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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 work stream is focused on recognising and supporting the critical work our professional services staff contribute to the University. The key elements will focus on: Career structure for professional services staff This is the most important aspect and a catalyst to achieving the goals of the...

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Simplifying our Processes

The rationale In his annual speech on 1 October 2018, the Vice-Chancellor stressed the need for a University which is "defined by its purpose, not by its processes" . The approach It is important that we take a consistent approach to our processes to ensure they are as efficient and effective as...

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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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Latest news and events

We are the champions - meet Claire Brind

9 December 2019

Becoming an ourcambridge champion means joining a fast-growing team of volunteers who are giving their time and energy to help make the University a better...

Case study: Work experience at the Department of Engineering

25 November 2019

Work experience is nobody’s baby. Often neglected and unloved, the hope is that it will go away if ignored. However, the Department of Engineering has...

Practice Makes Perfect

22 November 2019

In October over 70 members of professional services staff attended a seminar on introducing Communities of Practice (CoPs). The seminar was held in response to...

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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