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Staff Development Forum

Staff Development Forum (SDF

 

Background

The Staff Development Forum (SDF) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, representing and working with staff and organisational developers in Higher Education (HE) to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and organisational performance of the sector and its workforce. Founded in 2004, and financially supported by the Leadership Foundation, the SDF is a nationally recognised and regionally representative network. Its key strategic aims are to:

  • Build capacity and capability in the HE sector through building an effective Community of Practice
  • Develop and nurture appropriate and supportive links with other relevant key partners and stakeholders
  • Advance and support a code of professionalism and professional standards
  • Exert a positive influence on key decision makers
  • Support the professional and career development of members
  • Enhance the profile of the profession
  • Equip members of the SDF Community to deliver excellent provision in support of the leadership/organisation development agenda within HE and to meet the needs of specialist staff in the sector

 

SDF works with partner organisations, regional networks and time-limited task groups. Its major support activities currently include:

  • SDF Fellowship
  • CPD Accredited Award Programmes:
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Staff and Organisational Development Practitioners
  • Leading Staff and Organisational Development
  • CPD Events Programme
  • SDF Spring Conference
  • LF/SDF Staff Development Conference
  • SDF Consultancy Service (offering tailored CPD events)
  • Special Interest Groups (SIG) (e.g. Coaching and Action Learning)
  • Project work with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Leadership Foundation (LF) and the Staff and Education Development Association (SEDA) as well as other relevant HE based groups
  • Newsletters, research and publications on strategic issues affecting HE and the staff development profession
  • Supporting the work of the LF

 

The SDF participates in the JISCmail networking system (JISCmail is a service that currently runs electronic discussion lists for UK academics and support staff). For more information about the SDF JISCmail discussion list and how to join it please download the SDF JISCmailbase Guidance Leaflet

 

SDF Structure

Key elements within the SDF structure are:

The structure, roles and responsibilities are detailed in the SDF Council and Board – Roles and Responsibilities Document

 

SDF Strategic & Operational Plans

The Staff Development Forum (SDF) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, representing and working with staff and organisational developers in Higher Education (HE) to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and organisational performance of the sector and its workforce. See our Strategic Plan for 2011-2013 andOperational Plan: 2012 – 2013 

 

The SDF and Digital Literacies

The focus of the SDF work with digital literacies is on using DLs as enablers that will help make it easier for staff developers to do their jobs. We recognise both the emphasis within the staff development community on subtle face-to-face engagements and the time and resource pressures that staff developers are under.

So examples of current DL initiatives include:

  • An online list of coaches and mentors to provide support within the SD community
  • An online list of coaches and mentors to make it easier for staff developers to identify potential coaches for their staff and, possibly, to promote reciprocal arrangements
  • An online repository of resources to support workshops etc
  • An online publication, the SDF Digest, which will have its first edition in 2013

 

The prime contact for the SDF’s work in this area is Andy Wilson – andywilson48@gmail.com. The other members of the team are Rosemary Benson (London Met) and Rebecca Radics (Nottingham Trent).

 

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