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Michaella Smart

BA (Hons)

Deputy Administrator (HR)

  • RDM Mentoring Scheme Coordinator

I have been with the University of Oxford since 2007, and the HR Administrator for NDCLS since 2011. With my colleague Helen Oldham (HR Officer), we provide an effective and friendly service to our staff and visitors.  Working alongside our Senior Administrator Dr Mark Evans, my role is to develop HR direction and strategy in NDCLS and lead policies and procedures implementation, as well as managing the whole HR processes, including advising staff and management, employment relations, payroll, visas, recruitment, staff benefits.  I work closely with RDM Strategic, and I am a member of the Staff Immigration User Group, a University and college-wide working group designed to revise policies and systems in line with the latest UKVI regulations.     

In 2013, the Radcliffe Department of Medicine decided to launch its own Mentoring Scheme for all staff and students, which has proven to be a real success.  I was recruited as the Scheme Coordinator, assisting with the design and set-up of the scheme, and working closely with a dynamic 7-member committee.  This additional role is the real cherry on the cake for me, as my foremost interest is Staff Development. Our mentoring scheme is a core member of STAMINa, a network led by Oxford Brookes University which focuses on sharing good practice in mentoring scheme growth and sustainability, a project supported by the University of Oxford's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. My previous roles included lead administration for London-based charities and management of a national clinical service at the Maudsley Hospital, London.  I took a 2-year career break after the birth of my son, and returned to work on a part time basis, starting my administrative career from scratch when we moved to Oxford. I steadily rose through the grades by taking more responsibilities, including admin support for the Oxford Radcliffe Biobank when it was first set up, and eventually moved to my current HR role.