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Wed 12 Jun – Fri 26 Jul

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Wednesday 12 June

09:30
Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Financial Issues Finished 09:30 - 10:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Who, what and how much — pathways through the finance committees.

10:30
Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Recruitment and Selection Finished 10:30 - 11:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Update on current legislative practices.

11:30
Leadership Programme Briefing Session: HR Legal and Policy Issues Finished 11:30 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Critical information with statutory significance for HOIs.

13:00
Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Managing the University Estate Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Current issues in managing the University Estate.

14:00
Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Equality and Diversity CANCELLED 14:00 - 15:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


How inclusion fosters increased innovation and global impact.

15:00
Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Research Grant Applications Finished 15:00 - 16:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


The briefing will include topics about:

  • Costing & Pricing
  • New Sponsor Terms and Conditions
  • Pitfalls to avoid

Thursday 13 June

13:00
Project Management: Online and Workshop Finished 13:00 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Managing and leading projects is a key skill, and yet it is often poorly understood and actioned; leading to projects that overrun, overspend or overwork the delivery teams.

This blended programme comprises an online module and a face to face workshop. Your booking for the face to face workshop will not be approved until you have completed the online module.

The online module will provide you with a complete toolkit of project management skills (distilled from a number of sound project management “methodologies”) and an overview of various project planning techniques. It has been developed to help you focus on a project you are actively involved in (or one that is about to commence). You will apply a number of tools to real life situations and leave with a clear understanding of the major management issues and the basis of a clear and workable project plan.

The face to face workshop provides an opportunity to build on the learning from the online module. Working with others you will identify options and strategies to help move your project forward and consider solutions to problems you may have encountered.

Instructions regarding how to access the online module will be given in your provisional booking confirmation email. Your booking for the face to face workshop will be confirmed once you have completed the online module.

If you would prefer to complete just the online module without attending a face to face workshop, please visit the booking page for the online module only.

Tuesday 18 June

09:30
Leadership Advanced: The Dynamics of Leadership and Engaging Others (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This two part interactive workshop offers those with some experience of leading and managing others the opportunity to extend their knowledge in relation to leadership and engagement of others. It will provide time to reflect on leadership values, beliefs, attitudes and style and the impact this has on leadership performance. The workshop will also explore how to motivate and engage others to achieve their full potential.

Wednesday 19 June

09:30
Recruitment Essentials: Appointing the Right Candidate Finished 09:30 - 11:30 University Centre, Cormack Room


This workshop provides an opportunity for academic staff to understand the recruitment and selection process and how to create the conditions where you can recruit the best candidate and avoid common pitfalls. It includes an overview of the recruitment and selection process and identifies the key principles to ensure practice is fair to all candidates at each stage.

The course is primarily aimed at academic staff involved in making selection decisions for academic roles and those with responsibility for coordinating academic recruitment procedures.

Thursday 20 June

09:30
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (4 of 7) Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Please note that bookings cannot be placed for the ILM. A new Inclusive Leadership Programme is starting in Michaelmas 2019 and will cover the same key areas as the ILM, including leadership styles, effective communication and effective problem solving. These will be framed within the context of making fair and consistent management decisions. Please search for 'Inclusive Leadership Programme' here on the University Training Booking System to view current events, and note that additional dates will be released.

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.

Friday 21 June

09:00
Professional Services Career Development Programme new Finished 09:00 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

Please note that additional dates will be released shortly.

A new two part programme to support career progression for Professional Services staff:

Part 1

This highly interactive workshop will enable you to step back from the ‘day-to-day’ and focus on your career objectives, short and long term. You will have the opportunity to explore what development opportunities you could grasp and what networks might assist you. You will also have the opportunity to consider what’s holding you back and how you can overcome these barriers to fulfil your career aspirations. You will leave the workshop with a personal career plan in draft format, that you will be able to explore in greater depth during the second part of the programme.

Part 2

An hour-long one-to-one career coaching session provided by a professional career coach from Penna, to take place on the 10th, 11th or 12th July. The booking link will be circulated for participants on the morning of Monday 10th June. If you receive a confirmed booking after this date, or do not receive the booking link on Monday 10th June, please contact PPD.

Monday 24 June

09:15
Assertiveness in Management Finished 09:15 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


As a manager, handling relationships is one of your key skills. An ability to think, speak and act assertively in these relationships will enhance your reputation and success. If you want to motivate staff, earn their loyalty and enable them to achieve the best possible results, then this course is for you. It will also deal with the challenges of managing your own manager assertively.

Tuesday 25 June

09:30
Leadership Advanced: The Dynamics of Leadership and Engaging Others (2 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This two part interactive workshop offers those with some experience of leading and managing others the opportunity to extend their knowledge in relation to leadership and engagement of others. It will provide time to reflect on leadership values, beliefs, attitudes and style and the impact this has on leadership performance. The workshop will also explore how to motivate and engage others to achieve their full potential.

Wednesday 26 June

09:00
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (5 of 7) Finished 09:00 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Auckland Room


Please note that bookings cannot be placed for the ILM. A new Inclusive Leadership Programme is starting in Michaelmas 2019 and will cover the same key areas as the ILM, including leadership styles, effective communication and effective problem solving. These will be framed within the context of making fair and consistent management decisions. Please search for 'Inclusive Leadership Programme' here on the University Training Booking System to view current events, and note that additional dates will be released.

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.

09:15
Communication Skills Advanced: "Was it something I said?" Finished 09:15 - 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.

