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Better Decision Making: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Better Decision Making: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Have you ever been in a team meeting where no one voiced their opinions, there was a lack of discussion, and everyone simply went along with the most senior person?

A high performing team is one that is able to bounce ideas off each other, problem solve, and feel comfortable that no one will not be humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes. But how can this be achieved?

In this course, we explore what psychological safety looks like in a hybrid environment, what gets in the way of us speaking up, and the science-backed strategies to become a psychologically safe team in today's modern working world.

Access the recording of the Building Psychological Safety in Hybrid Teams Webinar.

Coaching - GROW Model: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Coaching - GROW Model: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Coaching Skills for Managers Wed 10 May 2023   11:30 [Full]


Coaching is an essential tool for managers and other professionals to use to help individuals to unlock their full potential and enhance their performance. You will be introduced to the technique of coaching and focus on the development of a range of skills that may be used to coach others effectively. This course is highly participative and will include the opportunity to practice your coaching skills.

Courageous Conversations new Tue 23 May 2023   14:00 [Places]


We all have challenging conversations from time to time that we dread. Wishing it would go away rarely works. Having a clear strategy can make all the difference. This workshop is designed to give you the skills and confidence to have a meaningful, productive conversation at work.

This 90 minute scenario-based training, incorporating forum theatre, aims to entertain and inform. You will be watching a live work based conversation and have the opportunity to give feedback and interact with the ‘characters’ to understand and develop a positive outcome. By the end of this webinar you will have a better understanding of how a difficult conversation can go wrong and how to put it right.

We will explore how the best intentions can sometimes go wrong. We will help you build a solid technique to get it right.

The main session is for 90 minutes, followed by optional time for further discussion and Q&A with the trainer.


Managing conflict and challenging situations in the workplace can be difficult, time consuming and can potentially have a negative impact on you and your team. This course will help you to understand some of the reasons why these situations arise, and identify strategies for managing these situations effectively.

Developing Talent in your Team Wed 26 Apr 2023   09:30 [Full]


Managing and developing talent in your team is a key skill for any manager in order to create an environment for their team to perform to the best of their ability, both individually and as a group.

From adopting a strategic approach to developing talent in order to deliver objectives, to understanding key strategies for developing your team at each stage of the employee lifecycle, this interactive and participative workshop offers you the opportunity to consider how to develop strength in your team, enhance motivation and wellbeing as well as share your experiences with others.


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.

This online course, including visual, audio and filmed material, will focus on an overview of the process, practical advice and useful reminders of good practice to help you to make the most of SRD. You will need a PC, Mac or tablet device.

Please make a booking to receive instructions about how to access the online course.

View a short trailer for the online course.

Feedback Model: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Feedback Model: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Feedback Tips: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Feedback Tips: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

GANTT Charts: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

GANTT Charts: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.


Giving effective feedback to your team members is one of the key responsibilities of anyone who supervises or manages others. It improves performance, boosts morale and can help people to do their job to the best of their ability.

This course is full of key tips to help you give feedback that is supportive, constructive and helpful and incorporates instructional film resources to help you apply what you have learned. It also focuses on how to avoid common mistakes when giving feedback to others and how to receive feedback well.

How Do We Do Change: Podcast new Self-taught Booking not required


Change is constant and inevitable, but how do we do change well? How do we embrace it and how do we get everyone on board? What does successful change look like and what pitfalls should we avoid. In this podcast, Emma Marron, the Head of HR Shared Services at the University joins Reshmin Haq (PPD) and shares her many experiences on change and discusses how to implement a successful change.

To find out more about the Kotter model mentioned in the podcast, check out PPD’s resource on this - Leading change model | Personal and Professional Development (cam.ac.uk)

Access the recording of the How Do We Do Change Podcast.

How to Delegate: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

How to Delegate: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Inclusive Leadership Programme Thu 4 May 2023   09:30   [More dates...] Not bookable

This programme is designed to support leaders and managers across the University (in academic, research and professional service posts) with the skills and insights they need to lead others effectively. It will enable participants to reflect on their current leadership style and provide techniques they can use to effectively manage a diverse range of perspectives and create an inclusive culture across the University. Those with responsibility for others have a key role to play in shaping a positive working environment, supporting progression and ensuring equality, including pay equality. Given the University's strategic priorities, it is critical that leaders and managers understand the impact of their decisions throughout the employment timeline and know how to reduce the risk of sex, race or other discrimination, whether explicit or implicit.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Pearn Kandola, experts in evidence-based inclusive leadership development.

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Date Availability
Tue 10 Jan 2023 09:30 Not bookable


This short session will set the scene for those moving in to a role with professional responsibility for other members of staff at the University, supporting their work, behaviour and development. As we all know from our personal and professional experience, leaders and managers play a critical role in ensuring a productive, motivating and respectful working environment. The interactive session will explore what it means to be a good manager of others and provide pointers to where to find important information and further development as needed.

