The PA & Administrator Network offers development, support and networking opportunities for all staff who perform a PA or administrative function as part of their role. Job titles may vary from Executive Assistant (EA), Personal Assistant (PA) to Office Manager or Administrator, amongst others! These staff members all perform vital roles within the college and can experience isolation within their local work environment. The networking group aims to rectify this by providing access to tailored development opportunities and sharing experiences with like-minded colleagues.

The initiative was jointly developed by the LDC and a group of PAs to disseminate good practice, increasing collaborative relationships and maximising the developmental opportunities that are available at Imperial. The group has been particularly successful in reducing the sense of isolation and forging links between colleagues doing similar roles.

Things we’ve done...

We’ve held forums covering topics such as Assertiveness, Action Learning Sets, Myers Briggs assessments, coaching and shadowing opportunities. We’ve arranged a variety of presentations from various Directors across College and external guest speakers such as a previous PA of the Year (who gave a very inspirational talk) and a member of the AUA (Assoc. of University Administrators).

PA & Administrator Buddy Scheme

The PA & Administrator Network Buddy Scheme is a voluntary and informal scheme, available for all staff who are new to PA and Administrative type roles. It offers a point of contact, a ‘friendly face’ for New Starters, and creates links with staff that share similar responsibilities. The Buddy Scheme web page provides further details and options to request a Buddy or become a Buddy for new staff.

How to find out more and get involved

If you would like to find out more or join the group, please contact the pa-admin-network-committee@imperial.ac.uk or any of our volunteer committee members:

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