A seminar has been organized for staff of the School of Natural Resources under the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR). The idea behind the seminar was for management of the School to acquaint with the old and newly recruited staff in order to enhance a better workforce and also to orient staff of their responsibilities as Administrators, Lecturers and Technicians.
The Ag. Dean of School of Natural Resources, Dr. Simon Abugre said the School of Natural Resources among the pioneer schools in UENR, has a leadership responsibility that needed to be held high since other young schools in the University looks up to them. He added that the seminar was necessary to provide concise and accurate information in accordance to the Vision and Mission of the University and the way forward in the increment of students’ enrollment to the school. He further tasked the various Departments to roll out programmes which will help boast students’ intake. He added that, lecturers should embark on more research and presentation boast their promotion.
In a presentation on the Governance System and Administrative Structure of the University, the immediate past Head of Department for Forest Science, Mr. I.K Abebrese said UENR was chartered at birth with the aim of providing higher education in the area of Energy and Natural Resources and added that, the University Council and Academic Board were the highest decision making body in the University. Mr. Abebrese also took participants through the criteria for appointment and promotions for Senior Members in the academia, code of conduct and conditions of service for staff of the University. He urged participants to familiarize themselves with such documents to avoid violating the rules governing the University.
The Ag. Head of Center for Climate Change and Gender Studies (3CGS), Mr. A.B Afrifa took participants through how to conduct examinations, marking and releasing results on time. He said examination conducted should follow the accepted format in the University adding that, examination malpractices do not only affect the individual but the University as a whole. Mr. Afrifa charged examiners to know the grading system, the rules and regulations guiding examination in the University.
The Head of Department for Forest Science, Dr. Mrs. Mercy Afua Adutwumwaa Derkyi in presentation on “Career Progression”, said career development was a lifelong process of learning, work, leisure and transition towards personally determined and preferred future. She encouraged participants to create time for leisure aside their career to help release stress and be more efficient at work. Dr. Mrs. Derkyi outlined that in order to progress, participants should reflect, do self-assessment, make a personal commitment, have a personal road map and take the necessary action. She added that, career development was self-driven and therefore needed a personal investment. She motivated the participants to stay focused, committed and be positive at all times.