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February 2022

Wed 2

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails. The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

Tue 8

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails. The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

Tue 22

A short, intensive workshop exploring the role of the manager in supporting participants through the Major Gift Officer Learning Series. The half day workshop will cover;

  • Coaching fundamentals.
  • Key tools and concepts that will be used within the Major Gift Officer Learning Series and how managers can use them to help their teams apply what has been learnt.
  • Strategies for coaching teams to higher levels of performance.

A special session for previous participants of the Major Gift Learning Series (2019/2020).

• Identifying the Right Donors • Enhancing Donor Engagement • Elevating Your Strategy • Applying Cultivation and Qualification Principles • Action Planning

Wed 23
Development and Alumni Relations: Major Gift Officer Learning Series new (1 of 4) Finished 09:00 - 17:00 Jesus College

An intensive programme providing skills based training on capabilities and strategies for major gift fundraising within the University and Colleges.

The programme consists of four sessions over a five month period;

  • Session 1 - Donor-Centred Philanthropy
  • Session 2 - Optimising the In-Person Meeting
  • Sessions 3 & 4 - Driving Meaningful Commitment

March 2022

Thu 31
Development & Alumni Relations: Microsoft Windows Hints and Tips new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Windows 10 has a wealth of nifty, new features which means you might not be using your computer to its full potential. Although you probably know there are easier ways to use your PC, you simply don't have the time or energy to sift through and find the hints and tips yourself.

This 90-minute workshop will guide you through some of the more hidden features to increase productivity.

We will cover:

  • Find a needle in a haystack
  • Get organised and declutter
  • Dos and don'ts of information management
  • Customise Windows and get the most out of your computer
  • Discover hidden features to improve your efficiency and increase productivity
  • Save time by learning numerous tips and shortcuts

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

April 2022

Fri 8
Development & Alumni Relations: Community at Cambridge (Joint Induction) new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

The joint induction aims to provide a broad introduction and overview to all development and alumni relations staff, providing information about the ins and outs of Collegiate Cambridge, as it relates to our area of work. It is also an opportunity for you to network with other new members of staff across the collegiate community.

The session comprises:

  • A welcome and introduction from senior members of the University and Colleges
  • An overview of development and alumni relations functions, roles and responsibilities, with an opportunity to ask questions
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues across Collegiate Cambridge

Zoom joining details will be shared with registered participants a day before the session.

Thu 14
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft Outlook new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Whether we like it or not, email is one of the main ways we communicate in our day-to-day work. However, you may not be using Outlook to its full potential as it has a number of underutilised tools.

Although we know there are probably easier ways to use Outlook, we often don't have the time or energy to sift through and find the hints and tips ourselves. This 90-minute workshop will guide you through some of the more hidden features to increase productivity.

We will cover:

  • Top ten diary management tips
  • Decluttering your inbox to prevent email overload
  • Finding a needle in a haystack
  • Email etiquette dos and don’ts
  • Customising and getting the most out of Outlook
  • Hidden features to improve your efficiency and increase productivity

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

Wed 27
Development and Alumni Relations: Major Gift Officer Learning Series new (2 of 4) Finished 09:00 - 17:00 Trinity Hall, Wyng Gardens

An intensive programme providing skills based training on capabilities and strategies for major gift fundraising within the University and Colleges.

The programme consists of four sessions over a five month period;

  • Session 1 - Donor-Centred Philanthropy
  • Session 2 - Optimising the In-Person Meeting
  • Sessions 3 & 4 - Driving Meaningful Commitment
Thu 28
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft Word new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Microsoft Word is a widely used and powerful word-processing package. The primary objective of this workshop is to broaden your knowledge of Word and to benefit from its overlooked and underused features in order to increase your productivity.

This 90-minute workshop will guide you through the topics and pick up lots of time-saving tips along the way.

