First Investors in People Awards for Queen’s

First Investors in People Awards for Queen’s

ECIT Director Professor John McCanny (L) and Francis Guinane, Staff Training and Development Unit, celebrate their Investors in People awards

Queen’s has received its first Investors in People Awards which acknowledge good practice in the management and development of staff.

The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) and the Human Resources Directorate are the first departments within Queen’s to receive the nationally recognised award.

Investors in People is a framework, or set of standards, based on improving how people contribute to the achievement of organisational objectives – it is about effective management and development of staff.

Both areas have been working towards the achievement independently and were assessed separately with intensive on-site visits from external assessors.

Through meetings with a cross-section of staff from the two teams, management presentations and analysis of supporting records, the assessors were satisfied that the appropriate level of good practice in the management and development of staff was being demonstrated in each department.

In Human Resources, the assessor noted the enthusiasm and professionalism with which staff spoke about their roles, the pride shown by those working for the Directorate and Queen’s, and the focus on HR services provided and in working with each other.

Sean McGuickin, Director of Human Resources, said: “It is particularly pleasing that this award recognises that managers are effective in leading, managing and developing people and that all staff are supported with their learning and development.”

In ECIT, the assessor highlighted the excellent opportunities for learning and growth, the growing sense of teamwork and the fact that staff were very focused, felt valued and recognised, and were very committed.

Commenting on the awards, Professor John McCanny, ECIT Director, said: “This is the manifestation of the hard work and dedication by all here at the Research Institute, since opening in 2004, to foster an environment where teamwork and commitment is rewarded and is key to achieving the very challenging targets we set for ourselves.

“We set up ECIT with the aim of being a truly internationally leading Research Institute focused on tackling much bigger, more ambitious advanced technology challenges than is traditionally the case in a university setting.  That position can only be retained and built upon by recruiting, developing and retaining world leading researchers, academics, engineers and support staff in a very competitive global marketplace.

"This award will help us to do that. We will not be complacent, however, and will continue to review our performance and take the necessary action to ensure ECIT continues to grow and deliver ground breaking research of widespread benefit to the economy. This is evidenced, for example, by the growth in numbers of people working at the Institute and the growth in high technology business that has and is occurring on the Northern Ireland Science Park.” 

If any other departments would like to learn from the experiences of ECIT and Human Resources, the contact points are: Francis Guinane, Training and Development Manager, Human Resources and Lesley Moreland in ECIT.

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