University holds first Professional Services Conference

Published: 20 January 2020

Event was themed around"collaborating to deliver excellence in Professional Services"

Our first Professional Services Conference themed around “collaborating to deliver excellence in Professional Services” took place on Friday, 10 January, attended by around 350 staff.

The event was hugely popular and sold out in record time - a testament to the hard work that went into developing a wide-ranging agenda and the marketing of the event.

Professional Services conference video

The conference was organised by a working group led by myself, Clare Ennis in EOD (Employee and Organisational Development) - which included representatives from across the University who worked hard to deliver an informative, developmental and fun dayWe hosted both internal and external speakers, as well as panels of leaders, giving the audience a chance to take part in interactive sessions.Professional Services Conference 650

These included:

  • A Q&A session with Deputy Vice Chancellor Professional Neal Juster,
  • Video presentations from Dame Anna Dominiczak and Dr David Duncan
  • The launch of the Glasgow Professional behavioural framework led by Lesley Cummings, Director of Performance and Reward in central HR
  • A session on professional networking led by external facilitator Cordelia Ditton
  • A session on productivity and effective working led by external facilitator Miles Seecharan
  • A leadership panel moderated by Professor Frank Coton who also acted as conference moderator
  • Energisers led by the team at UofG Sports
  • Opportunities for networking with and learning from other PS colleagues

Delegates also had the opportunity to visit some fantastic exhibition stands highlighting some of the great work going on across our university by Professional Services colleagues.Professional Services Conference (2) 650

Feedback on the event has been excellent, and we hope to run similar events in the future.

We are working hard behind the scenes to make the conference content available to all staff over the coming weeks, more information on this when these are available. A number of further questions were raised during the day and subsequently we are working through these to ensure we follow up and provide responses to points we were unable to address during the sessions.

We would like to thank all those who volunteered and provided exhibitions on the day, as well as the speakers, panel members and our colleagues in the Audio-Visual, Catering, Security, Janitorial and Facilities teams for further contributing to the success of the event.

Clare Ennis

People and Organisational Development Partner


First published: 20 January 2020