It is aimed at staff across all areas, disciplines, staff groups and levels of responsibility, including staff who are:

  • new to managing one or more others
  • new to leading a service or research area
  • new to Cambridge, either as a new manager or with previous experience

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Date Availability
Thu 20 Apr 2023 09:30 [Full]
Tue 20 Jun 2023 09:30 [Full]

Effective risk management enables the University to identify, assess and seize opportunities which assist in the delivery of its objectives and improve its performance, whilst protecting the reputation and sustainability of the University. The University is committed to ensuring that it has a robust and comprehensive system of risk management in line with the requirements of the Office for Students.

This interactive tutorial provides an introduction to the principles of risk management at the University of Cambridge. The course will give you an introduction to risk management, help you to understand why risk management is necessary and point to some practical tools and guidance to support you in managing risks.

Leadership and Management Accountabilities: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Leadership and Management Accountabilities: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.


The Briefing aims to address key information required for Heads of Institution with regard to finance. Professor David Cardwell, PVC Strategy and Planning and David Hughes, Director of Finance will cover the following topics:

  • University financials and overarching narrative
  • Planning, budgeting and investment decision making (today and tomorrow)
  • Introduction to key Financial Regulations and operational procedures
  • Current key transformational initiatives, including the Enhanced Financial Transparency project
  • Where to go for help and support

Please note that this session will be recorded and details will follow after the session. There will be an opportunity to discuss points and ask questions once the recording has ended.


Alison will provide you with an understanding of the importance of philanthropy, how it makes a difference for Cambridge and how you can partner in raising private support for departments and the University.

Please note that this session will be recorded and details will follow after the session. There will be an opportunity to discuss points and ask questions once the recording has ended.

The interim Director of Estates Operations will provide an overview of the Estates Division and various initiatives underway to improve the Estate. 

Please note that this session will be recorded and details will follow after the session. There will be an opportunity to discuss points and ask questions once the recording has ended.

Graeme will provide guidance and perspective on this complex and rapidly changing topic.

Please note that this session will be recorded and details will follow after the session. There will be an opportunity to discuss points and ask questions once the recording has ended.

Jo’s briefing will provide you with an understanding of the risks associated with undertaking externally funded research projects and how income from research impacts the University finances, particularly in the current climate.

Please note that this session will be recorded and details will follow after the session. There will be an opportunity to discuss points and ask questions once the recording has ended.

Leadership Essentials new Wed 8 Feb 2023   09:30   [More dates...] [Full]


Leadership Essentials is a key programme suitable for those with responsibilities for others’ work, behaviour and development, which aims to help managers refresh and build their skills and experience in this area. As well as clarifying key responsibilities, it focuses on critical areas that some can find more difficult, such as giving and receiving feedback effectively and handling challenging conversations. The programme incorporates tutor input; opportunities for discussion, reflection and sharing of good practice with others with similar responsibilities. It also includes curated e-learning resources to support managers with their ongoing learning and development.

Participants are required to attend both half day sessions.

Before attending, please take some time to review the short Leadership Essentials: Management Responsibilities Films of other University colleagues talking about their role as a manager.

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Date Availability
Mon 13 Mar 2023 09:30 [Full]
Tue 25 Apr 2023 09:30 [Full]
Leadership Masterclass Films: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Miriam will discuss how inclusion fosters increased innovation and impact, reflect on the impact of Covid19 and BLM, University equality data on sex, ethnicity and nationality, University actions and initiatives and integrating Equality Diversity and Inclusion in to what you do.

Access the recording of the Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webinar.

The Briefing aims to address key information required for Heads of Institution with regard to finance. Professor David Cardwell, PVC Strategy and Planning and David Hughes, Director of Finance covered the following topics:

  • University financials and overarching narrative
  • Planning, budgeting and investment decision making (today and tomorrow)
  • Introduction to key Financial Regulations and operational procedures
  • Current key transformational initiatives, including the Enhanced Financial Transparency project
  • Where to go for help and support

Access the recording of the Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Finance for Heads of Institution webinar.

Alison will provide you with an understanding of the importance of philanthropy, how it makes a difference for Cambridge and how you can partner in raising private support for departments and the University.

Access the recording of the Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Fundraising and Philanthropy webinar.

Gary Moss, Director of the Estates Division, will provide an overview of Estates Division and various initiatives underway to improve the Estate.

Access the recording of the Leadership Programme Briefing Session: Managing the University Estate webinar.

Graeme Ross, the Head of Immigration & Compliance, will provide guidance and perspective on this complex and rapidly changing topic.

Access the recording of the Leadership Briefing Session: Navigating the Immigration Landscape in a Brexit and Covid World webinar.

Leading Change Model: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Leading Change Model: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.


Change is a constant feature in today’s workplace and this level of change certainly won’t go away and may indeed become more intense.

Studies show that the line manager has a critical role to play in ensuring staff are ready for change and in successfully implementing it. It can therefore be helpful to reflect on how we personally approach and manage change and how we can lead and support our teams through change.

This online course will give you some practical steps to help you lead your team through change whilst maintaining your own wellbeing.

Let Us Talk Teams: Podcast new Self-taught Booking not required


How do you lead, build and contribute to creating effective Teams? What is the secret map for this? In this podcast, Reshmin Haq (PPD) discusses building effective teams using the Tuckman model with Daniela Manca (University Recovery Programme).

