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10 Days of Twitter: Beginner's course new Mon 18 Jan 2016   10:00 Finished

Learn the basics of Twitter by completing 1 short online activity per day, for 10 days and join the global network of researchers who already use it (http://www.nature.com/news/online-collaboration-scientists-and-the-social-network-1.15711)

This is an online course - you will NOT be required to attend a workshop session.

Tasks will cover:

  • the basics – how to set up an account, follow people and send tweets
  • the conventions (@, #, RT, etc.)
  • etiquette and social conventions
  • the plethora of ‘apps’ or third party tools to add on
  • strategies for tweeting effectively and building a network
AAT Alumni new Mon 5 Feb 2018   13:30 Finished

Across the university and assoicated bodies we have many members of staff who have previously studied AAT or are currently studying. We have set up an alumni group specifically for these AAT qualified/part qualified staff as a way to maintain the connection and to support their continued development

Cyber security

Protecting the University’s assets, intellectual property and information against cyber security threats is a complex, evolving task. Cyber attacks can result in data loss, reputational damage, fines and other types of financial loss. To help protect the University against these risks, University Information Services (UIS) is overseeing a major programme to improve cyber security levels across the University

Kieren Lovell from UIS will be coming to speak about how we manage our security in the University and what steps we can take to protect ourselves.

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is the starting point for studying the AAT qualfiication.

It is a short qualification which will help you to develop essential bookkeeping skills. Once completed, you will have an understanding of basic accounting practices and techniques including double-entry bookkeeping. It can be treated as a stand alone qualifcation or used as a stepping stone to further AAT study at Level 3.

Once you have registered here you will need to complete the application form at the back of the briefing pack. These packs are available on our website https://www.finance.admin.cam.ac.uk/training/professional-qualifications/aat/university-programme

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting 2019-20 charged Mon 9 Sep 2019   12:30 Not bookable


The AAT Level 3, Diploma in Accounting, introduces to students to more complex financial processes and accounting tasks, the principles of VAT, professional ethics and develops their spreadsheet skills.

In addition to applying for a provisional place here, you will need to complete an application form which can be found on our website https://www.finance.admin.cam.ac.uk/training/professional-qualifications/aat/university-programme
AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting 2019-20 charged Mon 9 Sep 2019   13:30 Not bookable

The course details are being finalised, for now please book a provisional place here and we will let you know when the details and application packs are available

AAT Level 4, Professional Diploma in accounting.

Students will be placed on the public day release programme with an external provider

Once you have registered here you will need to complete the application form at the back of the briefing pack. This pack is available on our website https://www.finance.admin.cam.ac.uk/training/professional-qualifications/aat/university-programme Dates will be added once they have been confirmed

A Brief Introduction to Managing Laser Safety Tue 11 Sep 2012   14:30 CANCELLED

This course provides a brief introduction to laser safety management for those with supervisory responsibilities for laser laboratories, with a modern approach to laser safety.

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.

Access 2016: Creating a Simple Database Thu 23 May 2019   09:30 Finished

This is an introduction to the popular database package Microsoft Access. The course is aimed at those who have never used the package before or have just started using it. There is an Access Fast Track course that is a shortened version of this course for those who learn at a faster pace.

Access 2016: Fast Track Introduction Thu 9 May 2019   09:00 Finished

This is a fast paced and shortened version of the 2-session Access 2016: Creating a Simple Database course and thus is more suitable for those who are quick learners. This course will be taught using Access 2016 on PCs (Windows 7).

Access 2016: Further Use Thu 4 Jul 2019   09:30 Finished

This course is intended for those already using Microsoft Access 2016 who wish to explore more advanced queries and forms. Those who have attended the Access 2016: Creating a Simple Database course will find this follows on seamlessly from where that course left off - but be prepared for a harder challenge. Part of the course explores relational database design concepts for simple databases. The remainder focuses on more advanced queries and forms. The second session is optional for you to either work through and consolidate the course material, or to receive support on your own project.

Access and Participation Plan Briefing new Tue 17 Sep 2019   15:30 [Places]

Tom Levinson, Head of Widening Participation and Regional Collaboration, will discuss the new Access and Participation Plan agreed between the University of Cambridge and the government regulator, the Office for Students. This briefing will cover the contents of the plan and discuss the new targets agreed with the OfS, as well as the impact they may have on outreach and widening participation activity.

Accountants' Update CPD session Wed 27 Sep 2017   13:30 Finished

Back by popular demand

We have decided to add an extra CPD session this year. There have been a number of requests for an additional session with a University specific focus and so Spencer Moore (Acting Head of Tax/International and Corporate Tax Manager) will be covering some of the tax issues that we need to be aware of.

Qualified staff can use this towards their annual CPD.

This course will provide a detailed critique of the methods and philosophy of the Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST) approach to statistics which is currently dominant in social and biomedical science. We will briefly contrast NHST with alternatives, especially with Bayesian methods. We will use some computer code (Matlab and R) to demonstrate some issues. However, we will focus on the big picture rather on the implementation of specific procedures.

