Quietish blogging time at the moment - lots of time being spent doing stuff I can't write about, including some HR work and marking funding submissions.
I have had time though to take part in a few other interesting meetings this week. We've produced an updated Data Quality Policy for our corporate data which will hopefully be approved fairly soon. In terms of quality we're looking at relevance, correctness, completeness and timeliness of the data in our systems, and we've put together a series of aims and objectives, as well as examples of good practice supporting the quality of data. It will be published and available soon.
Changes to our change management system are about to be introduced, which will see a more active approach to approving changes instead of the more passive "if we don't object you can do it" system we have at the moment. The CAB (change advisory board) will move from virtual to physical, at least for a trial period.
I've also had some discussions with other senior members of the department about communication, especially feeding back both during and after conferences, seminars, and other events. I'm obviously a great believer in doing that using social media - the whole reason I set this blog up was to answer the question from my department, "what do you do?" I felt it was particularly important to feedback on conference sessions, link to to relevant information and presentations, say what I thought was interesting or relevant etc. With the advert of twitter and hashtags, you can now feedback during the conference itself, allowing people to keep up with events who aren't there, share important information, links etc. I've followed a number of conferences recently from the hashtag. Some have many people tweeting, some much fewer. The most recent was the AHUA (Association of Heads of University Administration aka Registrars) Conference, thanks to the lone tweeting Registrar from Nottingham University, Paul Greatrix. Fascinating to see the things they were discussing, although I understood he got the mickey taken out of him by the rest, but as he said, leadership is hard!
So, there's been some discussion here about why the other members of the Exec, and indeed the rest of the section heads, don't do it, and whether they should. I have my own view, obviously, and there have been others expressed, but if you have a view, then put it in the comments. Would be interested to know.