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The University's academic mission is supported by a host of non-academic staff members covering many varied roles. Collectively termed 'professional services', they make a critical contribution to the work of the University. ourcambridge is a staff-centric programme designed to recognise and realise the potential of our professional services staff by improving staff morale and simplifying processes.

The programme is open to everyone and all are able to play a part. ourcambridge will be guided by feedback from you and the ultimate goal is that you feel valued, work in a satisfying environment and have equal opportunities for development. 

See how our programme focus has developed (PDF)

The focus of the programme is on both the job satisfaction of professional services staff and the impact of overly complicated processes. There are three complementary elements to the programme: supporting our staff, simplifying our processes, and ways of working.

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Supporting our Staff

This element aims at ensuring that the University supports its professional services staff appropriately by developing and encouraging staff, and creating a culture of respect, positivity and creativity. The key elements will focus on: Career structure for professional services staff This is the...

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Simplifying our Processes

The Vice-Chancellor said in his annual speech on 1 October that we need a University which is “ defined by its purpose and its principles, not by its processes ” . This element aims to ensure that we take a consistent approach to our processes and, importantly, to improving them, from local...

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Ways of Working

The programme initially comprised of two complementary pillars ( Supporting our Staff and Simplifying our Processes ) underpinned by staff engagement and communications. Following ideas submitted by staff through the programme's engagement, a revised programme framework has been developed. This new...

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As a result of the great generosity of Dr Jim Gazzard and his colleagues at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), this week is one...

In over 20 years of working for the University, this is the first time I feel I can believe that there is (at last) a sincere attempt to reduce the (sometimes) ridiculous amount of administration associated with even simple activities.
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