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Monday 5 December

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.

The Masterclass is an intensive programme of talks from experts working in the broad areas of energy supply and demand, both in industry and the university. The focus is on technology challenges and opportunities, including examples of the use of science and engineering in the energy industry. The Masterclass covers a very broad range of themes, from conventional supplies, renewable supplies to energy efficiency, and it provides new insights about both long and short term challenges for the energy infrastructure. An important aspect of the Masterclass is the opportunity to learn about and debate some of the important questions concerning different energy sources, about energy efficiency and climate change. All undergraduates and graduate students may apply to attend the Masterclass, especially those in engineering, physical science or chemical engineering. To register please go to http://www.bpi.cam.ac.uk/masterclass2016

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

An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with Python (1 of 2) [Full] 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

This course provides a practical introduction to the writing of Python programs for the complete novice. Participants are lead through the core aspects of Python illustrated by a series of example programs. Upon completion of the course, attentive participants will be able to write simple Python programs from scratch and to customize more complex code to fit their needs.

Course materials are available here.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Gurdon Institute: Chemical Safety [Full] 09:30 - 12:30 Room to be confirmed

A safety course for anyone either directly working with chemicals or who is responsible for persons working with chemicals including PIs, Post Grads, Post Docs and technicians.

If you have attended the 2-hour departmental chemical safety training it is not necessary to attend this course as well.

10:00
Moodle: Managing Access within Your Course [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This advanced training session will introduce participants to various ways of managing access to the course material in Moodle, including groups and groupings.

Postdocs: Assisting with PhD Supervision new [Full] 10:00 - 12:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room


Do you supervise PhD students? Though not official supervisors, many postdocs are involved in the process of supervising PhD students. You face the challenging task of fostering creativity, delivering feedback, and managing a supervisor-student relationship. This workshop explores the principles of good supervision, the art of delivering critical feedback for best results, and the teacher/learner roles of the supervisor-supervisee relationship. It is aimed at postdocs looking to develop their skills in effective and inspired pedagogy

Outcomes
- Understand the teacher/learner roles central to the supervision of PhD students
- Explore good practice for delivering feedback
- Learn what to do when things go wrong

10:30
Introduction to the Rare Books department new Not bookable 10:30 - 10:45 Cambridge University Library, Rare Books Room

Members of staff introduce the collections of the Rare Books Department, how to locate them and how to use the Reading Room. The Department's books include almost all of the Library's pre-1900 books, and cover nearly every subject taught in the University. This session is relevant to Library users at all levels who may wish to use rare book material. Please meet in the lobby outside the Rare Books Reading Room in the North West corner of the first floor of the Library.

13:00
Engineering Postdoc Committee Mentoring Training new [Places] 13:00 - 15:00 Department of Engineering, Oatley Meeting Room 1 (Seminar Room)

Postdoc mentoring training, organised by the Engineering Postdoc Committee.

17:30
CULP: Languages for Medics (SSC), Portuguese Basic 2016 - BLOCK B (11 of 11) Not bookable 17:30 - 20:00 Clinical School, Addenbrookes, Bay 13, Room D

Language courses for Medics

THE TEACHER OF THIS COURSE IS MS ANA FERREIRA.

Tuesday 6 December

09:00
Fire Warden and Use of Fire Extinguishers Training (1 of 2) [Full] 09:00 - 10:30 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

Fire Warden training (0900-1030) will give clear instruction of the roles of designated fire wardens and assist fire safety managers to comply with current fire safety legislation. Use of Fire Extinguisher training (1045-1145) provides hands on experience in the correct use of portable fire extinguishers.

The Art of Negotiation and Influence [Full] 09:00 - 17:00 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Meeting Room 4


A one day master class in communication from two external trainers who have previously been employed as hostage negotiators and detectives in the Metropolitan Police Force. Participants will gain a practical insight into how professional communicators communicate, and how it can be applied in everyday life.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Know how to persuade and influence effectively
  • Understand how to have greater impact when communicating
  • Have practiced the fundamental tools of professional communicators

Topics:

  • Levels of communication
  • Trust
  • Stages of active listening
  • Non-judgemental language
  • Achieving win/win
  • Building rapport
  • Dos and don’ts
IS3 Research Information Skills [Places] 09:00 - 11:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

This compulsory course will equip you with the skills required to manage the research information you will need to gather throughout your graduate course, as well as the publications you will produce yourself. It will also help you enhance your online research profile and measure the impact of research.

A short break for refreshments will be included

The Masterclass is an intensive programme of talks from experts working in the broad areas of energy supply and demand, both in industry and the university. The focus is on technology challenges and opportunities, including examples of the use of science and engineering in the energy industry. The Masterclass covers a very broad range of themes, from conventional supplies, renewable supplies to energy efficiency, and it provides new insights about both long and short term challenges for the energy infrastructure. An important aspect of the Masterclass is the opportunity to learn about and debate some of the important questions concerning different energy sources, about energy efficiency and climate change. All undergraduates and graduate students may apply to attend the Masterclass, especially those in engineering, physical science or chemical engineering. To register please go to http://www.bpi.cam.ac.uk/masterclass2016

09:30
AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting 2016-17 new (11 of 25) Not bookable 09:30 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Ferrara Room (IT Training Room)


The AAT Level 3, Diploma in Accounting, introduces to students to more complex financial processes and accounting tasks, the principles of VAT, professional ethics and develops their spreadsheet skills.

In addition to applying for a provisional place here, please complete and return an application form. You will find the briefing packs and forms on our website
http://www.finance.admin.cam.ac.uk/training-and-development/professional-qualification/aat/university-programme
Falcon: Further Functionality for Site Managers (Part 3) new POSTPONED 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site

This course will cover the use of Falcon Content Management Service for site managers and is a follow on course from Falcon: An Introduction for Content and Site Managers (Part 1 and Part 2).

