UK Mediation’s Dr Mike Talbot Speaks At UHR Conference 2018

Scott McIver Blog

Last Wednesday, UK Mediation was proud to attend the 2018 UHR Conference.

Now in its sixth year, the annual event is hosted by Universities Human Resources, the professional organisation for HR practitioners in UK and Eire universities.

Over the course of its three days’ duration in Bristol, the UHR Conference brought together an exciting range of plenary speakers, workshops, and activities, as well as a Gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Our CEO and founder, Dr Mike Talbot, was invited to speak at the event for the second year running, taking his place in an esteemed line-up that included several high-profile figures from the media and education sectors.

Our workshop, looking at effective dialogue in an education setting, was co-hosted alongside Samantha Birkett, People and Organisational Development Manager at Liverpool John Moore’s University. Having worked with us extensively in the past, Samantha was able to provide an insight into the role effective dialogue can have, as well as the benefits she continues to see in her organisation.

During the hour-long workshop, Dr Talbot was pleased to present our ‘4id Model‘, designed to re-establish communication and collaboration through an impartial third party.

“Here at UK Mediation, we understand that communication is at the heart of many important processes in the university environment. When communication fails, it can lead to interpersonal disputes, high staff turnover and poor working relationships. By utilising effective dialogue, we can look to prevent conflict before it happens, as well as resolving it when it does occur.”

With several hundred HR professionals in attendance at the conference, he continued:

“It was also great to have the opportunity to chat to attendees and answer queries that they had about effective communication, as well as conflict resolution in general. We received some excellent feedback and everyone was very enthusiastic and receptive to the ideas that we put forward.”

UK Mediation would like to thank Universities Human Resources for inviting us to take part and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.

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