Press Releases 2016

UWTSD awarded Investors in People accreditation

12.01.2016

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is celebrating achieving accreditation against Investors in People (IIP) standards.  

IIP is a nationally recognised framework that helps organisations to improve their performance and realise their objectives through the effective management and development of their people.

IIP assessors visited the University last November to interview staff at all levels and across all of the University’s campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen, Lampeter, Cardiff and London. 

In their report, the IIP noted that “UWTSD is “future-focused” and has exciting initiatives and challenges ahead. There is a real focus on student experience . . . The mission of “Transforming education, transforming lives” has truly inspired people and encouraged the student focus across the university”.

The assessors also noted that “It is clear that there has been strong and inspirational leadership from the senior team during times of substantial change and staff have been involved and engaged in planning the future of UWTSD”.

The IIP assessment was the first to be conducted at UWTSD since the merger with Swansea Metropolitan in 2013.  Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor commented “This is excellent news and I am very grateful to the assessors for their positive feedback which attests to the hard work of staff during a time of significant institutional change.

“Universities are about people and we have excellent people at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  The dedication of our staff in ensuring the quality of the student experience, as well as the future success of the University is unquestionable.  The Investors in People accreditation attests to their professionalism and commitment.  I would like to thank our council members, staff and students for their unstinting support and contribution to the ongoing success of the University”.

The IIP Standard is based on three key principles of:

Plan – Developing strategies to improve the performance of the organisation

Do – Taking action to improve the performance of the organisation

Review – Evaluating the impact on the performance of the organisation. 

The objectives of the review were to evaluate the effectiveness of the University’s leadership, how universal the mission, vision and values are adopted and understood by staff, as well as how well the institution had managed cultural change.

In the report the assessors noted that “There is a focus on people contributing their ideas and suggestions, this has influenced unit/faculty strategies as well as the introduction of new services to students e.g. new courses. There is generally a supporting culture, enabled by effective managers. The vocational aspect of the university’s service has meant that everyone interviewed, senior managers, managers and employees alike have been enthusiastic about what the university is trying to do, this is evident in the way people talk about their colleagues and managers too.”

They also noted thatPeople feel personally valued for their contribution at all levels and can talk about how they’ve enabled the university’s success thus far, as well as the key things they will be doing in order to deliver key objectives in the near and distant future. Managers are generally very good at thanking their teams and the individuals within it for special efforts, this is a key contributor to those teams’ engagement levels.”

Jane O’Rourke, Director of Human Resources, added “This is an excellent report on the University’s effective management and development of its people.  The IIP framework provides a very effective means of planning, implementing and evaluating institutional performance through its people.  We recognise that this is an ongoing process but, at the same time, are very proud of this achievement, particularly at a time when the University has undergone such significant change.  I would like to thank the assessors for their support and all the staff who took part in the process”.

Some of the comments from staff noted by the assessor included:

“At the core of our decision making is helping students”

“We know who the leaders are, communication is good, the culture is open and honest. The leaders want to take us on the journey with them.”

We’re working with talented and lovely people”.

Further Information

Eleri Beynon 01267 676790