself to transform the DPIR Canvas presence. Following severe difficulties her colleagues were facing with postgraduate students, Violet carefully listened to staff and students’ needs. She then taught herself how use Canvas and code HTML, and streamlined communications and automated processes. Colleagues reported that her work had ‘led to a dramatic impact' on morale, efficiency and work satisfaction, and that the difference her work made has been ‘truly transformational’.
Menopause project team
Kate Butler, Tracy Fahey, Sarah Willcox-Jones and Lois May, University HR
These nominees identified that there was a gap in the University’s provision for those experiencing negative effects of menopause, and went above and beyond in developing and launching new guidance. They consulted widely across the University and with external organisations, gathered examples of best practice and identified simple approaches that could make a significant difference to those affected. They raised awareness of the issue to help those who are affected, as well as their managers and colleagues, and provided suggestions for simple interventions.
Alison Brindle, Head of Communications, Medical Sciences Division
Alison has implemented numerous communications-related initiatives and processes across the Medical Sciences Division, many of which are now being replicated across other parts of the University. This has included implementing a central events calendar, providing newsletter and image bank software and a website content management system, and running a successful network. She always offers her resources and time generously, and demonstrates many key principles of the Professional Services Together framework. Everything Alison does starts with the needs of her stakeholders – staff and students in the Medical Sciences Division.
Louisa Bailey, Head of Administration and Finance, Department of Earth Sciences
Judit Kovacs, Acquisitions Team Leader, Bodleian Libraries
UAS HR team (Jasmine Doris, Isobel Stokoe, Ffion Fry, Sue Childs, Anouska Bedford, Courtney Johnson, Adedeji Akinsanya and Olesya Luchinina), University HR