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Digital Toolkit for Leaders

Personal effectiveness

Personal effectiveness


Using applications to manage your workload, projects and information effectively

On this page you will find:

Case Studies

Case studies - examples of how people have exploited some of the tools available at the University of York.

Top Tips

Top Tips on keeping up-to-date professionally, getting organised, and developing your digital capabilities, with suggested tools along the way.

Case study: Using Paperpile and Google Drive to keep track of articles

Case Study

Using Paperpile to keep track of articles

Matthew Collins talks about how by using Paperpile and Google Drive he can keep track of his own reading. He talks about the power of Paperpile's browser button to harvest bibliographic details and articles very quickly and add them to his own personal Library. Paperpile also allows him to work collaboratively on research articles, in a much more effective way.

Keeping up-to-date professionally

Part of leading a team is ensuring the team is up-to-date in the areas they need to be. You are also the person who scans the horizon and identifies new opportunities and new ways of doing things.

This page from the Library's Researcher's guide covers the ground on how to keep up-to-date.

Getting organised

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you have to keep on top of? You may have a lot of different types of information (notes of your thoughts that you’ve taken on-the-fly, articles that you need to read later, actions that you need to follow up on …). You may have much of this information in your head or in emails. Get that stuff out of your email, your written notes, and your head and into applications that can help you get organised and keep on top of things.

Many people use online tools to help them get more organised and save themselves time. 

Here are some you may want to explore:

This tutorial talks you through the fundamentals of effective note-making but also introduces you to some handy apps.

Here you will find a useful overview of reference management and why using software to do this saves you time and effort. You will also find information on the tools available and supported at the University of York.

Follow the above link for useful guidance on how to manage your time.

Digital fluency resources

In addition to thinking about the benefits of technology from the viewpoint of a team leader it is also important to consider how you feel about technology: consider your own digital capabilities from a more personal perspective. Where are your strengths and weaknesses? Are there areas you'd like to develop further? The resources here can help:

Digital self-diagnostic for leaders

Self diagnostic

Time required: 10-15 minutes

This diagnostic enables you to reflect on how confident you feel about many different areas of digital expertise. It consists of 36 questions split into 8 sections. This version is particularly framed for team leaders at the University of York.


IT Essentials

Digital Wednesdays

We run a number of Digital Wednesdays training sessions each term. Digital Wednesdays sessions are open to all members of the University. Select the link below to see what sessions are lined up:

Forthcoming training sessions (select to expand)

Forthcoming training

We run a number of skills training sessions each term.

Digital skills training sessions and Digital Wednesdays are open to all members of the University. Academic Skills Community and other sessions may be limited to students only. You can filter the list to only show sessions of relevance to staff or research postgraduates.

To book onto a session, follow its link below (you'll need to log in to the booking system). If a session you're interested in is full, sign up onto the waiting list — if we have enough interest in a session we may repeat it. You'll also find copies of our slides throughout the Skills Guides

Most of our training is online but we've made space available on campus should you need somewhere to join from.

Next skills sessions:

Taught students
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Other sessions:

We also run a number of specialised training sessions for staff and research postgraduates: