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Burnout + Blackout: building our resilience
What are your warning signals? As the days grow shorter, the blackout is coming. It has been a brutal year. How do you and your people recharge your batteries? – asks Fiona Anderson of

Managing wellbeing in a virtual world
In the first of our SummerWise* series of articles from some of our favourite sector voices, Diane Gilhooley and Rob Gray of Eversheds Sutherland reflect on the wellbeing challenge of these coronavirus days.

Learn to squish
Alex Killick reflects on the slow cultural shift around attitudes to mental health and wellbeing, and our individual roles in making things better

Why HR Professionals Should Be Selfish For A Change
Sue Chambers, Director of Human Resources at Aberystwyth University, argues in favour of a little selfishness when trying to maintain your work/life balance. In busy HR teams under permanent scrutiny, keeping your own energy levels high is vital to the task of doing great work.

The Ant and The Dove - Random Acts of Kindness in the Workplace
Alex Killick, Director of People at Glasgow Caledonian University, marks World Kindness Day by reflecting on how we can encourage kindness in the workplace.

Catching Up: A New Employment Model for a Changing Faculty
Sophie Harris, deputy director of HR at SOAS, University of London considers the changing structure and composition of the academic workforce in UK and US universities.

UHR / UCEA Employee Engagement Toolkit


Our Employee Engagement Toolkit has been produced with UCEA and provides examples of effective engagement projects that you can learn from, use and adapt for your own university’s situation. Thank you to all the HR engagement teams across the country for your ideas on this crucial aspect of the HR role.


Mind Mentally healthy universities UHR Scotland Presentation Sept 2021

Partnering with organisations to create workplaces that are more productive, engaging and fulfilling.

UCEA-UHR Engagement Indicator - summary and FAQs

Engage for Success - Engaging Managers' Zone

MIND Mentally Healthy Universities Programme Pilot Interim Report

UHR Scotland Conference December 2019 - Leading culture change - Jane Tidswell, Oliver Davidson

UHR Scotland Conference December 2019 - Good days at work - Ivan Robertson

Useful websites

Benchmarking engagement

A single engagement measure for HE

Amy Bradley Hult/Oracle do engagement surveys measure it Scotland 30 April 2019

UHR Scotland Dec 2018 law future-chemistry-burness-paull

Showcasing Good Practice February 2019 - University of Exeter - Jonathan Cresswell and Emily Williams - Integrating Apprenticeships

Showcasing Good Practice February 2019 - Glasgow Caledonian University - Adrian Lui - Advancing Gender Equality

Showcasing Good Practice February 2019 - University of Liverpool - Steve Plant - Give Get Go

Showcasing Good Practice February 2019 - Nottingham Trent University - Rashmi Patel - CUPA bursary and study visit key lessons

Showcasing Good Practice February 2019 - University of Edinburgh - Melissa Highton and Dominique Green - The Playfair Steps Initiative

Showcasing Good Practice February 2019 - SOAS - Emily Crofts - Fractional Process Improvement Project

Showcasing Good Practice February 2019 - Imperial University - Su Nandy - Active Bystander Training

Showcasing Good Practice February 2019 - Northumbria University - Lesley Lee and Jackie Rose - Academic Career Framework

UHR Engagement and Wellbeing for HE Framework

Showcasing Good Practice - Alex Killick - How People Services Re-energised a Workforce through Challenging times

Showcasing Good Practice - Sophie Harries - SOAS - Feb 2018

Showcasing Good Practice - Kate Lindsell and Imelda Rogers - University of Exeter - Feb 201

Showcasing Good Practice - Richard Lister and Sara Corcoran - University of Suffolk - Feb 2018

Showcasing Good Practice - Paul Stephenson - University of Surrey - Feb 2018

Showcasing Good Practice - Patrick Johnson - University of Manchester - Feb 2018

A joint cover note from UCEA and UHR for the IES study: Measuring Employee Engagement within the HE Sector

Measuring Employee Engagement within the Higher Education Sector

UHR mentoring resource pack for mentors



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