An email circulated inviting all staff to sign up for one or the “change meetings”. Following the IET review that took place earlier in the year, consultants have been hired to to manage the transition process. I’m still not 100% sure what we are transitioning to, but I think that that is yet to be firmed up. Meanwhile, IET staff were invited to these meetings to put their views forward.
Up until the end of September, I was a full time student. I am now a part-time researcher in IET. As a student, although I was deeply interested in what was going on, I felt that it wasn’t really my place to voice an opinion. As a member of staff, I got the impression from the email that I had to attend.
The meeting was interesting. It really is good to see everybody being consulted. I was surprised to realise that I didn’t know the names of many of the people in the room, and it was clear that some people were quite concerned about the process. In this situation, I did not want to speak up, because I worried that I might inadvertently upset somebody that I didn’t know.
I left the meeting feeling quite confident in the consultants, which was good. But I did feel that really, I could have spent 2 hours more productively.
by Gill Clough