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BIG Energy Upgrade launched procurement and supply chain report at the Green Deal Value Chain event

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Richard Mellish, Head of the Green Deal Programme at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) addressed the BIG Energy Upgrade Green Deal Value Chain event at The University of Sheffield on Tuesday 18 September 2012. The event celebrated the contribution of the BIG Energy Upgrade to the national Green Deal and looked at future implications for homes and businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Mellish joined policy makers, representatives from local authorities, green deal providers, academics from the University of Sheffield and a panel of the UK’s biggest energy providers to discuss how to maximise the benefits that the Green Deal could provide to the region.

The BIG Energy Upgrade: Procurement and supply chain report – Green Deal and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Supply Chains Delivery – was launched at the Green Deal Value Chain event and a copy of that report can now be downloaded.

For more information about this post, please see:

http://www.shef.ac.uk/cees/news

http://shef.ac.uk/news/nr/partnership-celebrates-ground-breaking-green

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/bigenergyupgrade

 

Cyberbullying in the workplace

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Cyberbullying through e-mail, text and web posts is as common in the workplace as conventional bullying but even more difficult to uncover, research by experts from the University of Sheffield has revealed.

Occupational psychologists Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley of the University of Sheffield, together with Dr Iain Coyne of the University of Nottingham, turned the focus of their investigation onto cyberbullying of adult workers, instead of younger people in schools, for which more research has taken place.

The results of their research will be revealed at a seminar during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual Festival of Social Science at an event in the Showroom Workstation, Paternoster Row, on Wednesday 7 November 2012 from 5pm until 8pm.

The team will also make suggestions on how employers should tackle and prevent cyberbullying in the workplace. Researchers believe that cyberbullying will become more important as communication technologies continue to evolve and become more widespread.

The study included three separate surveys among employees in several UK universities, asking people about their experiences of cyberbullying in the workplace.

Survey respondents were given a list of what can be classed as bullying, such as being humiliated, ignored or gossiped about, and were asked if they had faced such behaviour online and how often.

Of the 320 people who responded to the survey, around eight out of ten had experienced one of the listed cyberbullying behaviours on at least one occasion in the previous six months.

The results also showed 14 to 20 per cent experienced them at least once a week – a similar rate to conventional bullying. The research team also examined the impact of cyberbullying on workers’ mental strain and wellbeing.

“Our research showed that cyberbullying has a stronger negative impact on employee mental strain and job satisfaction than traditional, face to face bullying does,” said Dr Axtell.

The research team also found that the impact of witnessing cyberbullying was different than that seen for conventional bullying.

“In more traditional, face to face bullying, seeing someone else being bullied also has a negative impact on the wellbeing of the witness,” said Dr. Sprigg. “However, we didn’t find the same negative effect for those who said they had witnessed others being cyberbullied.

“This might be because we are less aware of other people’s reactions online, and so the witnesses might not empathise so much with the victims. This could potentially mean that they are less likely to intervene,” Dr Axtell added.

The results of the research, which was partly funded by Sheffield University Management School, will be presented at a seminar to business representatives. “We believe our research will likely have implications for the way that employers formulate policies and guidelines relating to cyberbullying, and the seminar will be an opportunity for us to discuss our findings and learn about the experiences of other employers,” Dr Coyne said.

Additional information

Festival of Social Science

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.

This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 170 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival.

The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.

Contact

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Paul Mannion
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The University of Sheffield
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University of Sheffield Management School experts address key workplace issues.

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

A one-day event ‘Good Work for Good Health’  hosted at Electric Works in Sheffield  on Wednesday 17th October of set out to explore some of the critical issues in health and wellbeing in the 21st Century workplace.

Dr. Christine Sprigg, Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, spoke on the topic ‘Interventions to reduce the Health Impact of Workplace Bullying: Where do we go from here?’  While there is limited research in the area, research evidence leaves little doubt that those who see themselves as being targets of workplace bullying report detriments to their psychological health.

