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2021 International Women's Day Lecture new Mon 8 Mar 2021   16:00 Finished

Dr Nicola Rollock and Professor Stephen J Toope in conversation

Dr Nicola Rollock and Professor Stephen J Toope discuss race, gender and identity at the University of Cambridge as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

Dr Rollock is a leading academic, consultant and public speaker whose scholarship addresses racial justice in education and the workplace. She holds a number of advisory appointments including with the Wellcome Trust and the British Science Association. She is Distinguished Fellow at the Faculty of Education and was appointed Senior Adviser on Race to the Vice-Chancellor in October 2020.

Professor Stephen J Toope has a distinguished career as an academic leader and as a renowned scholar of Human Rights Law. He is the first non-Briton to serve as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge. Since taking up the post in 2018 he has been a strong advocate for equality at the University.

2021 LGBT+ Staff Network Welcome new Wed 27 Oct 2021   17:30 Finished

AI and Technological Impacts on LGBTQ Communities – Dr Shakir Mohamed

5.30 – 6.30pm VIRTUAL MEET UP

6.45 – 8.00pm In person drinks at the Maypole 20a Portugal Place, Cambridge, CB5 8AF

AI and Technological Impacts on LGBTQ Communities Queer communities are a key part of the sociotechnical landscape of modern technologies: being shaped by technology, and in turn shaping them. I'd like to use our time together to open a discussion on technological impacts specifically for queer communities, in areas of censorship, language and identity, and sexual and mental health, and how modern technologies and the advances in artificial intelligence interact with these core issues of queer life. And hopefully hear your own experiences, thoughts, and solutions.

Dr Shakir Mohamed works on technical and sociotechnical questions in machine learning research, aspiring to make contributions to machine learning principles, applied problems in healthcare and environment, and ethics and diversity. Shakir is a research scientist and lead at DeepMind in London, an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and a Honorary Professor of University College London. Shakir is also a founder and trustee of the Deep Learning Indaba, a grassroots organisation aiming to build pan-African capacity and leadership in AI. Shakir was the General Chair for the 2021 International conference on Learning Representations, and a member of the Royal Society’s Diversity Committee.

Life is a risky business with implications for our financial wellbeing. Living longer, working later, career flexibility, and evolving family formations, mean that our financial futures are shaped not only by the decisions we make about our money, but increasingly by the decisions we make about our life.

Join this interactive session with Jane Portas to find out about financial life in the UK, differences in people’s financial life journeys, how financial gaps arise between men, women, and other groups, and what Covid-19 means for all of our financial futures.

Jane will talk about how our mindsets influence our financial life, and introduce “6 Moments That Matter”, which bring together our money and our life, and help us to consider the steps we can take at home, at work and in society to build a secure and fair financial future for everyone.

This event is open to all staff and students.

Jane Portas is a financial expert, author of The Risks in Life Series of award-winning insight reports and financial wellbeing guides, and the creator of 6 Moments That Matter, a unique life-stage approach to help people and organisations to improve fair financial futures. Now a portfolio director, she is a former ‘big 4’ professional services partner where for 30 years she advised financial services firms on strategy, governance, risk, regulation, and customer matters. She is a member of Women’s Business Council, advisor to the charity Surviving Economic Abuse, and a co-founder of Insuring Women’s Futures.

The session will be facilitated by Jenny Rampling, Chair of the University of Cambridge Women’s Staff Network, member of the Women in Higher Education Network team and Senior Programme Co-ordinator, ourcambridge.

Academics considering applying for promotion under the ACP (Research and Teaching) scheme are invited to attend an event hosted by Professor Kamal Munir, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for University Community and Engagement. The event will:

  • provide an overview of the University's Academic Career Path (ACP) (Research and Teaching) procedure;
  • answer some of the common questions about academic promotions; and
  • outline the ACP CV Mentoring Scheme.

We particularly encourage women and staff identifying as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic to attend as they are currently under-represented at senior academic levels.

This session is for staff in HR related roles and will provide an overview of different types of Academic Leave and how and in what circumstances they should be applied.

