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In his most recent 1st October address to the University, the Vice-Chancellor remarked that​ "we are an excellent university because we have excellent people. And in the years ahead, we must take further steps to value our staff."

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 moral 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, our professional services staff across the University, and the ultimate goal is that you feel valued, work in a satisfying environment and have equal opportunities for development. 

There are a number ways you can become involved, for example taking on a specific role or attending events, and there will be many opportunities for you to provide feedback, one of which is via this website. The programme is supported by a small team who are co-ordinating involvement, feedback and activity across the University.

The focus of the programme is on both the job satisfaction of professional services staff  the impact of overly complicated processes. Therefore there are two complementary elements to the programme: supporting our staff and simplifying or processes.

Read more at: Supporting our staff

Supporting our staff

This element aims at ensuring that the University supports its professional services staff appropriately by developing and supporting 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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Read more at: Simplifying our processes

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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Latest news

Join the ourcambridge choir!

17 April 2019

We are pleased to announce that as part of the ourcambridge initiative we are launching a staff choir. As a first step this will run as a six week pilot on Monday lunchtimes 13:00-14:00 at Great St Mary’s Church starting on Monday 29 April and ending on 17 June (there are no sessions on bank holidays). The choir will be...

Technician Commitment: supporting the development of technicians

18 March 2019

As part of her role as a Learning and Development Consultant within Personal and Professional Development (PPD), Jane Leyshon coordinates initiatives to support technicians across the University: “There are currently over 1,200 technicians at the University, across a variety of roles and departments, who play a pivotal...

What’s happening now?

7 March 2019

We launched ourcambridge with a series of presentations from the Registrary just before Christmas and followed up with an invitation to submit ideas for change. Since then we have received over 800 suggestions for improvements and 85 professional services staff have volunteered to act as ‘champions’ for the programme...

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.
Comment submitted at ourcambridge launch event


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