While there is  limited academic evaluation of the effectiveness of workplace interventions on bullying Dr Sprigg suggested that it may be time to consider a more novel way of tackling this issue.  This could include protecting employees from the harmful impact of bullying on their health by boosting personal self esteem and optimism, rather than using policies and staff training to highlight what bullying behaviours are.  The audience were also encouraged to get involved with current research on cyber bullying.  Find out more about this research at:

http://www.iosh.co.uk/books_and_resources/published_research.aspx#Research

A seminar on this topic will be held at the University of Sheffield on 7 November  as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.  The seminar is free of charge.  You can register here http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/events/workplace-cyberbullying

Dr Pauline Dibben Reader in Employment Relations was invited to run a seminar on ‘Job security, disability and return to work: controversies, costs and equity’. The session was very well attended, and stimulated lively group discussion. Some key themes included: the lack of attention to disability in research on job security; the need to manage absence effectively through drawing on 6 points of good practice; and the challenges of measuring the cost effectiveness of interventions for return to work. Dr Dibben also encouraged participants, who held various positions within the NHS, the voluntary sector and private sector, to continue discussions after the event in order to take forward positive initiatives.

For further information see:

https://www.sheffieldfirst.com/news-and-events/events

 

CIPD seminar: New trends in leadership

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This seminar is in association with CIPD South Yorkshire Branch and the University of Sheffield Management School.

Date: 14 November 2012
Time:
5.30 to 7.30pm
Venue:
Boardroom, ICOSS, Sheffield
To register: Please contact Kelly Walker: 0114 23433 or K.Walker@sheffield.ac.uk

About the seminar
Dr Ute Stephan at the Institute of Work Psychology at the Management School, will deliver this session, providing an overview of current trends in leadership including the evolving concepts of authentic, ethical and servant leadership as well as leading with meaning. The session will then look at the more strategic view on leadership and discuss what we can learn from leadership research on expert entrepreneurs as well as elaborating on the implications for leadership training and development. The session will be interactive and provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their experience.

For further information about CIPD visit http://www.cipd.co.uk/


ESRC event: Walking the tightrope

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Management School is pleased to announce further success at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

Date: 8 November 2012
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: The Edge, The University of Sheffield, Endcliffe
To register: Click here to register your free place at the seminar

This one-day symposium explores how to create effective people, teams and organisations by drawing on the shared expertise and experience of a group of exceptional performers from the worlds of sport, medicine, specialist security and business.

Speakers include:

  • Andy McCann, Sam Brearey, Andy Halliday, – from the World of Elite Sport
  • Mark Stacey – Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS
  • Dr Paul Thomas – BBC Business Doctor, Leadership and Research Fellow in Complexity in Practice
  • Keri Jones – HR Advisor
  • Dr Ute Stephan – Expert in leadership from the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield
  • Neil Francombe and Steve Eaton – Specialist forces and firearms command

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at local and national businesses.

Further information

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival

Want some tips on how to become an entrepreneur?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Dr Tim Vorley, a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield’s Management School, is mentioned in Income magazine regarding one of his recent seminars giving advice on becoming a successful entrepreneur.

 http://www.incomemagazine.ro/articol_85035/sfaturi-de-antreprenoriat-de-la-un-profesor-britanic.html

ESRC event: Cyberbullying in the workplace

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Management School is pleased to announce the Institute of Work Psychology has successfully secured funding for an ESRC event as part of the Festival of Social Sciences.

Date: 7 November 2012
Time: 5-8pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
To register: Click here to register your free place at the seminar

This seminar forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.  Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley (all at the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), Management School) and Dr Iain Coyne (at the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations (I-WHO), University of Nottingham), will outline the findings of their recent research in this seminar entitled ‘Punched from the screen: Cyberbullying in the workplace.’

The study, one of the first on workplace cyberbullying in the UK, explores the prevalence, impact and frequency of cyberbullying amongst 320 university staff members.

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at local and national businesses.

Further information:

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival

Event – ‘Employee Volunteering – What have you got to Offer?’

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

‘Employee Volunteering – What have you got to Offer?’ – The Third Meeting of the Employee Volunteering Network.

Half day workshop taking place on Tuesday 24th July 9.30am – 1pm

KC Stadium, Hull, Main Entrance, West Stand, Hull – Needler Suite

Background to the event

This is a joint event hosted and sponsored by KC with the Hull University Business School and the University of Sheffield Management School. It is designed to bring together business, public and third
sector organisations to explore the value in working together to develop employee volunteering for maximum community and business impact.

This is an ongoing network of organisations and professionals that work in the field of employee volunteering and participation and it also is open to anyone who is working in this field. This meeting of the network focuses upon the need for a stronger partnership approach which matches the requirements of both business and third sector partners. Including the marketing and costing needs for the third sector and the skills and development requirements of employers. It is hoped that by creating a space for organisations to come together that new more effective ways of working will emerge.

