What is Peer Shadowing?
Peer shadowing entails spending time with and observing the work of another member of staff in a department or role of interest in order to gain insight into work in that area.
Peer shadowing provides practical career and professional development in a way that allows staff to have a wider understanding and greater perspective of work practices.
Pilot Target Group
Professional services / support staff at Grade 6 and below who work closely with students and have a direct impact on the student experience.
For the pilot scheme we will accept applications from staff that meet the criteria above from the following areas:
|Registry and Student Services|
|Faculty Course Administrators||Faculty and Department Administrative Teams|
|Library Services||Library Services|
If a member of professional support staff would like to participate but feels that their role does not ‘fit’ within any of the above categories please contact your Organisational Development Team.
Peer shadowing between the IOE and UCL:
- is open to staff on Grade 6 and below;
- involves interaction with staff in an alternative working environment;
- is being piloted in the Summer term 2014 with the aim of further programmes running from 2015 onwards;
- requires 2 days placement to explore ‘a day in the life of...’
- requires specific objectives to be established at the outset of any arrangement; staff must have passed their probationary period before applying to shadow someone or to be shadowed and must obtain their line managers’ agreement for them to participate;
- requires a 4 day commitment in total as each participant would need to shadow (2 days) and be shadowed (2 days) along with attending a briefing event.
How Can You Get Involved?
The process is application driven in that once an application is received for consideration, individuals will be matched to a suitable counterpart at the other institution who have also submitted an application. The person doing the shadowing and the person being shadowed (the host) will then need to communicate prior to the actual placement to define a programme, its boundaries and objectives.
Applications have now closed for the pilot scheme. The pilot will run until the beginning of August 2014, at this point the scheme will be evaluated. Information about any future programmes will be advertised at this location.
The Benefits of Peer Shadowing
- A refreshed perspective and greater insight into other roles, departments, ways of working and institutions
- Cost effective career and professional development
- Staff can take ownership of their own development
- Both parties (person doing the shadowing and the person being shadowed, the host) and their institutions benefit from sharing knowledge and good practice
- Staff have the opportunity to reflect on their own work practices and possibly highlight areas for change
- Enhances career knowledge and understanding
- Allows staff to compare working styles, procedures and systems, organisational structure and raise awareness of what is working well and what could work better
- Excellent networking tool
- Breaks down barriers and develops relationships between institutions
- Broadens horizons of both the host institution and the visitor.