Thursday 27 June

09:00
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (6 of 7) Finished 09:00 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Istanbul Room


Please note that bookings cannot be placed for the ILM. A new Inclusive Leadership Programme is starting in Michaelmas 2019 and will cover the same key areas as the ILM, including leadership styles, effective communication and effective problem solving. These will be framed within the context of making fair and consistent management decisions. Please search for 'Inclusive Leadership Programme' here on the University Training Booking System to view current events, and note that additional dates will be released.

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.

Tuesday 2 July

09:00
Welcome to Cambridge Finished 09:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall


The University of Cambridge is committed to effective induction for all new members of staff. In addition to the welcome and induction you will receive in your institution, you are warmly invited to take part in the University’s two-stage induction.

The first stage comprises the University’s Induction Online programme. This web resource is a quick and easy way for you to learn all about what it is like to work here as well as understand your role and responsibilities. It provides key information to help you:

  • settle quickly into your new role
  • orientate yourself in your first few weeks at the University
  • understand how the University works


The second stage comprises Welcome to Cambridge, an event hosted by Personal and Professional Development (PPD). Following a welcome from a senior member of the University and an introduction to the role of the Colleges and their relationship with the University, participants can browse the wide range of opportunities and sources of support available to you as a member of University staff. Please review our Exhibitor List. for details of the exhibitors.

09:30
Risk Management (Seminar) CANCELLED 09:30 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


The University must ensure that there are appropriate arrangements in place to promote effective risk management; this is a condition of grant under the terms of the Financial Memorandum between the HEFCE and the Higher Education Institutions it funds.

This course will explore what risk management is and why it is necessary, and the particular benefits that can be derived from effective risk management. A key focus of the course will be to review the University’s system for risk management and to explore how this system can be implemented at the local level of Faculties and Departments.

15:15
Inclusive Leadership Programme Launch Event new Finished 15:15 - 16:30 The Pitt Building, Darwin Room

Leaders and managers in academic, research and professional service roles are invited to join Professor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, to find out more about the new Inclusive Leadership Programme. The event will outline the programme’s key aims and content, designed to support the critical role that leaders and managers play in shaping a positive working environment, supporting progression and ensuring equality.

In her recent statement, Professor Ferran said:

"Achieving equality for all is of fundamental importance to the University and its employees. Both the monitoring of equalities data and feedback from our staff, for example in the Vice-Chancellor’s mycambridge consultation and in the recent staff survey, makes it clear that we need to do more to actively promote an inclusive culture, ensure good management practice and support our staff with their career development. I fully endorse the programmes and encourage you to take the opportunity to participate and support others to do so as well. This is an exciting opportunity for us to take a frank look at how inclusive we currently are and, by working together, how we can make progress towards our goal of achieving equality of pay and opportunity at the University."

NB Registration and refreshments will be available from 3pm. For further information about the Inclusive Leadership Programme and to book a place please see Related courses below.

Wednesday 3 July

09:30
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (7 of 7) Finished 09:30 - 16:30 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Norwich Auditorium


Please note that bookings cannot be placed for the ILM. A new Inclusive Leadership Programme is starting in Michaelmas 2019 and will cover the same key areas as the ILM, including leadership styles, effective communication and effective problem solving. These will be framed within the context of making fair and consistent management decisions. Please search for 'Inclusive Leadership Programme' here on the University Training Booking System to view current events, and note that additional dates will be released.

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.

Thursday 4 July

09:00
Professional Services Career Development Programme new Finished 09:00 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

Please note that additional dates will be released shortly.

A new two part programme to support career progression for Professional Services staff:

Part 1

This highly interactive workshop will enable you to step back from the ‘day-to-day’ and focus on your career objectives, short and long term. You will have the opportunity to explore what development opportunities you could grasp and what networks might assist you. You will also have the opportunity to consider what’s holding you back and how you can overcome these barriers to fulfil your career aspirations. You will leave the workshop with a personal career plan in draft format, that you will be able to explore in greater depth during the second part of the programme.

Part 2

An hour-long one-to-one career coaching session provided by a professional career coach from Penna, to take place on the 10th, 11th or 12th July. The booking link will be circulated for participants on the morning of Monday 10th June. If you receive a confirmed booking after this date, or do not receive the booking link on Monday 10th June, please contact PPD.
13:30
Recruitment Essentials: Appointing the Right Candidate Finished 13:30 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This workshop provides an opportunity for academic staff to understand the recruitment and selection process and how to create the conditions where you can recruit the best candidate and avoid common pitfalls. It includes an overview of the recruitment and selection process and identifies the key principles to ensure practice is fair to all candidates at each stage.

The course is primarily aimed at academic staff involved in making selection decisions for academic roles and those with responsibility for coordinating academic recruitment procedures.

Friday 12 July

14:30
Risk Management (Seminar) POSTPONED 14:30 - 17:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


The University must ensure that there are appropriate arrangements in place to promote effective risk management; this is a condition of grant under the terms of the Financial Memorandum between the HEFCE and the Higher Education Institutions it funds.

This course will explore what risk management is and why it is necessary, and the particular benefits that can be derived from effective risk management. A key focus of the course will be to review the University’s system for risk management and to explore how this system can be implemented at the local level of Faculties and Departments.

Thursday 18 July

12:00
Apprenticeship Network Meeting Finished 12:00 - 13:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Seminar Room

A network meeting for university staff interested in establishing an apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Levy to share questions, experiences and advice.

Friday 26 July

11:00
Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship Webinar Finished 11:00 - 12:00 N/A - online webinar

A webinar providing information on the level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship presented by Glen Suttie of Provek, who are Project Management Training specialists and will deliver this apprenticeship in partnership with Corndel. Further information.

The purpose of the webinar will be to provide you with an overview of the programme, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions.

Apprenticeship guidance can be found here.

A link to the webinar will be sent with the joining instruction when your booking is confirmed.