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Equality & Diversity

Equality & Diversity course timetable


Wed 4 Jul 2018 – Wed 21 Nov 2018

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Wednesday 4 July 2018

Communicating research in the ‘post-truth’ era new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1

Has the public really had enough of experts?

Too often, scientists seem to exist in a different reality to everyone else. This provokes the mindset that the work being done is irrelevant to the world, and diminishes the incredible breakthroughs that are being made on a day-to-day basis.

Join Dr Giles Yeo talk will take a look at the role scientists must play in dispelling these myths, to truly engage the public and again place value on truth in this ‘post-truth’ world, and why people believe in things that are obviously false.

The Ins and Outs of Cycling in Cambridge new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

This hour long interactive seminar includes general cycling advice and illustrations of some of the cycling infrastructure in and around Cambridge. Included are a number of short videos, examples of how to lock your bike, bike lights and cycle safety tips. Feel free to bring along your lunch!

Dance at the Museum new Finished 12:00 - 12:50 Fitzwilliam Museum, Seminar Room

An opportunity to explore & respond to art through relaxation, slow looking, self expression & movement with dance artist Filipa Periera-Stubbs

A Herbal Garden Walk new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall

A one hour walk around the wild grounds of Madingley Hall led by Herbalist Julie Dore and Head Gardener Richard Gant. Julie tell you about the medicinal, edible and historical uses of some of our native flora in this relaxing and beautiful setting.

Tower Tours at the University Library new Finished 12:45 - 13:30 Cambridge University Library: Entrance Hall

At 157 feet tall Cambridge University Library’s tower is its most recognisable feature, and can be seen for miles around. This tour of the tower, normally accessible only to Library staff, reveals some of the secrets held in its collections. The subject of the UL’s current exhibition, the tower collections (over half a million books on 11 floors) tell the story of two centuries of popular publishing in the UK, received under the Copyright Act and since 1934 held in the tower as ‘secondary’ to the Library’s main academic collections. Victorian toys and games jostle for shelf space with colourful children’s books, Edwardian fiction in pristine dust jackets and popular periodicals.

Now recognised as a treasure trove for researchers, its collections tell the story of our national life through the printed word. The exhibition can be viewed in the Milstein Exhibition Centre before or after your tour. Please note that the lift stops on the 15th floor. Access to the 16th floor is via a single flight of stairs. This tour may not be suitable for those uncomfortable in confined spaces or those with mobility issues.

  • 18s and over only
  • In the event of a fire evacuation or lift failure, access up or down the tower is via 200+ steps. Therefore, this tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users.
  • This tour may not be suitable for those uncomfortable in confined spaces
  • Bags and large coats must be left in our Locker Room off the Entrance Hall before the tour commences
  • No food or drink may be consumed at any point on the tour
  • The tower is a high-security area and the Library reserves the right to search tour visitors on exit
Dance at the Museum new Finished 13:00 - 13:50 Fitzwilliam Museum, Seminar Room

An opportunity to explore & respond to art through relaxation, slow looking, self expression & movement with dance artist Filipa Periera-Stubbs

Thursday 5 July 2018

Exploring your wellbeing with LEGO new Finished 08:30 - 10:10 Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall

In this workshop you will explore what wellbeing means to you and how you could enhance yours. The workshop will use the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation method to help explore complex topics.

Building with LEGO® bricks and using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation will make sure that you, and the others in the group, contribute equally and understand each other. It will stimulate your thinking, communication and, problem solving skills and create an environment with insight, confidence and commitment. Your possibilities for learning are enormous.

To get the most from the session the group will work together using the basic principles of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®: 1. Question – an issue and a suitable open question is identified 2. Build – you make LEGO® brick models to answer the question from your own perspective 3. Share – you all explain your model using it as a metaphor to answer the question 4. Reflect – the group checks everyone’s understanding, and makes sense of the knowledge that has been unlocked.

100% of the participants are involved for 100% of the session unlike conventional workshops where 20% of the people do 80% of the talking and not everyone is engaged.

You will find the approach useful because:

  • We all have a unique perspective
  • Our brain works better in three dimensions
  • Playing in three dimensions lets us see more perspectives and have more ideas
  • Story-making and metaphors help you communicate more clearly
Introduction to the Short Story with Lucy Durneen new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall

We're all natural born storytellers and the twenty-first century encourages us to write in ever shorter, ever more compressed ways. But small is beautiful, and compression often allows us to express much more, and with deeper resonance, than we might expect. This informal workshop will explore the particular attraction of the short story and how you might begin to write your own 'flash', 'sudden' or 'micro' fiction."

Relaxation new Finished 12:00 - 12:45 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Multi-function Room

Relax and unwind in the middle of your busy day – it may well make your afternoon more productive. You will leave this session with some tips for relaxing in the workplace on a daily basis.

Mindfulness new Finished 12:00 - 12:45 Staff Counselling Service

Most simply, mindfulness is ‘the art of conscious living’ (Kabat-Zinn 2005) – the art of bringing into our awareness the whole of our experiencing, as it happens, in the present, immediate moment of its happening. The practice of mindfulness can be very effective in stress reduction and improved mental health.

A new consciousness - meditation experiments new Finished 12:30 - 13:15 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room

Albert Einstein quoted: "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

The aim of this 45 minute session is to attempt to grasp that higher consciousness.

The session will include short meditations as well as a chance for discussion and questions.

