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Monday 5 December 2016

09:00
Leadership Development Programme for New Heads of Institutions (2 of 4) Not bookable 09:00 - 15:30 The Pitt Building, Darwin Room


This programme aims to explore the complex leadership skills required by Heads of Institution in support of the University’s mission of achieving world-class research and teaching. New and recently appointed Heads are especially encouraged to participate.

The programme has been running successfully now for a number of years.

The programme comprises four core modules on the dates listed in the Sessions section below. Each module runs for six hours. Participants are expected to make every effort to attend all four sessions.

Module 1: The Head of Institution as Leader
The first session includes presentations from the Vice Chancellor and from a number of experienced Heads of Institution. It provides an overview of current and past theories of leadership as a context for the programme. Participants are encouraged to explore the challenges of the role and the skills required. They are given a framework to enable them to map out the field of leadership as it applies to them.

Module 2: Leading Strategy and Change
The session will consider the challenges in leading a department/team, including allocation of resources and setting priorities. It will examine the differences between operational and strategic leadership and will explore the key issues of both. Participants are encouraged to examine ways of thinking and acting strategically.

The session will start to look at change management and how to lead effectively through a period of change. It will also include presentations on leading others in a higher education environment from the PVC for Institutional and International Relations, and the Registrary.

Module 3: Leading Others through Change
This session is a continuation of Module 2 and considers the change leadership aspect of strategic implementation. It includes approaches to leading change, engaging others and dealing with resistance. Participants will discuss how their ability to lead and support staff may be enhanced through techniques such as coaching, giving constructive feedback and managing conflict.

The use of talent management and succession planning are explored and the issues of motivation and maintenance are discussed. This session includes an input from the Director of HR.

Module 4: Personal Leadership
The session uses professional actors to practise and prepare for typically challenging leadership conversations. It offers the opportunity for participants to be coached as they practise in a safe and controlled environment delivering tangible results. Participants build confidence as they master new skills, accelerating and deepening learning. The session also looks at leadership for the inclusive organisation.

Additional Briefings
In addition to the four core modules, participants will be invited to select from a number of optional 1 hour briefings. Topics include Managing the University Estate, HR Legal and Policy Issues, Financial Issues, Recruitment and Immigration, Equality and Diversity and Research Grant Applications. These will be held in January and again in June 2017, dates to be confirmed.

09:30
Administrator Development Programme (2 of 6) Not bookable 09:30 - 17:00 University Centre, Hicks Room


This development programme for generalist and specialist administrators draws on the expertise of senior figures in the University and provides up to date information on the various strands and issues of University strategy and governance. It includes development of some key skills and a project activity, and offers a valuable opportunity to network with administrators from the UAS and other departments and institutions

Selection for this programme is via nomination by School Secretaries, Heads of Division or Heads of Non-School Institutions during the summer. Nominees will need to demonstrate the benefit of participating, both for themselves and their institution. Please speak to your line manager and/or appropriate nominator if you would like to be considered

Please see further information about key themes and speakers on the programme flyer

Wednesday 7 December 2016

09:00
Communication Skills Advanced: "Was it something I said?" [Full] 09:00 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Even the most skilled communicators sometimes struggle to get their message across. This course will equip you with the mindset and knowledge to communicate effectively when it really matters. Learn how to deliver your message with sincerity, clarity and enthusiasm. Staff who wish to improve their one-to-one communication skills in challenging and difficult situations will benefit from this course.

09:30
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (5 of 7) Not bookable 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Granada Room


This programme offers an introduction to management skills and is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). It is highly participative and there is a strong emphasis on applying new learning to your work situation for the benefit of your team and your department

The course is primarily aimed at those who currently have management responsibilities for others (including managers, team leaders or supervisors) or equivalent responsibilities (e.g. for managing services, projects, resources). All participants must have the opportunity to meet the assessment requirements which are specified by the ILM – please see further details below

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this programme. If you are interested in attending please complete the application form at the link below and send a signed paper copy to PPD. Your application will be considered and your name will be added to the waiting list if you are eligible. When a place becomes available we will contact you to confirm your place

Please note this course consists of five mandatory full day sessions plus a mandatory one-to-one Tutorial lasting 30 minutes

The Tutorial will take place on one of the two red starred dates listed below

You will have to pick a date and time slot on Day 1 of the course

Please ensure you are available on both dates until we have confirmed your Tutorial slot

Level 3 Award in First Line Management Application Form - your application to attend the programme will not be considered until we have received a copy of this application document

Thursday 8 December 2016

09:30
Stress, Relaxation and Coping [Full] 09:30 - 16:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Do you want to tackle stress? Commonly associated with pressure to work hard, it can also arise from boredom, procrastination, perfectionism, bullying, job insecurity, relationship difficulties and many other situations associated with the home or workplace. This course will help you to understand the causes of stress and identify possible solutions for coping with pressure and managing stress.

Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (6 of 7) Not bookable 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Granada Room


This programme offers an introduction to management skills and is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). It is highly participative and there is a strong emphasis on applying new learning to your work situation for the benefit of your team and your department

The course is primarily aimed at those who currently have management responsibilities for others (including managers, team leaders or supervisors) or equivalent responsibilities (e.g. for managing services, projects, resources). All participants must have the opportunity to meet the assessment requirements which are specified by the ILM – please see further details below

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this programme. If you are interested in attending please complete the application form at the link below and send a signed paper copy to PPD. Your application will be considered and your name will be added to the waiting list if you are eligible. When a place becomes available we will contact you to confirm your place

Please note this course consists of five mandatory full day sessions plus a mandatory one-to-one Tutorial lasting 30 minutes

The Tutorial will take place on one of the two red starred dates listed below

You will have to pick a date and time slot on Day 1 of the course

Please ensure you are available on both dates until we have confirmed your Tutorial slot

Level 3 Award in First Line Management Application Form - your application to attend the programme will not be considered until we have received a copy of this application document

Friday 9 December 2016

10:00
Understanding Implicit or Unconscious Bias new [Full] 10:00 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This session will provide an introduction to implicit or unconscious bias and will help you start to understand how our biases influence the decisions we make. These may include decisions around recruitment, selection, assessment and broader interactions with others.

The session will include tutor input, group activities and videos and to raise awareness about how to recognise and begin to manage the impact of implicit bias. We will also consider further sources of guidance to support individuals in their roles with specific responsibilities e.g. for managing others, teaching etc.

14:00
Key Skills in Listening to, Communicating with and Supporting Individuals (5 of 5) In progress 14:00 - 16:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Listening, communicating and supporting effectively are vital skills for many roles throughout the University. However, they are often areas in which individuals feel under-skilled and inexperienced

This series of four sessions has been designed to increase knowledge, ability and confidence in these key areas

Learning will be through theoretical and experiential input, small and large group participation

Session 1 has been postponed due to staff illness. The first session will take place on 11 November and the last session on 9 December

Wednesday 14 December 2016

10:00
The Prevent Duty: An Introduction new [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

The University has a statutory duty to have ‘due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is known as the Prevent Duty (Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015). It is primarily about safeguarding students and staff in the University and includes a range of responsibilities in areas such as pastoral care, support for staff and students, procedures for arranging events and using facilities. All staff need to be aware of the process of radicalisation, definitions of extremism and the process for raising concerns in this context

This short session provides information about Prevent for all staff working in in the University. It includes input and examples to consider and combines the content in Module 1 – An introduction to the Prevent Duty: Online and the University Prevent website

You can access these as an alternative to attending this session

Full details of available training and support are on the Prevent Training Moodle site using your Raven login

13:00
The Prevent Duty: An Introduction new [Places] 13:00 - 14:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

The University has a statutory duty to have ‘due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is known as the Prevent Duty (Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015). It is primarily about safeguarding students and staff in the University and includes a range of responsibilities in areas such as pastoral care, support for staff and students, procedures for arranging events and using facilities. All staff need to be aware of the process of radicalisation, definitions of extremism and the process for raising concerns in this context

This short session provides information about Prevent for all staff working in in the University. It includes input and examples to consider and combines the content in Module 1 – An introduction to the Prevent Duty: Online and the University Prevent website

You can access these as an alternative to attending this session

Full details of available training and support are on the Prevent Training Moodle site using your Raven login

Thursday 15 December 2016

09:30
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (7 of 7) Not bookable 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This programme offers an introduction to management skills and is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). It is highly participative and there is a strong emphasis on applying new learning to your work situation for the benefit of your team and your department

The course is primarily aimed at those who currently have management responsibilities for others (including managers, team leaders or supervisors) or equivalent responsibilities (e.g. for managing services, projects, resources). All participants must have the opportunity to meet the assessment requirements which are specified by the ILM – please see further details below

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this programme. If you are interested in attending please complete the application form at the link below and send a signed paper copy to PPD. Your application will be considered and your name will be added to the waiting list if you are eligible. When a place becomes available we will contact you to confirm your place

Please note this course consists of five mandatory full day sessions plus a mandatory one-to-one Tutorial lasting 30 minutes

The Tutorial will take place on one of the two red starred dates listed below

You will have to pick a date and time slot on Day 1 of the course

Please ensure you are available on both dates until we have confirmed your Tutorial slot

Level 3 Award in First Line Management Application Form - your application to attend the programme will not be considered until we have received a copy of this application document

Monday 9 January 2017

09:30
Administrator Development Programme (3 of 6) Not bookable 09:30 - 17:00 University Centre, Hicks Room


This development programme for generalist and specialist administrators draws on the expertise of senior figures in the University and provides up to date information on the various strands and issues of University strategy and governance. It includes development of some key skills and a project activity, and offers a valuable opportunity to network with administrators from the UAS and other departments and institutions

Selection for this programme is via nomination by School Secretaries, Heads of Division or Heads of Non-School Institutions during the summer. Nominees will need to demonstrate the benefit of participating, both for themselves and their institution. Please speak to your line manager and/or appropriate nominator if you would like to be considered

Please see further information about key themes and speakers on the programme flyer

Wednesday 11 January 2017

13:30
Retirement: Pre-retirement (1 of 2) [Places] 13:30 - 16:45 University Centre, Hicks/Cormack Rooms


The last two years before retirement are a good time to prepare for personal change in readiness for leaving employment. This programme will include detailed information on occupational pensions, financial advice and planning, tax and legal issues, as well as the emotional and practical issues accompanying retirement. You will have the opportunity to share information and discuss any concerns about retirement in a relaxed setting

Monday 16 January 2017

16:00
Supervising Undergraduates More Effectively [Full] 16:00 - 18:00 King's College, Keynes Hall


Have you developed your own approach to supervising?