ACP: Academic Career Pathways new Fri 11 Jun 2021   14:00 Finished

Hosted by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, Professor Eilís Ferran, this session will provide an overview of the University's new Academic Career Pathways (ACP) scheme for research and teaching academics, which replaces the previous Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) scheme, ahead of the launch of the ACP 2022 exercise in September 2021.

Key aspects of this process will be highlighted, together with an overview of the ACP CV Scheme, and some common misconceptions addressed.

ACP: Academic Career Pathways new Mon 14 Jun 2021   14:00 Finished

Hosted by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, Professor Eilís Ferran, this session will provide an overview of the University's new Academic Career Pathways (ACP) scheme for research and teaching academics, which replaces the previous Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) scheme, ahead of the launch of the ACP 2022 exercise in September 2021.

Key aspects of this process will be highlighted, together with an overview of the ACP CV Scheme, and some common misconceptions addressed.

ACP : Academic Career Pathways Open Forum new Thu 2 Jul 2020   09:00 CANCELLED

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

We particularly encourage women and staff identifying as Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) to attend as they are currently under-represented at senior academic levels.

Joining instructions will be provided on your booking confirmation email.

AHA - Where Do You Draw the Line ? new Tue 28 Jan 2020   10:00 Finished

Delivered in a safe and supportive environment, this harassment prevention training offers individuals the opportunity to learn about the different factors that might create and perpetuate a work environment in which harassment and bullying occur, and strategies for how to address this.

VENUE - 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E

A Mindful Wander Around Clare Hall new Tue 5 Jul 2022   14:00 Finished

Join Clare Hall in a guided (or self-guided) mindful wander and outdoor meditation, enjoying the College’s beautiful grounds and gardens. Mindfulness is about purposely paying attention in the present moment, noticing our surroundings and what we are doing, rather than being caught in thinking about the past or future. You’re warmly invited to take in the sights, sounds and fragrances of Clare Hall’s green spaces this summertime. The guided session will begin with mindful sculpture sketching and tree gazing, before heading over to West Court for a short guided meditation, after which participants will be free to roam our gardens.

Detail on activities:

Mindful sculpture sketching: we will provide paper and pens for a short mindful sketching exercise, in which participants are invited not to look at the paper and to simply look very closely at a sculpture and sketch what they most notice. You may be surprised by your creation!

Tree gazing: walking along Herschel Road we will pause and look carefully at the large, leafy trees, listening to any sounds and wildlife we may notice.

Guided meditation: once at West Court we will lay down or sit on the grass and a Clare Hall staff member will invite attendees to follow a short guided body scan meditation, focusing on the face, shoulders, hands and feet as applicable.

Free to roam: once we have completed the above activities, you are very welcome to wander our gardens and grounds freely, leaving at a time to best suit your schedule.

Self-guided option: You can also enjoy a self-guided wander if you’d prefer to practice mindfulness solo or with your friends. Please sign up via Eventbrite to receive a digital copy of the Mindful Wander guide, or pick up a paper copy from our Porters’ Lodge.

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water or other refreshment with you.

Clare Hall is a college for advanced study at the University of Cambridge, located close to the University Library and neighbouring Robinson College.

Apprenticeships: Supporting New and Existing Staff new Thu 12 Mar 2020   11:00 CANCELLED

This session will provide an update on apprenticeships within the University.

It aims to help HR colleagues across Schools and departments to understand the role that they can play in utilising this resource to support the development of staff and embed apprenticeships into the fabric of the University’s recruitment and workforce strategies.

This could include succession planning, and individual personal development and aspirations.

Athena SWAN: Attainment Gaps new Thu 23 Jan 2020   12:00 Finished

This session is for departments wishing to identify and address student gender and BAME attainment gaps. Gina Warren, E&D, and Dr Ruth Walker, Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning, will discuss how to approach this work, and will explore methodologies to investigate attainment gaps.

In June this year, Advance HE launched a new transformed Athena Swan Charter. The newly enhanced framework was developed in full consultation with sector practitioners, EDI Champions and specialist sub-groups overseen by the Athena Swan Governance Committee. The framework has been transformed based on the recommendations made in the Independent Review led by the Athena Swan Steering Group.

Those who apply for Athena Swan awards under the transformed charter can expect to benefit from:

  • A paradigm shift from prescription to autonomy and flexibility
  • Advance HE moving from being in a position of assessment to a developmental and supporting approach
  • A reduction in administrative burden including a halving of data requirements.