We will be cover:

  • Maintaining consistency using Styles
  • Save time by applying Styles to text
  • Modify a Style for the current document
  • Protect your document by setting formatting and editing restrictions
  • Working with long documents
  • Specify different page layouts by inserting Section Breaks
  • Refer to text such as headings and numbered lists using cross-references
  • Create an index, listing keywords along with the page numbers
  • Add visual interest using pictures, charts and SmartArt
  • Create a list of cross-references to pictures, charts and SmartArt

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

May 2022

Thu 12
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft PowerPoint new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

A lively, fast-paced mix of demonstrations - learn how to create professional PowerPoint slides that will keep your audience engaged through the length of your talk - and pick up lots of time-saving tips along the way.

We will cover:

  • Adding visual interest to reach your audience
  • Understanding and working with SmartArt
  • Setting up and reformatting an organisation chart
  • Converting existing presentations to create high impact slide shows
  • Preventing 'death by PowerPoint'
  • Create a "flow" that will hold your audience's attention
  • Adding animation effects and timing to slides
  • Tailor your presentation to different audiences, using custom slide shows
  • Branching to specific slides in a slide show
  • Importing an outline document into PowerPoint
  • Saving a presentation so that other people can watch the presentation on most computers

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

Thu 26
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft Excel new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Microsoft Excel is great for storing and organising your data, but it can be time-consuming and frustrating to find the information you need.

This workshop will show you how to use Excel's powerful tools to quickly retrieve, view and summarise information in numerous ways.

We will cover:

  • Ensuring accurate data entry with data validation
  • Time-saving filters
  • Visually explore and analyse data using conditional formatting
  • Create interactive filters in PivotTables
  • Present your information as a chart
  • Dos and don'ts when working with data
  • Time-saving tricks and shortcuts

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

June 2022

Thu 9
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft Excel (Further use) new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Microsoft Excel has lots of underutilised features that can help to save time and improve productivity. The primary objective of this workshop is to show you how to use these features and to demonstrate their effectiveness, challenging you to do things differently.

We will cover:

  • Working with Formulas and Functions
  • Save time and apply Formulas and Functions to your everyday tasks
  • Search for a value in one place and insert it in another using lookup functions
  • Avoid the 'pitfalls' of relative cell references
  • Test certain conditions and return one of two entries
  • Work with named cells to work faster and smarter with your formulas
  • Managing large workbooks
  • Trace and audit formulas in a worksheet
  • Create a simple dashboard
  • Produce summary reports from different worksheets
  • Merge data from multiple users by linking workbooks

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

Wed 22
Development & Alumni Relations: High Impact Business Writing new CANCELLED 09:00 - 17:00 Development and Alumni Relations: River Cam

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails.

The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

Wed 29
Development and Alumni Relations: Major Gift Officer Learning Series new (3 of 4) Finished 09:00 - 17:00 Homerton College, Paston Brown Room

An intensive programme providing skills based training on capabilities and strategies for major gift fundraising within the University and Colleges.

The programme consists of four sessions over a five month period;

  • Session 1 - Donor-Centred Philanthropy
  • Session 2 - Optimising the In-Person Meeting
  • Sessions 3 & 4 - Driving Meaningful Commitment
Thu 30
Development & Alumni Relations: High Impact Business Writing new CANCELLED 09:00 - 17:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Great Ouse

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails.

The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

Development and Alumni Relations: Major Gift Officer Learning Series new (4 of 4) Finished 10:00 - 16:00 Homerton College, Paston Brown Room

An intensive programme providing skills based training on capabilities and strategies for major gift fundraising within the University and Colleges.

The programme consists of four sessions over a five month period;

  • Session 1 - Donor-Centred Philanthropy
  • Session 2 - Optimising the In-Person Meeting
  • Sessions 3 & 4 - Driving Meaningful Commitment

July 2022

Wed 6
Development & Alumni Relations: High Impact Business Writing new Finished 09:00 - 17:00 Westminster College, Porter's Lodge

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails.

