The scheme entails spending time with and observing the work of a member of staff in a department or role of interest in another institution in order to gain insight into work in that area.   The duration of the visit can vary between half a day and two days.


The scheme has 2 application cycles per calendar year: one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring/Summer Term.





Staff must have passed their probationary period before applying to shadow someone and must obtain their line managers’ agreement for them to participate.


Definitions of categories of staff who are eligible to participate in the scheme in each of the partner institutions can be obtained via its Designated Co-ordinator.




Confidentiality will be treated as a priority. Organisational knowledge and information gained during participation in Outside Insight which under any conditions would be deemed to be confidential will remain confidential between the parties but also no information that could be to the detriment of either party will be shared with others as in Principle 3.


All parties agree to adhere to the Principles of Outside Insight and Data Protection.



Quotes from different people who have participated in the scheme:

“We very much enjoyed having a colleague from another University shadowing the team for a couple of days.  It was a mutually beneficial experience for all involved, as not only were we able to demonstrate how we do things at UH, but we also learned how another University handles similar issues.  We would definitely participate in the Outside Insight scheme again.”


Alex Hall, Assistant University Solicitor, Legal and Compliance Services, University of Hertfordshire

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