Multi Professional Teams

Northern Collaboration Learning Exchange: Working together- exploring the value and opportunity of multi-professional teams.


20 November 2018, Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield


Does your job increasingly require you to work across teams and professional boundaries? Would you like tips on achieving positive results from cross-team working?  If so, this Northern Collaboration Learning Exchange is for you:

There is growing evidence of the importance of working across professional boundaries to help ensure a cohesive approach to service provision, development and successful student engagement.  The health sector has led the way and libraries are now increasingly seen as early adopters .  Last year’s SCONUL report ‘Mapping the future of academic libraries’ described multi-professional collaborations as crucial, and the value of the ‘softer’ skills required to work across teams and professional boundaries is clear.

To surface some of the challenges and opportunities associated with multi-professional teams, the Northern Collaboration is hosting a Learning Exchange on 20th November. Speakers from different organisational and professional backgrounds will present their perspectives, and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and interaction. 

The event is free, and is aimed at library professionals, managers from library services and managers from other professional services. Academic colleagues would also be most welcome.

Provisional programme

10.30   Arrival and refreshments

11.00   Personal perspectives

  • Senior leadership: Alison MacKenzie, Dean of Learning Services, Edge Hill University
  • Public library services: the Kirklees experience of establishing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Student services : Ben Hodgson, Head of Disability Services, University of Sunderland
  • Library manager view from a converged service: Kathryn Smith, Head of Library Services, Northumbria University

12.15  Lunch

13.00  Get stuck in! A practical exercise (no role play involved) to generate thinking about the challenges and opportunities             of establishing a multi-professional team. Facilitated by Anne Llewellyn, Deputy Director (Learning Development),               Student & Library Services at Teesside University. Followed by a Q&A panel session with representation from                       library leadership and others

14.30  Individual reflections

14.45  Ideas on potential role of Northern Collaboration re multi-professional teams

15.00  End

Book your place by registering here!

If you have any questions concerning the organisation of the event, please contact Shona Cubbon on