Administrator Development Programme Mon 4 Nov 2019   09:30 Not bookable


This development programme for generalist and specialist administrators draws on the expertise of senior figures in the University and provides up to date information on the various strands and issues of University strategy and governance. It includes development of some key skills and a project activity, and offers a valuable opportunity to network with administrators from the UAS and other departments and institutions.

Selection for this programme is via nomination by School Secretaries, Heads of Division or Heads of Non-School Institutions during the summer. Nominees will need to demonstrate the benefit of participating, both for themselves and their institution. Please speak to your line manager and/or appropriate nominator if you would like to be considered.

Please see further information about key themes and speakers on the programme flyer.


A review of ways in which equality and diversity issues relate to admissions interviewing. Participants will consider possible responses to a number of case studies in order to explore what ‘good practice’ really means

Please note: this course addresses equality and diversity considerations and is not a substitute for participation in the Admissions Selection Workshops. New interviewers are asked to register for one of the Admissions Selection Workshops, for an introduction to Cambridge’s admissions selection process, including discussion of how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Note that the Admissions Selection Workshops also include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

The workshop will focus on mock interviews, with first-year undergraduates in related disciplines, and on discussion with an Admissions Tutor. We have asked all volunteer interviewees to consent to our circulating their application papers to participants in advance of the workshop, so that you may consider possible approaches to interviewing mock applicants. Closer to the date of the session we will send you copies of the handouts by email, to be printed and taken with you to the session.

Before attending the workshop, please study the online module. This module provides an overview of Cambridge's undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions.


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

The workshop will focus on mock interviews, with first-year undergraduates in related disciplines, and on discussion with an Admissions Tutor. We have asked all volunteer interviewees to consent to our circulating their application papers to participants in advance of the workshop, so that you may consider possible approaches to interviewing mock applicants. Closer to the date of the session we will send you copies of the handouts by email, to be printed and taken with you to the session.

Before attending the workshop, please study the online module. This module provides an overview of Cambridge's undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions.


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

The workshop will focus on mock interviews, with first-year undergraduates in related disciplines, and on discussion with an Admissions Tutor. We have asked all volunteer interviewees to consent to our circulating their application papers to participants in advance of the workshop, so that you may consider possible approaches to interviewing mock applicants. Closer to the date of the session we will send you copies of the handouts by email, to be printed and taken with you to the session.

Before attending the workshop, please study the online module. This module provides an overview of Cambridge’s undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions.

Admissions Selection Workshop: Computer Science Wed 14 Nov 2018   14:00 Finished


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

The workshop will focus on mock interviews, with first-year undergraduates in related disciplines, and on discussion with an Admissions Tutor. We have asked all volunteer interviewees to consent to our circulating their application papers to participants in advance of the workshop, so that you may consider possible approaches to interviewing mock applicants. Closer to the date of the session we will send you copies of the handouts by email, to be printed and taken with you to the session.

Before attending the workshop, please study the online module. This module provides an overview of Cambridge’s undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions.

Admissions Selection Workshop: Mathematics Thu 22 Nov 2018   14:00 Finished


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

The workshop will focus on mock interviews, with first-year undergraduates in related disciplines, and on discussion with an Admissions Tutor. We have asked all volunteer interviewees to consent to our circulating their application papers to participants in advance of the workshop, so that you may consider possible approaches to interviewing mock applicants. Closer to the date of the session we will send you copies of the handouts by email, to be printed and taken with you to the session.

Before attending the workshop, please study the online module. This module provides an overview of Cambridge’s undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions.


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

The workshop will focus on mock interviews, with first-year undergraduates in related disciplines, and on discussion with an Admissions Tutor. We have asked all volunteer interviewees to consent to our circulating their application papers to participants in advance of the workshop, so that you may consider possible approaches to interviewing mock applicants. Closer to the date of the session we will send you copies of the handouts by email, to be printed and taken with you to the session.

Before attending the workshop, please study the online module. This module provides an overview of Cambridge’s undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions.


The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

The workshop will focus on mock interviews, with first-year undergraduates in related disciplines, and on discussion with an Admissions Tutor. We have asked all volunteer interviewees to consent to our circulating their application papers to participants in advance of the workshop, so that you may consider possible approaches to interviewing mock applicants. Closer to the date of the session we will send you copies of the handouts by email, to be printed and taken with you to the session.

Before attending the workshop, please study the online module. This module provides an overview of Cambridge’s undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions.

