Yesterday the Talent Management Steering Group discussed the recent Sheffield Professional Awards. We had a lot of feedback about the awards and the ceremony itself, as well as some statistics about the staff groups nominated, which departments they came from, and from which grade. Lots of good stuff, and it's great to see Professional staff rewarded for what they do - but lots of things to think about for next year when we run the awards again. Here's a great little video - produced by CiCS of course - about the event.
Today I went to a meeting about a pilot mentoring scheme we are about to launch. Established to break down the barriers between academic and professional service staff, CAMPUS will see academic staff mentored by professional service staff, and vice versa. I'm one of the mentors, and am really looking forward to it. It is a divide I have encountered so many times in my career here, but one I truly don't understand. The "we earn the money and you spend it" divide between academic and professional staff is just so ridiculous, as is the belief that we have nothing to learn from each other. I'm hoping that after this initial pilot we can roll this scheme out across the wider University and recognise that we are all in this together, and that the only way we are going to be successful is if we all understand each other and work together.