Networks/Communities of practice

We're not just about courses......

We know from experience that informal and social learning methods can help people reflect upon and make sense of their role and the challenges they are facing. They often have a greater and longer lasting effect and we intend to increase our provision in this important area.

The University encourages and supports a range of formal and informal networks that help colleagues realise their potential, solve problems, develop their career, share good practice and broaden work perspectives and departmental/University/sector knowledge.

Communities of practice

Research community

The  is aimed at all academics and professional services staff who are interested in impact and engaged research. The Network brings them together to share best practice and information, to undertake training and to provide opportunities for networking

Academic Practice

The Academic Development team manage the really useful and hugely popular Academic Practice Network. Based around a WordPress blog it features resources, case studies and events and enables you to author posts and respond to information posted on the site. 

Heads of Discipline Network

The Heads of Discipline (HoD) Programme for new or relatively new HoDs has just been launched and includes an Induction phase followed by Leadership masterclasses. Participants have indicated they are keen to develop a HoD network which may be open to all HoDs. If you have an opinion, would like to help set it up, take part or any other queries, please email People Development

Social media

The University employs a variety of social media platforms and there are many groups that you can join and to which you can contribute.

In particular the Blogs and Facebook pages are terrific sources of information and discussion and the Twitter accounts are lively and kept up to date by many contributors.

There is an Exeter Yammer group along with Yammer specialist topic groups.

The University also supports Skype for business to help internal and external communications.

Networks for Professions

Each Profession may have its own professional network that connects staff with similar jobs and facing similar challenges and opportunities, usually encompassing staff from across the UK. Where present these are usually facilitated within each Profession and information will be contained on the relevant Profession webpage:

Technical Services – The University is a contributor to the national Technet forum.

The Exeter Branch of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) hold regular lunchtime seminars on a wide range of interesting topics - recent topics include "a day in the life of a wonk", the work of student sabbaticals and the results of a large transformation project at the University of Birmingham. AUA events are advertised in the Weekly Bulletin.

Don't forget our information about mentoring or coaching support.