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Monday 27 February

10:00
Effective Staff Review and Development: Practical for Reviewers [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


The Staff Review and Development (SRD) process provides the opportunity for supervisors, managers and academics to engage in constructive discussion with their staff or academic colleagues about current and future work and their personal and career development.

You must have completed the Effective Staff Review and Development: Online module before attending this practical. The online module focuses on an overview of the process, practical advice and useful reminders of good practice.

This practical session for reviewers is an opportunity to build on your learning from the online module, to discuss SRD with other reviewers, to practise and receive supportive feedback in a short practical activity and to ask any further questions.

15:30
Higher Education Academy: Briefing [Places] 15:30 - 17:00 PPD, Revans Room


Would you like to gain nationally recognised accreditation of your teaching experience? Many UK universities now expect teaching staff seeking tenure to have undertaken or to undertake a structured teaching and learning development course accredited by the HE Academy. This session provides an overview of the route by which those with some experience of teaching in Higher Education may gain accreditation. It also provides a short introduction to the HE Academy itself.

Tuesday 28 February

13:00
Data Protection and FOI: An Introduction [Places] 13:00 - 16:00 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 1 March

09:00
Communication Skills Introduction: "Are you receiving me?" [Full] 09:00 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Increase your confidence and skills in one-to-one communication with this highly participative course. Effective communication starts in your head and it isn’t just about the words you say. Your tone of voice, facial expression and body language all communicate a message. This course will help you get your message across more clearly. You will also have the opportunity to practise communication skills on a one-to-one basis.

Thursday 2 March

12:00
Supporting Students in Distress: Boundaries & Boomerangs [Full] 12:00 - 14:00 Disability Resource Centre, Bridget's Meeting Room


This participative workshop will enable attendees to confidentially discuss their reactions to students in emotional distress and consider effective ways of supporting them while managing attendees' own boundaries.

The workshop will be conducted in a relaxed and open way and will result in those attending feeling more confident in these interactions.

The workshop will also update attendees on available sources of local support for students.

Monday 6 March

09:00
Stress: A Manager's Responsibility [Full] 09:00 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


A short course covering a manager’s role in promoting a reduced stress environment in the workplace and evaluating stress risks for employees. It will also look at how to manage specific cases of stress using the Health and Safety Executive’s management standards.

09:30
Administrator Development Programme (5 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

Tuesday 7 March

09:30
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (4 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

12:45
Teaching Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (Briefing) [Full] 12:45 - 14:00 Disability Resource Centre, Bridget's Meeting Room


This course will consider the academic barriers experienced by students with Specific Learning Difficulties. It will cover a range of teaching environments and increase your awareness of best practice in implementing support. Most importantly it will give practical advice about best practice to ensure an effective learning environment for all involved. The course will focus on dyslexia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia.

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties: Identification and Diagnosis (Briefing) is a useful precursor to this workshop, as it will not cover diagnosis or identification of specific learning difficulties.

Wednesday 8 March

09:30
Develop your Career: Interview Techniques (1 of 3) [Full] 09:30 - 13:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This course prepares you to excel at interview. You will learn how to anticipate questions you will be asked and plan how to answer them successfully. You will also learn how to project yourself positively and feel as calm and in control as you will look.

This course is highly participative and will include a short mock interview as well as an opportunity to share experiences with other course members.

The focus of the course is to provide participants with the generic skills necessary to succeed at interview in a variety of contexts.

Research staff/postdoctoral research staff are advised to refer to the University Careers Service for information on specific Careers Programmes for research staff/postdoctoral research staff, including interview skills support. For contact details and further information please visit www.careers.cam.ac.uk

13:30
Introduction to Sign Language [Full] 13:30 - 16:30 Disability Resource Centre, Bridget's Meeting Room


This interactive course will give an introduction to sign language and an opportunity to review and revisit best practice in communicating with Deaf people. Through discussion and practice, participants will gain knowledge of sign language, as well as advice on how to take their knowledge further.

Friday 10 March

09:00
Managing and Developing Effective Teams [Places] 09:00 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


A team that works well is an exciting and creative place to be.

This course will enable you to identify the important ingredients for a successful team and to reflect on your own team management skills. It will also look at different team-working styles and examine the need to balance the requirements of the task, the team and the individual.

Monday 13 March

09:00
Managing Staff Performance: Introduction [Full] 09:00 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


As a manager, it is your responsibility to get the best out of your staff so that your team functions at its full potential. This can be a daunting challenge: some individuals are easier to manage than others.

This course will pinpoint the skills you need to understand and manage staff performance and focus on the University policies which must underpin your approach.

Presentation, DVD and group discussion will be used to highlight key points and activities will give you an opportunity to practise in a safe and supportive environment.

Tuesday 14 March

09:00
Leadership Development Programme for New Heads of Institutions (4 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
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (5 of 7) Not bookable 09:30 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Auckland 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

Wednesday 15 March

09:30
Develop your Career: Interview Techniques (2 of 3) [Full] 09:30 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This course prepares you to excel at interview. You will learn how to anticipate questions you will be asked and plan how to answer them successfully. You will also learn how to project yourself positively and feel as calm and in control as you will look.

This course is highly participative and will include a short mock interview as well as an opportunity to share experiences with other course members.

The focus of the course is to provide participants with the generic skills necessary to succeed at interview in a variety of contexts.

Research staff/postdoctoral research staff are advised to refer to the University Careers Service for information on specific Careers Programmes for research staff/postdoctoral research staff, including interview skills support. For contact details and further information please visit www.careers.cam.ac.uk

Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (6 of 7) Not bookable 09:30 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Auckland 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 16 March

09:30
Develop your Career: Interview Techniques (3 of 3) [Full] 09:30 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This course prepares you to excel at interview. You will learn how to anticipate questions you will be asked and plan how to answer them successfully. You will also learn how to project yourself positively and feel as calm and in control as you will look.

This course is highly participative and will include a short mock interview as well as an opportunity to share experiences with other course members.

The focus of the course is to provide participants with the generic skills necessary to succeed at interview in a variety of contexts.

Research staff/postdoctoral research staff are advised to refer to the University Careers Service for information on specific Careers Programmes for research staff/postdoctoral research staff, including interview skills support. For contact details and further information please visit www.careers.cam.ac.uk

Monday 20 March

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.

Tuesday 21 March

09:00
Lecturing Performance [Full] 09:00 - 13:00 PPD, Revans Room


This course focuses on the practical element of delivery. It will provide you with the opportunity to explore techniques for connecting emotionally and intellectually with an audience, along with overcoming nerves. You will look at how to handle questions effectively and practise vocal techniques.

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

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.

Wednesday 22 March

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.

12:30
Pathways in Higher Education Practice (PHEP): Core Seminar (1 of 3) [Places] 12:30 - 17:00 University Centre, Hicks/Meade Rooms


PHEP is Cambridge's professional development programme for probationer University lecturers and new College teaching officers. With contributions from academic and key administrative staff from the collegiate University, the seminar provides a platform for orientation and exploration of the opportunities, cultures and conventions of the University of Cambridge.

The seminar is a core feature of PHEP and all probationer University lecturers are expected to participate over the whole of the seminar.

You are strongly recommended to attend the Seminar within the first two years of your appointment

Bookings are strictly limited and must close two weeks before the commencement date of the seminar