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Still I rise

Date & Time:

18th June 2019
11:15 - 11:45


Meeting Room 1b

Please note: this session is a PechaKucha and is booked with ‘Celebrating Research Impact from an international perspective: from National Assessment Frameworks to the Impact Ranking’ as a block. 

Change is one of the few certainties in life and, in Research and Business Development functions change has now become the routine rather than exception. For many, change can lead to anxiety, depression and a lack of productivity and performance. How do we lead teams and create the right environment and culture to ensure that change is not only welcome but leads to increased performance from the teams?

To showcase a successful example I will use my team, the Research Development unit (RDU) who has been through numerous changes in the last 4 years: of management, environment and leadership. Despite operating in different buildings and environments, they carried on working together, communicating openly and developed trust, which helped them to be resilient as a team and individuals. During my presentation, I will share the approach that I used since managing the team, which includes a mixture of personal and team reflection, growth mind-set and focus on strengths. This has all resulted in a great annual performance with the RDU being shortlisted for the outstanding university award in June 2018 for their outstanding performance and contribution to the corporate funding targets.

Presented by:

Dr Camelia Dijkstra - Head of the Research Development Unit, Coventry University


Theme: Culture, environment & people
Level: Open to all
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 11:15 - 11:45
Room: Meeting Room 1b