For Professional Staff
UniSA provides a range of opportunities for ongoing learning and development.
An induction program involving a mix of face-to face sessions, on-line and text based resources is available for all new staff. Details are available on the HR Unit’s induction site.
The Quick Guide for newly appointed professional staff provides answers to some of the initial questions you might have as you commence work with the University and the legislated and ethical responsibilities of UniSA staff online induction workshop will help you understand your responsibilities.
Performance development and management
A critical part of performance management is staff development where goals are negotiated between supervisors and staff to enhance capabilities required for successful performance in current roles, but also to facilitate career development.
The HR Unit’s Organisational Development group has developed a number of guides to assist supervisors and staff to determine and prioritise developmental needs. These include:
- Quick Guide for Developing Professional Staff @ UniSA
- Quick Guide to Managing Your Development
- Professional Development Starter Questions for Career Conversations
- Providing Quality Feedback: A Good Practice Guide
- Development Needs Assessment (DNA) Matrix for Professional Staff
- Team Development Needs (TDN) Matrix for Professional Staff
Career management skills
In today's world of work the term 'career' is seen as a continuous process of learning and development. Having a career doesn’t just mean climbing up the career ladder to increasing responsibility. It can also mean shifting the focus of your work into new areas at the same level, developing new skills, expanding your current skills through development and on-the-job assignments, or shifting to a new career path.
The online Career Development Guide will assist you to take an active role in your ongoing career development. The Career Guide which focuses on self awareness in relation to interest, capabilities, values and constraints; researching and identifying career options; decision making, preparing applications and performing in interviews
WorkSmart is a suite of professional development activities designed for professional staff up to HEO level 8. Utilising the expertise and knowledge of UniSA staff, along with external consultants and training providers.
The WorkSmart program offers a suite of workshops, seminars and activities designed to:
- Build capability
- Share knowledge among staff about good practice, and enhance understanding of the University and its processes
- Build collaboration and networks to support our efforts.
Leadership and Management
One of the keys to success for any organisation is the effective management and supervision of staff. The Organisational Development group provide a number of activities and resources to build individual and organisational capability in this area.
The toolkit for supervisors contains a number of ‘quick guides’ to assist staff in supervisory roles.
The Art of Supervision is an action learning toolkit to help staff build their skills in the people management function of the role. While the Art of Supervision is designed primarily for staff new to supervisor roles, more experienced supervisors will find sections of the toolkit beneficial for references and tips. The Art of Supervision toolkit is complemented by workshops in both the WorkSmart program and Leadership Dimensions forums which provides staff with the opportunity to explore issues in more depth through discussion with peers and experienced practitioners.
Leadership Dimensions-Management Conversations
The Leadership Dimensions forums and workshops provide opportunity for development and networking for senior professional staff at UniSA. These forums combine presentations by experts with facilitated discussion, designed to explore a range of contemporary leadership and management issues. The activities are open to senior professional staff (typically staff at HEO level 7/8 and above) with responsibility for leading and managing a team or whose role involves influencing the work of other staff or teams.
Women’s development program
UniSA provides both professional and academic women with opportunities to engage in constructive development activities and to link their individual learning needs with organisational priorities. The women's development program complements the full range of development activities offered across the University.
The Professional Development for Indigenous Staff initiative provides funding to local areas to support the professional development of Indigenous staff who are newly appointed to UniSA. Further information is provided in the guidelines.
The Study Assistance Scheme provides support for staff seeking to gain or upgrade a qualification. Details of the scheme are set out in the Study Assistant Guidelines for Professional, Security, Grounds and Document Services Staff (pdf 124kb download Adobe Acrobat) and Frequently Asked Questions.
Claims for study completed in the academic year are submitted to the Human Resource Unit by the end of February of the following year.
The Mentoring @ UniSA guide is written for both mentors and mentees and explores how mentoring can be arranged for the mutual benefit of the participant and the University.
Student administration and system training
Student & Academic Services offer a number of training courses which include sessions on Class Scheduling, Enrolments, Exam Planner, Results Grade Entry, Timetabling and UniSAInfo. See the SAS training schedule for details.
BI Reporting training
Planning and Institutional Performance have developed a suite of resources to support staff in using BI Reporting to find data about enrolments, evaluations, student satisfaction, graduate outcomes and much more. Online videos as well as information about face-to-face training is available from the training page of the BI Hub.