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For staff


I have great pleasure in announcing ‘ourcambridge’, a programme designed to recognise and realise the potential of our professional services staff – of you. ‘Ourcambridge’ is a light touch, dynamic initiative designed to help you in your busy roles – and to ensure you feel valued for the critical contributions you make to the University’s mission. It is a voluntary and inclusive programme, open to all the University’s professional services staff – academic-related and assistant, outside and inside the UAS.

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There are two complementary themes in ‘ourcambridge’: supporting our staff and simplifying our processes.

Supporting our staff

The first theme is ‘Supporting our Staff’, one of the principal aims of which will be to put in place a career structure for professional services staff.  This, we hope, will be a structure which provides support and guidance for those wishing to advance their careers here in Cambridge.  There will be a greater emphasis on developing transferable skills; and we will enable much easier movement across the University.  In addition to career structures, we will look at how we can build a greater sense of community and instil a culture of positivity, respect and creativity.  There will be many other avenues we will want to explore as the programme develops, to ensure that you all receive proper support.

Simplifying our processes

Secondly, but no less importantly, ‘Simplifying our Processes’, or, as it has colloquially been termed, ‘Untangling the Spaghetti’.  This is about building a consistent framework for change.  The framework will apply at many different levels.  At an institutional level, it will apply to the complex programmes of change in specialist operational areas, such as Finance and HR.  At a local level, it will aim to enable each of you to make changes to improve things for you and your teams.  We will do this by providing tools and time – expertise and backfill.  Rather than seeking perfection, we want approaches that are fit-for-purpose.  Ultimately, we want processes that are simple, effective and harmonised. 

Who is involved?

The whole programme will be overseen by a Programme Board. There will be an advisory board for each of the two themes:

  • Supporting our Staff, chaired by Emma Stone, our HR Director
  • Simplifying our Processes, chaired by Caroline Edmonds, Secretary of the School of Clinical Medicine.

The programme team comprises the following staff:

Emma Rampton Overall programme sponsor
Emma Stone Supporting our Staff (chair)
Caroline Edmonds Simplifying our Processes (chair)
Kate Maxwell Overall programme lead
Rachel Machon Supporting our Staff (lead)
Mark Rowland Simplifying our Processes (lead)
Louise Vincent Engagement and communications (lead)
Cordelia North Engagement and communications
Linda Spinks Process improvement manager

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Next steps

Change will not happen overnight – indeed, in ‘ourcambridge’, we are not striving for that.  We want to take incremental, small steps.  We want to learn from our successes and failures.  But most of all, we want to make a positive difference.

We are currently holding a number of launch events. At each event we will give an overview of the programme, hold a series of workshops to hear your suggestions and create an online ideas board.  There will be a website with more detail about the programme and, importantly, about the ways in which you can become involved.

This is a programme for you all.  It will work best if we have as much participation from you as you can provide, so that you can guide, develop and implement the professional services that you want to see here at Cambridge.

If you would like to submit your thoughts on ‘ourcambridge’, please use the link below. The team will consider all submissions and use them as a basis for planning and shaping the programme.

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