Invisible Grail will be making for the case for why and how narrative will be vital to engage hearts and minds across and beyond the university through an interactive workshop and as exhibitors during the SDF conference.
This year the SDF conference will be inviting delegates to take a step back and consider their own practice and the sea-change needed to support others in shifting theirs.
Not much is certain in this environment, except for the need to learn and adapt, skills which are nurtured by the expertise and drive of staff developers.
This reflection is needed now more than ever. Over the last few years, universities have been rocked by the changing tides of public opinion and perception of value. Not much is certain in this environment, except for the need to learn and adapt, skills which are nurtured by the expertise and drive of staff developers.
Contributing as presenters and exhibitors, Paul Gentle and Louise Clifton, Directors at Invisible Grail, will be exploring the role that narrative plays in strengthening both an individual and collective sense of purpose, resilience and energy needed to weather this storm.
Learning from insights taken from their work with over 30 universities in the last year, they’ll be considering new ways to connect people to their role and purpose, and so effect change in the practices of their leaders.
Looking afresh at narrative
On Day One, Paul and Louise will be hosting an interactive one-hour workshop on ‘looking afresh at narrative’. They will share new techniques to explore delegates’ professional narrative and how to communicate this with greater clarity and impact.
During the workshop, ingrained expectations and perceptions of the role of a staff developer will be challenged. Using this as the foundation of the workshop, delegates will then move on to create their own professional narrative.
The big reveal
Invisible Grail have partnered with the SDF to organise a conference wide activity. Taking place over the two days, the activity will focus on the first theme of the conference and ask delegates to take a provocative look at their purpose. The big reveal will take place during the opening of Day One.
Looking afresh at narrative: the workshop details
Paul and Louise will be on hand throughout the conference to answer any questions you may have.
The conference is taking place from Thursday 29 to Friday 30 November 2018 at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel.
The full conference schedule can be found here: SDF conference 2018