The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

Tue 12
Development & Alumni Relations: High Impact Business Writing new Finished 09:00 - 17:00 Westminster College, Porter's Lodge

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails.

The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

Tue 19
Development & Alumni Relations: High Impact Business Writing new CANCELLED 09:00 - 17:00 Development and Alumni Relations: River Cam

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails.

The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

Wed 27
Development & Alumni Relations: High Impact Business Writing new Finished 09:00 - 17:00 Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails.

The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

September 2022

Tue 20
Development & Alumni Relations: High Impact Business Writing new [Places] 09:30 - 17:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Great Ouse

Finely tuned business-writing skills give you a real advantage when you need to get people to sit up and take notice.

In this intensive, practical session, we’ll show you how to produce effective business writing quickly, and get your documents to the top of the pile. You can apply the methods we teach to all areas of your business: proposal writing, reports, procedures, letters and emails.

The workshop includes a pre-course individual writing analysis to help identify areas for improvement.

What you'll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how to: • set a clear objective • build a logical structure • get your key messages across • choose an appropriate style • establish and build rapport • keep readers reading • make your writing more readable • write confidently and clearly • construct sound, clear sentences • use punctuation logically and helpfully • be sure of your grammar • leave a positive last impression

October 2022

Mon 10
Development and Alumni Relations: Partners in Philanthropy (in person) new [Places] 09:30 - 14:30 Clare College, Elton Bowring Room

Partners in Philanthropy is a workshop for all development support staff, that provides a greater understanding of the concepts that make up the development process. Participants discover key elements of identifying their role in development, understanding donor motivations, and exploring how to better support the development process. The workshop also provides an understanding of development vocabulary and creates the foundation necessary to support a cohesive culture of philanthropy throughout the organisation.

The workshop will cover:

  • Introduction: A brief overview of the workshop, including the research and concepts that serve as its foundation, as well as the process of donor development and the roles of different team members.
  • Understanding Donor Motivation: Participants gain understanding of the development process from the perspectives of donors.
  • Becoming a High-Performance Team Member: Participants learn guidelines and skills for building trust-based relationships with both internal and external constituents.
  • Adapting to Donor Profiles: Participants learn how to identify the profiles of others and explore different personality styles and techniques for communicating with donors (and colleagues) more effectively.
  • Creating a Gratifying Gifting Experience: Participants explore methods for ensuring donors feel appreciated and valued, and gain understanding of how to set the stage for future contributions.
Thu 20
Development and Alumni Relations: Partners in Philanthropy (virtual) new [Places] 13:00 - 17:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Partners in Philanthropy is a workshop for all development support staff, that provides a greater understanding of the concepts that make up the development process. Participants discover key elements of identifying their role in development, understanding donor motivations, and exploring how to better support the development process. The workshop also provides an understanding of development vocabulary and creates the foundation necessary to support a cohesive culture of philanthropy throughout the organisation.

The workshop will cover:

  • Introduction: A brief overview of the workshop, including the research and concepts that serve as its foundation, as well as the process of donor development and the roles of different team members.
  • Understanding Donor Motivation: Participants gain understanding of the development process from the perspectives of donors.
  • Becoming a High-Performance Team Member: Participants learn guidelines and skills for building trust-based relationships with both internal and external constituents.
  • Adapting to Donor Profiles: Participants learn how to identify the profiles of others and explore different personality styles and techniques for communicating with donors (and colleagues) more effectively.
  • Creating a Gratifying Gifting Experience: Participants explore methods for ensuring donors feel appreciated and valued, and gain understanding of how to set the stage for future contributions.
Fri 21
Development and Alumni Relations: Partners in Philanthropy Briefing for MGO participants (virtual) new [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Partners in Philanthropy Briefing is a workshop for previous participants of the Major Gift Officer Learning Series.

Participants will receive a refresher of the tools, techniques and concepts covered in the original learning series and explore how these will be embedded into the organisation to better support the development process and create a cohesive culture of philanthropy.