Shadow Matching Scheme: the BIG reveal

Building on the success of last year’s pilot Shadow Matching Scheme, we were delighted to run this scheme again and to invite 78 participants to this year’s 2017 launch event on Thursday 22 June.

The scheme has been set up to facilitate informal meetings between professional colleagues from academic schools and central services.  The objective is to break down some of the silos in which we too often operate and to help the participants better understand the work of other parts of the University, as well as provide them with a fresh look at their own professional practice.

Last Thursday’s event kicked-off this year’s scheme and was the first opportunity for all the matched pairs to meet. The pairs began discussing their roles and what they were hoping to get from the shadowing visits through a series of fun and engaging activities and are now ready to organise their reciprocal visits. These will typically take place over two half-days over the course of the summer.

The Shadow Matching Scheme is part of the “Excellence through partnerships” enhancement theme of the ‘Excellence Initiative‘, which the Academic Division has been running since 2012 for professional staff in the University’s schools and faculties.

More information about this scheme and others is available on the Excellence Initiative website, the go-to place for all professional staff in schools to learn about the various projects which have been put in place under the Excellence Initiative since its launch.

In addition, colleagues may wish to consider taking part in the Erasmus staff mobility scheme which provides excellent staff shadowing and training opportunities at other European universities.

If you have any question or suggestions about this scheme, please contact