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Update on Dynamic Working

Work is progressing to operationalise Dynamic Working at the University from the start of this academic year.

Dynamic Working is an approach that centres on the operational effectiveness and culture of the organisation, whilst allowing colleagues more flexibility in the way that they work, and particularly their location where roles allow.

The project began earlier this year through the Dynamic Working Group, led by Professor Andy Dainty. A Project Management Board, chaired by the Chief Operating Officer, Richard Taylor, has now been set up to implement the initiative.

Over the summer, briefing sessions were held for managers from the Schools and Professional Services to discuss the practicalities of implementing Dynamic Working. From this a set of Frequently Asked Questions have been developed to help guide staff and managers. These will be available on a new Dynamic Working website from early next week.

In the next phase, throughout September, managers will be meeting with staff in their areas to discuss the overarching principles of Dynamic Working, each member of staff’s personal circumstances and how Dynamic Working might apply to their working patterns.

From the start of October, managers will be finalising the guidelines for their staff and beginning to implement Dynamic Working across their teams, with a view to it being operational, for appropriate roles, by 31st October.

Alongside the dynamic working project, a strand of work on meetings has been taking place, the principles and detailed guidance for which are being finalised.

At this stage the chosen format of meetings (online, in-person or hybrid) should be based primarily on which option offers the best chance to achieve the meeting’s objectives. Those organising meetings should also be mindful of the circumstances of those invited to the meeting, and aim to choose a format that supports effective engagement from all attendees, as well as reduced room capacities in response to the social distancing measures adopted by the University.