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Dynamic Working Group to look at hybrid working practices

A Dynamic Working Group has been established to reflect on what we have learned from the pandemic and consider how the University might adopt hybrid ways of working as we move forward from Covid-19 and lockdown.

The Group will make recommendations that enable us to use the lessons we learned around remote working over the past year, to provide an enhanced working experience for colleagues, while preserving Loughborough’s sense of community and the delivery of a first-class student experience.

The Group is chaired by Professor Andy Dainty, Dean of the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. The Project Sponsor is Adèle Mackinlay, Director of People and Organisational Development. The group’s members are:

  • Amanda Silverwood (Planning Officer)
  • Antuela Anthi Tako (Reader, School of Business and Economics)
  • Cunjia Liu (Reader, School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Clare Smith (Laboratory Assistant, SSEHS)
  • Deborah Bowen (School Registrar, Loughborough University London)
  • Hannah Baldwin (Head of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Advancement)
  • Martin Channell (Head of Programme Management Office, E&FM)
  • Sam Marshall (Senior Assistant Registrar, Doctoral College)
  • Steve Warren (Ops Manager, School of Design and the Creative Arts)

Steve Harris from the Change Team is Secretary to the Group.

Professor Dainty said: “The pandemic has shifted the way in which so many of us work at the University. That experience provides us with a unique opportunity to reconsider our working practices in the future, including the places we might work and our patterns of working."

The Dynamic Working Group will explore the roles and tasks people do at all levels of the University, colleagues’ preferences for how they might work, and the inclusion and fairness implications of any dynamic working practices.

It will look at the possible impacts of different practices on a range of issues, such as productivity, equality of opportunity, space usage and staff wellbeing, and will identify the support needed to enable any changes to be made.

Ultimately the Group will develop a framework of optimal future working practices that balance the considerations of both the University and staff.

Professor Dainty added: “We’re just at the very start of this process, and the considerations of staff will be hugely important to the Group’s work. The plan is to conduct a survey in early June to find out more about colleagues’ opinions on these matters and we’ll provide more information on that as we move forward over the coming weeks.”

In advance of the survey, if staff would like to contact the Dynamic Working group to share their thoughts and experiences, they can use the link below:

Contact the Dynamic Working Group