The workshop will feature presentations from organisations developing brokerage and marketing models around ESV and will begin with open plenary presentations by Anna Millar (KC), Nigel Mills and Emma Platt-Lowe (Humber East Yorkshire Community Foundation) and Dave Smith (The Social Enterprise Support Centre, Leeds) and Tim McGinley (University of Reading). The remainder of the workshop will then be spent in working groups where we will develop an outline of the component that each party needs to gain from ESV. Followed by a short feedback session and ending with a lift-pitch/speed dating session over lunch. It should be fun!

The event is free to attend. To register please follow this link.


There is also a linkedin group linked to the network which you can join here.

4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 12-14 September, 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The University of Sheffield Management School is proud to be involved in organising the 4th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) to be held in Birmingham, UK from September 12-14, 2012. Each year ISIRC brings together the international academic community focusing on social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation. Confirmed speakers include Dennis Young (Georgia State University), Alex Nicholls (Oxford University), Graham Smith (University of Southampton), Pascal Dey (St Gallen University), Pete Alcock (University of Birmingham), Fergus Lyon (Middlesex University) and Roger Spear (the Open University).

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 20 April.  Please see the website http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/NewsandEvents/ISIRC/tabid/875/Default.aspx for more details.

The conference organisers will be editing a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Management ( http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=0CwPlpXjbAo%3D&tabid=392&mid=959) drawing upon papers from the conference. Other selected papers will be fast-tracked for publication in Social Enterprise Journal and the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

Dr Ute Stephan member of the Institute of Work Psychology and the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development, and director of the new MSc in Leadership is involved in ISIRC on behalf of the University of Sheffield Management School.

The BIG Energy Upgrade launched in Sheffield by the Rt Hon Chris Huhne

Friday, September 30th, 2011

An innovative project, which is set to install low carbon measures in houses in some of the most deprived areas in Yorkshire and Humber, was launched on Thursday 29 September 2011 at the University of Sheffield ICOSS centre, by the Rt Hon Chris Huhne, MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

The launch featured a key note address from the Rt Hon Chris Huhne who explained the importance of tackling energy efficiency.

He said: “Energy efficiency is a no brainer because it makes homes warmer and cheaper to run. The Big Energy Upgrade is a great example of different organisations working together to help the most disadvantaged communities in Yorkshire. We want to see more of this collaborative working to help the effectiveness of the Green Deal when it’s launched next year. The new Green Deal will be the biggest home improvement plan since the second world war, helping to insulate people against rising energy prices at no upfront cost.”

The BIG Energy Upgrade takes a `whole house´ approach to energy conservation; UK households identified in ten disadvantaged communities across Yorkshire and the Humber will benefit from a package of measures highly individual for each of the households and will ensure householders achieve the best energy efficiency performance through the measures. The initiative represents a big step forward in the way insulation and micro generation are integrated and will make a huge difference to deprived communities.

The project is being led by Kirklees Council and partners include six local authorities, four Arms Length Management Housing Organisations, two Registered Social Landlords across Yorkshire and the Humber, Yorkshire Energy Services along with University of Sheffield, who will monitor the performance of the installed measures; look at behavioural issues linked with energy consumption; support the supply chain associated with the programme and monitor energy consumption in some of the households.

The University of Sheffield´s Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett, said: “We´re delighted to be working in partnership with regional local authorities on this flagship project which we´re supporting through a multi-disciplinary team including architecture, supply-chain, digital technology, civil engineers and psychology. This allows understanding of the problem as a whole: the building, the new energy technologies, and importantly the human behaviour.

“The University´s strength of partnership with our region is rarely more important than in a project of this nature that is piloting solutions to the integrated challenges of carbon emissions, economic growth, and fuel poverty.”

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and Associate Dean at the University of Sheffield’s Management School, is the Principle Investigator of The Big Energy Upgrade project said: “This project brings together the University’s cross cutting team from energy and environment, using a truly multi-disciplinary approach to tackle these important energy challenges in society. We look forward to working closely with the local authorities and other partners in pioneering this low carbon direction.”

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Big energy upgrade partners

The project will run until March 2014 and will act as a catalyst in attracting further funding towards energy efficiency projects, which in turn will create more demand for materials and skills in the area of retrofitting and micro generation. As well as creating 114 new jobs, it will also help to prepare the region, in terms of knowledge and experience, for the delivery of a new area-based `whole house` approach to be delivered as part of the Government´s Green Deal post 2012.

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