Excel 2016: Recorded Macros [Places] 09:30 - 11:00 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site

This course covers recording macros which provides automated steps to produce outcomes. This course does not teach VBA programming, if you want to learn VBA then please see the self-taught course Programming in VBA - Using Microsoft Excel 2013. Not all chapters will be taught in full due to time constraints but are included for self-study.

An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with Python (2 of 2) [Full] 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

This course provides a practical introduction to the writing of Python programs for the complete novice. Participants are lead through the core aspects of Python illustrated by a series of example programs. Upon completion of the course, attentive participants will be able to write simple Python programs from scratch and to customize more complex code to fit their needs.

Course materials are available here.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

CHRIS - An Introduction [Places] 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 2

This course is an introduction to the system and will cover the following topics:

  • Additional guidance relating to searches and exporting information out of CHRIS into Excel or Word
  • An overview of how personal details are recorded
  • An overview of how the system is used to record absence (sickness, maternity, paternity etc) for individuals
  • Employment details for individuals including items such as grade, salary, hours and limit of tenure
  • Costing details
  • How your department is structured on CHRIS and the posts it contains
  • A quick update on reporting

This course does not cover any training on update access.

10:00
Moodle: Online Submissions [Places] 10:00 - 11:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

This advanced training session will introduce participants to the Assignment activity and cover the main features of online submission set up and grading.

Being Strategic: Developing Your Media Skills (for Postdocs) new POSTPONED 10:00 - 12:30 The Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room @ Mill Lane


Do you lack confidence in your communication with the media?
Do you wonder how to ensure that your public engagement is planned into your research proposal?
This workshop will be looking at a variety of communication methods and practical media skills to use effectively to disseminate research findings. There will be simulated interviews within a safe situation followed by advice giving to enable you to develop techniques to explain the research to wide audience. This will give an initial experience of interacting with the media.

Outcomes:
- Recognise how various media can be an effective tool to disseminate research findings and increase impact
- Explain what journalists need to gain from contact with researchers
- Experience of using techniques during an interview

10:45
Fire Warden and Use of Fire Extinguishers Training (2 of 2) [Full] 10:45 - 11:45 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

Fire Warden training (0900-1030) will give clear instruction of the roles of designated fire wardens and assist fire safety managers to comply with current fire safety legislation. Use of Fire Extinguisher training (1045-1145) provides hands on experience in the correct use of portable fire extinguishers.

12:30
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of Spanish new [Places] 12:30 - 12:50 John Trim Centre

A relaxed and informal speaking practice session with a volunteer native Spanish speaker

12:50
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of Spanish new [Places] 12:50 - 13:10 John Trim Centre

A relaxed and informal speaking practice session with a volunteer native Spanish speaker

13:00
JTC: English speaking practice new [Full] 13:00 - 13:20 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

13:10
JTC: Speaking practice for learners of Spanish new [Places] 13:10 - 13:30 John Trim Centre

A relaxed and informal speaking practice session with a volunteer native Spanish speaker

13:20
JTC: English speaking practice new [Full] 13:20 - 13:40 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

13:40
JTC: English speaking practice new [Full] 13:40 - 14:00 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

14:00
Fire Safety Awareness and Use of Fire Extinguishers Training (1 of 2) [Full] 14:00 - 15:00 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

The Fire Safety Awareness course (1400-1500) will raise attendees' awareness of fire safety and assist fire safety managers to comply with current fire safety legislation. Use of Fire Extinguishers training (1515-1615) provides hands on experience in the correct use of portable fire extinguishers.

Excel for CamSIS Users [Places] 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Ely Training Room 1

Delegates will learn how to use shortcuts in Excel to improve their productivity, and also techniques for analysing complex data quickly by using pivot tables.


This course complements the supervising training and information your Department will provide. It is a course that consists of: an online module, which introduces practices and principles of undergraduate supervision at Cambridge, and a face-to-face workshop in which you will explore challenges and approaches to supervising.

By the end of this course you will know:

  • the purpose of supervisions at Cambridge
  • how to deal with common supervision scenarios
  • how to provide effective feedback
  • the practicalities of starting to supervise

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to supervising (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information for those who need it (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)
  • Role of a supervisor
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • Departmental information
  • Summary of what you have learnt
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Resources for ongoing support and information
15:00
JTC: English speaking practice new [Full] 15:00 - 15:20 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

15:15
Fire Safety Awareness and Use of Fire Extinguishers Training (2 of 2) [Full] 15:15 - 16:15 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

The Fire Safety Awareness course (1400-1500) will raise attendees' awareness of fire safety and assist fire safety managers to comply with current fire safety legislation. Use of Fire Extinguishers training (1515-1615) provides hands on experience in the correct use of portable fire extinguishers.

15:20
JTC: English speaking practice new [Full] 15:20 - 15:40 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

15:40
JTC: English speaking practice new [Full] 15:40 - 16:00 John Trim Centre
A relaxed one-to-one practice speaking session with volunteer native speaker

Please book no more than 2 sessions per week and not back to back.

17:00
CULP: Spanish Basic 1 - SEMI-INTENSIVE new charged (15 of 15) In progress 17:00 - 19:00 Faculty of History, Seminar Room 9

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At basic level the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

19:00
CULP: Italian Advanced charged (7 of 7) In progress 19:00 - 21:00 Language Centre, Teaching Room 1

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At advanced level the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

One of the aims of the advanced level courses is also presentation skills as the courses aim to cater for the academic needs (i.e. research, conferences) of the students.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

NB: Advanced courses are official, award-bearing University qualifications.

Please also note that the certificates and transcripts are usually issued in July.