Access the recording of the Let us Talk Teams Podcast.

LinkedIn Learning: Crucial Conversations new Self-taught Booking not required

A LinkedIn Learning course on Crucial Conversations, curated by PPD.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

LinkedIn Learning: Developing People new Self-taught Booking not required

A LinkedIn Learning course on Developing People, curated by PPD.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

LinkedIn Learning: Influencing and Negotiating new Self-taught Booking not required

A LinkedIn Learning course on Influencing and Negotiating, curated by PPD.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

A LinkedIn Learning course on Leadership and Management - Essentials, curated by PPD.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

A LinkedIn Learning course on Leadership and Management – Feedback Skills, curated by PPD.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

LinkedIn Learning: Managing and Leading Remotely new Self-taught Booking not required

A LinkedIn Learning course on Managing and Leading Remotely, curated by ourcambridge.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

LinkedIn Learning: Project Management new Self-taught Booking not required

LinkedIn Learning resources on Project Management, curated by University of Cambridge project managers.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

A LinkedIn Learning course on Staff Review and Development, curated by PPD.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

LinkedIn Learning: Strategic Thinking new Self-taught Booking not required

A LinkedIn Learning course on Strategic Thinking, curated by PPD.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

LinkedIn Learning: Team Working new Self-taught Booking not required

A LinkedIn Learning course on Team Working, curated by PPD.

This is provided by the University of Cambridge subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

Please note that your training record on LinkedIn Learning will not currently be available via your training record within the University Training Booking System (UTBS).

Management Responsibilities Films: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Management Responsibilities Films: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.


For many people having challenging conversations can be difficult and feel uncomfortable; however the ability to be able to talk about sensitive and emotive issues is an integral part of effective line management and can be critical to managing performance, promoting attendance and improving team dynamics.

This course will give you some practical steps to help you handle these conversations better and, where possible, get the right outcome for you, the individual and the University.

Managing Change Wed 22 Feb 2023   09:30   [More dates...] [Places]


Change is a constant feature in today’s workplace and yet many of us find it hard to navigate successfully through change.

Studies show that the line manager has a critical role to play in ensuring staff are ready for change and in successfully implementing it. These sessions will equip you with the skills and attitudes you need to guide, support and motivate your team through the process of change.

Case studies, discussion and activities will provide the opportunity to share ideas and embed skills.

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Date Availability
Wed 3 May 2023 09:30 [Places]

This session is for leaders and managers to consider this part of their role in the context of working in a hybrid environment.

Since March 2020, people managers have continued to support individuals and teams to work together to ensure that key tasks have been achieved whether onsite and offsite. It's been a huge challenge at times – working out how to balance the work whilst maintaining safety, health and wellbeing. The learning has also been huge and this session aims to highlight how areas of practice (that have always been important for managers) have been and are still impacted by current ways of working. Maintaining a sense of shared identity and purpose, as well as ensuring equal access to information, relationships and opportunity, have all become new priorities. We will look at the challenges and opportunities given by working in a hybrid environment, and share ideas and techniques for good practice.

Access the recording of the Managing in a Hybrid Environment – What's Changed Webinar.

MBTI: Understanding Personality Thu 16 Mar 2023   09:30 CANCELLED


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality instrument worldwide, based on over 50 years’ research and development.

It presents a framework for understanding how you operate, how others operate, and how you can use that understanding to get more from yourself and the relationships you have with others.

This workshop is led by a qualified MBTI practitioner and will involve taking the MBTI questionnaire, investigating the four areas of preference covered by MBTI, self-assessment of type with group exercises, looking at your best fit type and investigating how it could help you at work.

Learning about your personality type can help you to understand your role within your team and the role of others. It can also help you to cope with organisational change, deal with stress effectively and develop your emotional intelligence.

PESTLE Analysis: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

PESTLE Analysis: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Situational Leadership: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Situational Leadership: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

SMART Objectives: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

SMART Objectives: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Whether you work in a research, teaching or professional service area, SRD (or appraisal) provides the opportunity for individuals to engage in constructive discussion with supervisors, managers or academic/research colleagues about current and future work and personal and career development. This short webinar is a useful refresher about the overall purpose and outcomes of SRD and an opportunity to consider what you can do to help ensure an effective discussion as reviewee and/or reviewer.

The webinar will have limited opportunity for discussion due to time, for further content, please view the online module - Effective Staff Review and Development: Online Course and the LinkedIn pathway - Personal and Professional Development - LinkedIn Learning: Staff Review and Development (All Staff)

Stages of Conflict: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Stages of Conflict: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Stakeholder Management: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Stakeholder Management: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Strategic Development Programme Films: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Strategic Development Programme Films: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.


The SDP programme will offer a blend of theory and practical learning sessions, interwoven with the strategy and governance context of the University and delivered through five sessions.

Tuckman's Team Development Model: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Tuckman's Team Development Model: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

What Makes a Successful Team: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

What Makes a Successful Team: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

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