Friday 6 July 2018

Cycle ride to Grantchester Meadows with picnic! new Finished 11:45 - 12:45 University Library

Join us for a led cycle ride to Grantchester Meadows at lunchtime for a picnic (weather permitting)! All abilities welcome, rides will be led by 2 fully trained cycle instructors and will start and return at the University Library entrance. All you need to bring is a bike and some lunch!

Meet outside the University Library entrance, West Road.

Breaking free from the acceleration trap: How organisations can fight burnout and foster wellbeing new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Norwich Auditorium

When organizations are faced with intense market pressures, they often take on more than they can handle: they increase the number and speed of their activities, raise performance goals, shorten innovation cycles and introduce new management technologies. For a while, they succeed brilliantly but eventually the frenetic pace starts to sap employees' motivation and, ironically, begins to hamper performance. As a result, exhaustion and resignation begin to blanket the company, with dire consequences for all.

In a Harvard Business Review article, Dr Jochen Menges called this problem 'the acceleration trap' – it really is endemic of our times. In a 2018 research study, he finds that the employees that are most engaged are often the ones that are closest to exhaustion and burnout.

In this session, he will share his research, explain how you can find out whether your organisation is in the acceleration trap, how you can break free from the trap and how to avoid excessive acceleration in the future.

How to be an Active Bystander new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help, but didn't? Hearing a racist/sexist/homophobic joke in the tea room? Seeing an inappropriate touch of a friend? Watching a colleague wince at being belittled or interrupted in a team meeting? You're not alone, this is more common for many of us than you might think.

Come along to this short session to find out why this happens and what it means to be an active bystander. This includes simple changes and actions you can take to support others around you without confrontation and, over time, support a more inclusive environment for all of us to live and work in.

Sunday 26 August 2018

UBS - WDYDTL? new Finished 00:00 - 00:05 Room to be confirmed

Spreadsheet list received 08 Oct 2019

Includes people who have attended multiple sessions on different days but no dates given

Thursday 11 October 2018

SAP Forum new Finished 15:30 - 16:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) Open Forum

Hosted by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, Professor Eilís Ferran, this session will provide an overview of the University's Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) procedure, highlight the main changes to the process, provide an overview of the SAP CV Scheme and address some common misconceptions.

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Changing Mindset new Finished 12:00 - 12:45 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Based on the book Learn to Love Stress by Sara Hansen, this session will allow you to identify your mindset and use it to overcome stress, make personal changes, and improve your life at work and home.

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Let’s Talk About Race new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Corpus Christi, McCrum Theatre

During this event we will share what we know about the racial composition of the University and what staff and students have told us about their experiences.

We will present the institutional action plan to improve racial equality at Cambridge and will seek your feedback.

The Vice-Chancellor will also reflect on the University’s aspirations and the way forward towards a more inclusive University.

A light lunch will be provided from 12noon.

Thursday 25 October 2018


This session is suitable for those who wish to learn more about stress management at work, how to differentiate between helpful and unhelpful forms of stress and learn to identify their own personal work based sources of stress and triggers.


An opportunity to learn more about what happens in the body when we are stressed and the common symptoms that can occur. 
Time to think about and focus on relationships at work and how we might navigate those when they too become a source of stress

Monday 29 October 2018

Research Office - WDYDTL ? new Finished 00:00 - 00:05

UTBS created 30 October 2019 - from paper records kept

Thursday 1 November 2018

Athena SWAN Support Session new Finished 11:30 - 13:30 Department of Biochemistry, Hopkins Seminar Room Two

To support our departments working towards Bronze and Silver Athena SWAN awards, this session will provide in-depth help with the different aspects of applying.

E&D team members will cover data collection, analysis and presentation and action planning including examples of best practice across the University and troubleshooting common problems.

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Conversations on Career Progression and Race new Finished 12:00 - 12:45 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Our speakers Kusam Leal, Deputy School Secretary in the School of Physical Sciences, and Ricardo Rocha, early career conservation scientist, will talk about their career experience in academia and beyond, the challenges faced and strategies of dealing with them.

It will be an opportunity to discuss ideas and suggestions that might help others in the same situation.

Thursday 8 November 2018

Research Office - WDYDTL ? new Finished 00:00 - 00:05

UTBS created 30 October 2019 - from paper records kept

Wednesday 21 November 2018

WellCAM: Introduction to Transformational Life Coaching Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre @ Mill Lane, Committee Room

The aim of the session, led by Nest Coaching, is to provide the attendees with a greater understanding of coaching, its application, its benefits and results. It will:

  • Outline the differences between therapy, counselling and coaching
  • Demonstrate how coaching can be used purposefully and positively in people’s lives, both inside and outside the workplace
  • Provide an opportunity to experience some of the techniques used in coaching practice
  • Explore real case study examples where coaching has been successful in a variety of settings

By the end of the workshop, you will also understand why focusing on your strengths and recognising your emotions will help you strive, flourish and perform better in the workplace and at home.

Programme outline

12.00 – 12.10 Introduction to coaching

12.10 – 12.35 Coaching exercises

12.35 – 12.45 Case examples

12.45 – 13.00 Close Questions

Coaching for Confidence at Work and Home

Managing work, life and family can be challenging.

Sometimes we all need a helping hand to take the next step towards our goals. Whether you need support to deal with the stresses of life, being a parent or working through your career choices, our expert coaching team is here to help.

Our focus on Nurturing, Empowering, Supporting and Training will move you forward, so you become fulfilled at home and at work.

Trans Awareness new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

This session will set the wider context for Trans identities, provide greater understanding of the experience of Trans people and explore uses of language and key terms such as cisgender, non-binary and transgender, all in a safe supportive environment.