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connecting WITH OUR VALUES 

Ambition, Inclusiveness, Integrity, Teamwork, Pragmatism, Purposefulness

Our values have a direct impact on everybody in our community, from colleagues with decades of service, to students having their first thoughts about studying here.

Our values shape our culture, they give us clarity, consistency, and a common purpose. They help others know what to expect from us and help us to welcome new colleagues. Whether we’re experiencing a period of stability or living through uncertain times, our values are a touchpoint which helps to guide our interactions and decisions. 

As more colleagues return to campus, having a shared set of values can help us to connect with new people and to contribute to the communities both within the university and the wider area.

Connecting with our Values Tracey Lancaster, Deputy Vice Chancellor, talks about the values at Leeds Becket University, what they mean to her and how colleagues can join the conversation.

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Our values are part of our DNA as an institution.  We want to build our understanding of what the values mean for everyone at LBU, and how they will influence their work and our success.

Connecting our values

Now is the time to start thinking about how we bring the LBU values to life through our work, as individuals, as teams or as part of the wider university. This is the start of the conversation.

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What can I do next?

There are lots of ways that you can start talking about our values:

  • Use our MS Teams to share what the values mean to you.  You could share an example of how you’ve seen the values bought to life here.  You might leave a short story or share a photo which captures our values in action.    
  • Colleagues attended values workshops in May and June. The workshops were an opportunity to share experiences of living the values in our work at LBU. To see the feedback and insights from these you can visit our MS Teams.  If you’d like to share what the values mean to you in a less public space, you can email us at values@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
  • Your PDR is also a natural opportunity to begin conversations about our values and how they connect with your work.  Our Preparing for My PDR Guide can help you get started, visit the PDR webpage for further guidance
  • If you're interested in running a values session as part of a school or service away day or team meeting, please email POD@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for ideas.
  • Make time to contribute to these conversations in any way you can. Every voice is important.    
  • Look out for more going on within our Teams channel and new sessions on celebrating our values exemplars taking place from September onwards.
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How our values were formed

Our colleagues have been and will remain central to forming our values. 

The conversation began when our Senior Management Group were asked to engage with teams to provide feedback and ideas around potential organisational values. 

This was followed by an all-colleague email from the Vice Chancellor asking colleagues for their input.

After receiving responses from across the university, the University Executive Team agreed on a finalised set of values.
They were later announced in an email to all colleagues from the Vice Chancellor.

what if my personal values are different?

Every colleague has their own set of values, unique to their background, relationships and experiences of life and work.  We wouldn’t expect you to adopt LBU’s shared values as your own in all aspects of your life. 

We would, however, like you to think about your own personal values and to identify any similarities. In this way, you can make a connection with what is important to you as an individual and bring this to your contributions at work.

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