Higher Education

Aurora – my CPD goals for 2020

I have recently been matched with a mentor to guide me through my Aurora journey. It took some time for me to get a mentor as I was part of an early cohort. So, I am in a celebratory mood.

In January I had a get-to-know mentor-mentee meeting which was very productive. My mentor is undertaking a coaching course, so had a professional template for undertaking management coaching/mentoring in the workplace. I was very pleased, because that was my preferred style of working too and I also felt reassured as we had a confidentiality agreement between us.

During the subsequent meeting, we worked on my focus for the next few years and also a CPD plan for 2020. My focus for the next few years involves working more in the forefront to support students and staff. It was already something that I was doing, but I would definitely like my work to have a large percentage of support activities and less low-level administrative work. This is a struggle that most women of colour face, however competent we are, we will still be thrown into the background and hardly get a chance to be in the limelight, despite often being the person behind successful ideas and projects. My CPD plan for 2020 includes:

  1. completing my Senior Fellowship of HEA
  2. having some shadowing experience in frontline Student Support and Wellbeing
  3. being involved in more (re)validation of taught programmes, in particular, online programmes
  4. completing my Aurora programme

These are not “just” four goals, but they required lots of hours of preparation, meetings, and reflections that will help improve my practice, something that I have always been very keen on (read my thoughts on lifelong learning).

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