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Jackie G
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« on: February 03, 2009, 10:48:27 pm »

Straw poll here.

Who got told about the consultation on the name change?  I didn't.

Do you like the new name?  Please say why if so, and if not (you can stay anonymous!)

I'll start.  I don't like the name change.  It's nothing to do with being a stick in the mud, but I am a bit traditional.  One of the things IQPS members were exhorted years ago not to ever do was give away the title 'secretary' - it does, after all, mean the keeper of secrets, which was what secretaries were originally.  Although I call myself a PA these days, I am a fully trained secretary.

Will you be applying for Fellowship category if you have been a member for 5+ years?  Or do you, like me, feel the specialness of the award of a Fellowship has been completely removed by this wholesale introduction of a category that members can apply for?!!!

As a Fellow, I am saddened and disappointed by this move.

And finally, do you know who your new regional co-ordinator is and have they made contact about an event yet?

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009, 12:30:23 am »

Hi Jackie

The rebrand and relaunch of IQPS, as IPA, reflects a move towards the IPA's greater focus on the changing job titles, roles and responsibilities of the modern workplace and includes the evolving role of the office professional on both a national and international basis.

CfA research completed in 2007 shows that the job title Secretary has declined by 23%.  Consistent with IPA tradition over the last 50 years, the IPA has responded positively to workplace changes that have altered the role of professional administrators.

The IPA has moved away from the term ‘qualified’, in the traditional sense, and this reflects the desire to be more inclusive.  This means that whether qualified or not, members of the IPA help the workplace to become more professional.

The IPA intends to provide greater support than before to current members, and will maintain its commitment to lifelong learning - overseeing the continuing professional development of office professionals.

The Fellowship category is available to individuals who have held membership for five (or more) years and represents the commitment of members, without whom, the IPA would not be at the forefront of the industry as a valued and respected institute.

However, I do agree that the IPA should introduce a membership category for members who have previously been awarded this category.  I have contacted the IPA Membership Manager with a view to introducing an alternative.

Finally, Regional Coordinators were announced on the new-look IPA website and in the winter 2009 edition of ‘the professional administrator’.  IPA member contact details will be released to the Regional Coordinator shortly.

In my opinion this is a very positive move and I look forward to working with the IPA and members to promote the role of professional administrators.

Kind regards

Matt Griffin MIPA, MInstLM
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2009, 02:32:02 pm »

Matt, and for those who don't know the background

It is not my intention to start any kind of war here, but as a longstanding IQPS member who was National Chairman and who started a branch which sadly closed last year, I want to see what members have to say.

This is your opportunity to have an open debate.  IPA won't even have it with their advisory committee members which means we, the ordinary members, and even me as a former National Chairman, get no say whatever.

So I'd be interested in all comments, positive and negative!

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009, 03:20:30 pm »

Hi Jackie

Apologies if my comments came across as antagonising - that certainly wasn't my intention.

I completely agree that members need a forum to put their views across and open debate should be encouraged.  I am more than happy to champion members' concerns.

You will have to forgive my naiveness - I am not familiar with the previous structure of IQPS.

I have raised our concerns regarding the Fellow member category and this will be discussed in more detail at the next board meeting at the end of this month.  I will keep you posted on this.

I would be interested to read the views of other members on all issued affecting IPA.

Many thanks

Matt Griffin MIPA, MInstLM
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009, 03:48:50 pm »

Hi Jackie

I am not a member of IQPS/IPA so cannot comment on the changes that have happened from that perspective, however, I wholeheartedly agree with you about a member of 5 years being able to become a fellow - it is one of the reasons that I look sceptically at any professional membership organisation; if they wish to offer higher status categories of member then it should reflect something they have achieved to merit it - either further study or 5 years logged CPD.

Many membership organisations have members who for whatever reason (eg geographically difficult to attend meetings, just want to keep an overview on the profession) do not play an active part and so wholesale promotion for holding membership over a set period of time is misleading.

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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009, 04:07:38 pm »

Ok I've just read this and wasn't aware of imminent changes.  My branch closed down some years ago.

What does IPA stand for?
Why the name change?
Who decided to rebrand it?
Why were members not allowed to vote or have a say?

I agree Jackie, my current job title is Secretary, but I'm more of a PA.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 04:23:42 pm »

Hi gee4

The IPA is the Institute of Professional Administrators.  The rebrand was decided by the CfA (Council for Administration) following the integration of IQPS into the CfA.

I do not know why members were not asked to vote on this.

The term Secretary in IQPS excluded some members and potential members whose role did not lend itself to that term.  The rebrand is an attempt be more inclusive.  My initial reply to Jackie explains some of the reasons behind the rebrand.

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2009, 04:31:03 pm »

Well I have to agree with Jackie as that thinking is a bit naive.

Are you telling me that no employer hires a Secretary these days?  I know the term is a bit old fashioned but as I said my current job title is Secretary and my last job title was Group Secretary.

Where in the term IPA does it refer to Personal Assistants, Executive Secretaries, Executive Assistants etc?  The term administrator in my opinion does not cover this better.

A much more appropriate and modern day term to use would have been the Institute of Professional Assistants - as that is what we are.  In our daily roles, we assist those around us.

Each year in Belfast CIPFA host a seminar in recognition of Admin Assistants Day.  It's a wonder they didn't take that into account when they rebranded.

I hope you do air the views posted here.
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2009, 04:36:33 pm »

Hi gee4

I cannot say that no employer hires secretaries.  According to a recent survey however, the term has declined by 23% in the last year.

The IPA believes that the term Administrator encompasses all office professionals including Personal Assistants, Executive Secretaries etc.

Regardless of my opinion, I will voice all views expressed by members.

Please appreciate however, that I am not in a position to effect these changes, regardless of how strongly I may agree with them.

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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2009, 04:38:09 pm »

Well as Jackie said, this seems to be the only forum we can air our comments.

In my opinion the term Administrator excludes a lot of us.
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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2009, 04:42:19 pm »

I completely agree with Jackie on this.

I will also put forward the idea of creating a forum for members on the IPA website.  I don't know about you, but I found the IQPS member forum very difficult to navigate - something similar to this would be ideal!

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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2009, 04:43:22 pm »

Like we mentioned Jackie's branch closed down as did mine - is there any chance these will be resurrected now that the change has come about?
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2009, 04:46:55 pm »

Just some semi-interesting information for you.

The term Administration is derived from the Latin administratio — a compounding of ad ("to") and ministratio ("give service").

I can't comment for anyone else, but the phrase "to give service" certainly applies to my role.

Matt Griffin MIPA
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Edited by matg on 04/02/09 03:47 PM.

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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2009, 04:49:28 pm »

Again, you'll have to forgive my ignorance but I'm not familiar with all of the IQPS branches - are you referring to Scotland or a region of Scotland?

IPA are currently looking for a volunteer to take on the role of Regional Coordinator for Scotland.  More information is available on the IPA website.

Where was your branch gee4?

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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2009, 04:51:28 pm »

I think the point I was trying to make was that we do more than just provide a service - that sounds so demeaning.  I like to think of myself in terms of assisting my boss/department or as secretary for the group.

My branch was Belfast.

Does DD have any plans to rename this forum?!
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