IMHE "What Works" Conference 2007








Supporting Success and Productivity
Practical Tools for Making Your University a Great Place to Work

Paris, 3-4 September 2007

Higher education is going through a period of unprecedented change. Institutions are under pressure to improve quality, increase efficiency and open up access. Internationalisation, accountability and engagement are expected of them. As they compete for reputation, funding and students, they are increasingly competing for the highly-skilled faculty and staff who have choices about where to work.

Successful institutions are able to attract, retain, and motivate the best and brightest teaching faculty and researchers, and are supported by excellent technical and administrative personnel, maintenance staff, and a range of other workers.

Thus, they need to understand and address:

  • the positive impact on performance that highly-motivated staff can make;
  • the cost of unwanted turnover, sickness-absence, and drains on productivity;
  • policies and practices that affect recruitment, retention, and performance.

This conference on making your university a great place to work will bring together an international group of institutional leaders, managers, and researchers at the cutting edge of these issues. The resultant publication would provide an essential practical guide to promoting workplace happiness, motivation, and success in universities.

The conference will showcase important new practical employee support and research initiatives, address the practical forms interventions might take, and how academic institutions can promote a healthier balance between life inside and outside work. This will be done around the five factors that concern happiness and well-being in global higher education:

  • workload
  • work-life policies (monitoring, formal reviews, child-care)
  • family-career dynamics
  • collegiality (collaborative dynamics)
  • global satisfaction

For further information:

Provisional Programme 
Venue, Hotels and Restaurants
Guidelines for authors



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