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UCA wins Developing Excellent Practice Award

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has received the Staff Development Forum (SDF) Developing Excellent Practice Award 2018 for the work its Learning & Development team is doing to support staff across the University.

The sector-wide award, which is sponsored by Good Practice, recognises teams which have launched an initiative or project during the previous academic year that has made a significant and positive impact to the learning and development and organisational development environment, while demonstrating evidence of both internal and external collaboration.

UCA’s Learning & Development team, which consists of Head of Organisational Learning & Development, Employee Engagement and Wellbeing Sara Jackson, L&D Facilitators Lidija Jones and Philippa Nightingale and Learning and Development Co-ordinator Jo Whitbourn, was shortlisted and later went on to win the award for their commitment to implementing a strategic workplace learning framework that boosts individual, team and organisational performance.

Lidija said: “We are incredibly proud to have received the SDF Developing Excellent Practice Award 2018 for the work we are doing to support all staff across UCA. Our staff are such an important asset to the University, offering excellent links to the creative industries and research in their fields, and keeping the student experience at the heart of what they do.

“Currently our work is focussing on implementing an online performance management platform, developing UCA values and generating a coaching culture at UCA.”

The Staff Development Forum (SDF) is a charitable organisation which represents and works with staff and organisational developers in Higher Education to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and organisational performance of staff across the sector.

As the UK’s Modern University of the Year and the second largest provider of creative education in Europe, UCA has been producing exceptional graduates for the global creative sector for more than 150 years. More than 7,500 students study across a diverse portfolio of 120 creative arts, business and technology courses at campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Rochester, Hampton Court and Maidstone as well as by distance learning.