Join the ED&I Team to hear about the new scheme in more detail, and how this will affect your future applications.

For more information, and to view the new forms, information pack and resources please visit the Athena Swan Resources Sharepoint folder.

In June this year, Advance HE launched a new transformed Athena Swan Charter. The newly enhanced framework was developed in full consultation with sector practitioners, EDI Champions and specialist sub-groups overseen by the Athena Swan Governance Committee. The framework has been transformed based on the recommendations made in the Independent Review led by the Athena Swan Steering Group.

Those who apply for Athena Swan awards under the transformed charter can expect to benefit from:

  • A paradigm shift from prescription to autonomy and flexibility
  • Advance HE moving from being in a position of assessment to a developmental and supporting approach
  • A reduction in administrative burden including a halving of data requirements.

Join the ED&I Team to hear about the new scheme in more detail, and how this will affect your future applications.

For more information, and to view the new forms, information pack and resources please visit the Athena Swan Resources Sharepoint folder.

Athena SWAN: Recruitment and Induction new Thu 13 Jun 2019   12:30 Finished

This session will give an overview of recruitment best practice and how to attract a more diverse range of applicants.

We will look at how to write an advert, further information documents, shortlisting and interview processes.

There will be discussion around best practice in inclusive induction and probation processes.

Athena SWAN Smart Action Planning new Tue 12 Nov 2019   11:00 Finished

This session will help departments develop appropriate actions for the issues identified from the self-assessment process and to make action plans SMART and effective tools for achieving gender equity.

Athena SWAN: SMART Action Planning new Tue 19 Mar 2019   12:00 Finished

This workshop will help Departments to develop appropriate actions for the issues identified in the self-assessment process, and to make action plans SMART and effective tools for achieving gender balance.

Athena SWAN: Smart Action Planning new Mon 20 Jan 2020   11:30 Finished

This session will help departments develop appropriate actions for the issues identified from the self-assessment process and to make action plans SMART and effective tools for achieving gender equity.

Athena SWAN Support Session new Tue 4 Dec 2018   09:30 Finished

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.

Athena SWAN Support Session new Thu 1 Nov 2018   11:30 Finished

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.

Athena SWAN Support Session new Thu 7 Nov 2019   11:00 Finished

Supporting departments working towards Athena SWAN awards, this in-depth session will help with the different aspects of applying including data collection, analysis and action planning.

E&D team members will help troubleshoot common problems and will share examples of best practice across the University.

BAME Staff Network Meeting new Thu 21 Jan 2021   09:00 Finished

We hope you can join us for a BAME Staff Network meeting hosted by network Co-Chairs and committee members on Thursday 21st January at 9.00am via Zoom.

The aim of the meeting will be to update members on priority progress as well as a host specific discussions on:

  • mutual respect and grievance policies and
  • mentoring

Zoom joining details will be provided on your booking confirmation email.

BAME Staff Network Meeting new Tue 28 Jul 2020   10:00 Finished

This virtual event will be an opportunity to meet the new Chairs of the BAME Staff Network Professor Franklin Aigbirhio and Dr Rabia Dada-Oughton.

It will also serve as a space to discuss the aims, purpose, and structure of the Network, as well as key priorities and initiatives the Network should take forward.

Zoom joining instructions will be available on your booking confirmation email

BAME Staff Network: Monthly Coffee Morning new Fri 12 Jun 2020   11:00 Finished

Janet Ramdeo and I would like to invite you to join us in discussing a text, article or book that has had impact on you in terms of your identity (with regard to race or intersectionality). You're welcome to join even if you do not have any text in mind.

Joining instructions will be shared on your booking confirmation email.

Beach Visualisation Exercise new Fri 26 Jun 2020   15:00 Finished

Many of us are suffering from anxiety at the moment, which is not surprising given the impact on our lives from the Covid-19 pandemic.

This session offers you the opportunity to kick off your shoes, sit back and relax.

You will enjoy a 20 minute beach visualisation designed to take you on a mini-break that will leave you relaxed and refreshed. There will also be some information about the Staff Counselling Centre.

Joining instructions will be provided on your booking confirmation email.

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