Do you have at least one year's experience?

Perhaps you want to compare this approach with that of your peers.

This course is for those who want to share experiences, have encountered problems and are seeking solutions, or just want to do the job more effectively.

Tuesday 17 January 2017

09:30
Data Protection and FOI: An Introduction [Places] 09:30 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


The rights and responsibilities outlined in the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts increasingly impact upon the University’s academic and administrative work. This course explores the key concepts in the Data Protection Act 1998 and illustrates how the ‘data protection principles’ affect various day-to-day working scenarios. It introduces the fundamental aspects of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and details the ways in which the University handles responses to individual requests under both Acts. Finally, it outlines various records management and information security measures that can aid compliance with the legislation and lead to a more efficient working environment.

Wednesday 18 January 2017

12:30


If you are new to supervising graduate students at Cambridge (studying both for one-year courses or PhDs) the Board of Graduate Studies strongly recommends you to take part in some form of professional development. In collaboration with BGS, Personal and Professional Development offers training and support for newly-appointed supervisors of graduate students and for those new to the Cambridge system. The workshops, which run over lunchtime, are designed to consider reciprocal expectations and duties, as well as approaches to supervising, and to raise awareness of possible issues and where to go for support.

13:30
Retirement: Pre-retirement (2 of 2) [Places] 13:30 - 16:00 University Centre, Hicks Room


The last two years before retirement are a good time to prepare for personal change in readiness for leaving employment. This programme will include detailed information on occupational pensions, financial advice and planning, tax and legal issues, as well as the emotional and practical issues accompanying retirement. You will have the opportunity to share information and discuss any concerns about retirement in a relaxed setting

Thursday 19 January 2017

09:30
Minute Taking [Full] 09:30 - 16:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Minute taking is not about speed writing but about recognising what is important and understanding the needs of the meeting participants. This course will show you how to compile concise meeting notes.

The course is for anyone who is required to take factual records of departmental/faculty meetings and distribute action points afterwards. It does not cover the additional skills required to take minutes at University committee meetings.

11:00
The Prevent Duty: A Briefing for Senior Leaders new [Places] 11:00 - 12:00 University Centre, Hicks Room


The University has a statutory duty to have ‘due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is known as the Prevent Duty (Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015).

It is primarily about safeguarding students and staff in the University and includes a range of responsibilities in areas such as pastoral care, support for staff and students, procedures for arranging events and using facilities. Staff need to be aware of the process of radicalisation and definitions of extremism, and know how to respond if they have any concerns about an individual.

This short session provides information about key areas of responsibility with regard to the Prevent Duty for senior leaders, including new and existing Heads of Institution. It will complement the content covered in Module 1 – An introduction to the Prevent Duty: Online, Module 5 - Prevent, a Student and Staff Wellbeing Issue: Online and the University Prevent website. Full details of available training and support for all staff are on the Prevent Training Moodle site (Raven login required).

13:30
Disabled People: Offering a Good Face-to-Face Service [Places] 13:30 - 16:30 Disability Resource Centre, Bridget's Meeting Room


Would you like to increase your confidence in meeting and working with disabled people? This participative course will help you to learn the best ways to offer and give assistance. Through discussion and group work you will explore the barriers faced by disabled people when accessing services and learn how to make your services as accessible as possible. This course is aimed at people working in a frontline role.

16:00
Supervising Undergraduates: An Introduction [Full] 16:00 - 18:30 University Centre, Cormack Room


What do supervisions contribute to student learning at Cambridge? This session will provide an interactive introduction to supervising, including aims and objectives of supervisions, different approaches to supervisions, the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and ways of dealing with common problems. Given the breadth of supervisions, this course is not subject specific.

Monday 23 January 2017

09:00
Voice and Pronunciation for Non-native English Speakers [Full] 09:00 - 13:00 PPD, Revans Room


Is English not your first language?

Would you like to incorporate Standard English pronunciation into your everyday speech?

This course will look at the differences and similarities between your natural accent and that of Standard English. It will help to maintain positive aspects of your natural accent whilst enabling you to be easily understood by native English speakers.

13:45
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) [Full] 13:45 - 14:45 PPD, Meeting Room 2, 1st Floor


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

14:50
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) [Full] 14:50 - 15:50 PPD, Meeting Room 2, 1st Floor


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

15:55
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) [Full] 15:55 - 16:55 PPD, Meeting Room 2, 1st Floor


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.