Richard Blackwell

University of Nottingham

University of NottinghamDirector of Staff Development.

Established a new staff development function (1991-2000) centrally concerned with change, combining organisationally-focussed enhancement with sensitivity to the needs of departments and individuals.

Key achievements included co-authoring teaching and learning strategy, establishing an accredited postgraduate certificate for new academic staff and a leadership programme for deans and heads of departments. Instigated a competitive fund for whole department strategic change (circa 40 projects per year). Negotiated the extension of appraisal to secretarial and technical staff and its complete review for all staff.

External projects with colleagues from Manufacturing Engineering on strategic change in a developing country.