Admissions Selection Workshops Unscheduled Not bookable


Dates for these workshops are being finalised and booking will open once these are available'

The Senior Tutors' Committee expects those involved in the undergraduate admissions selection process to receive appropriate training. These workshops cover the entire selection process as well as interviewing techniques. Led by Admissions Tutors, they are designed to help you make your contribution to the admissions selection process as effective as possible. They include opportunities to practise by interviewing current first-year undergraduates, using authentic paperwork, and they explain how interviews and admissions decisions relate to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Before attending the workshop, please study the online resource. This resource provides an overview of Cambridge's undergraduate admissions process and highlights some important principles and practices relating to conducting effective admissions

Adobe Acrobat DC new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Acrobat DC are sufficient to be able to create and edit PDFs, use forms, collaborate with others and secure your documents.

This intro to Adobe® Connect software provides an ideal solution for virtual Meetings, Seminars, Interviews, Presentations and Instructor-led Courses and Training, enabling organisers to create, deliver, manage, support and track discussions and courses while providing an experience that can replicate much of the in-person experience. There are also options for additional collaboration via polls, quizzes, breakout rooms for larger and diverse groups, as well as flexible whiteboard and desktop sharing, lecture capture, one-way talks and webinars, and a range of add-ons and programmability to customise for specialised requirements.

Live and previously-recorded sessions can be accessed from virtually any device, from personal computers to mobile devices (including Android, Apple® iOS, and BlackBerry® PlayBook OS).

Adobe Dreamweaver CC (2018) - Level 1 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Dreamweaver CC - Level 1 are sufficient to be able to use and operate the software effectively.

Adobe Dreamweaver CC (2018) - Level 2 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Dreamweaver CC - Level 2 are sufficient to be able to work with various advanced aspects of Dreamweaver CC including working with the Creative Cloud, CSS inheritance and specificity, responsive web design, Photoshop integration and much more.

Adobe Dreamweaver CC - Level 1 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Dreamweaver CC - Level 1 allow you to set up a new website, create and modify webpages, insert text and images, and much more.

Adobe Dreamweaver CC - Level 2 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Dreamweaver CC - Level 2 are sufficient to be able to work with various advanced aspects of Dreamweaver CC including working with the Creative Cloud, CSS inheritance and specificity, responsive web design, Photoshop integration and much more.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 are sufficient to be able create a website. This course gives particular attention to the initial creation of the website, incorporating text and images.

Adobe Illustrator CC: Introduction Thu 6 Jun 2019   14:00 Finished

Adobe Illustrator CC is a the industry leading professional illustration and drawing program for the creation of vector based graphics and artwork.

Please note: This course requires that you use your CRSid and Raven password to log into Adobe Creative Cloud. If you currently log in to use Microsoft Office, then the same login details are used, and you do not need to do anything except to know your Raven password.

Otherwise, if you do not know your password, or have not changed your Raven password in the last three years, you must do so before attending the course, please go here: https://password.csx.cam.ac.uk/ you can set the same password.

Please arrive to START THE COURSE PROMPTLY in order to set up the Adobe environment, if you don’t then you may find it more difficult to follow the instructor.

Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 1 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 1 are sufficient to be able to perform basic tasks in Illustrator such as setting up a document, creating basic shapes and working with text.

Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 2 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 2 are sufficient to be able to work with various advanced aspects of Illustrator CC including working with the Creative Cloud, colour guides, brushes and symbols, Live Paint, tracing and much more.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Illustrator CS6 are sufficient to be able create professional artwork and documents.

Adobe InDesign CC (2018) - Level 1 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe InDesign CC - Level 1 enable users to gain a thorough understanding of InDesign and how it can be used as well as the ability to create a variety of different kinds of documents, add text, colour, shapes and graphics, print documents and access help.

Adobe InDesign CC: Introduction to Desktop Publishing Wed 10 Jul 2019   09:30 Finished

Adobe InDesign CC is the industry leading page design and layout application. You will build up a publication from ready-prepared text, images and graphics in the same way as QuarkXpress and PageMaker.

Please note: This course requires that you use your CRSid and Raven password to log into Adobe Creative Cloud. If you currently log in to use Microsoft Office, then the same login details are used, and you do not need to do anything except to know your Raven password.

Otherwise, if you do not know your password, or have not changed your Raven password in the last three years, you must do so before attending the course, please go here: https://password.csx.cam.ac.uk/ you can set the same password.

Please arrive to START THE COURSE PROMPTLY in order to set up the Adobe environment, if you don’t then you may find it more difficult to follow the instructor.

Adobe InDesign CC - Level 1 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe InDesign CC - Level 1 enable users to gain a thorough understanding of InDesign and how it can be used as well as the ability to create a variety of different kinds of documents, add text, colour, shapes and graphics, print documents and access help.

Adobe InDesign CC - Level 2 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe InDesign CC - Level 2 are sufficient to be able to work with various advanced aspects of InDesign CC including working with the Creative Cloud, creating and modifying interactive documents and much more.

Adobe InDesign CS6 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in this courseware will allow the learner to create a variety of documents, both print-based and digital. The learner will be able to create a variety of documents ranging from simple text documents through to complex brochures and flyers with detailed graphics and advanced formatting features.

Adobe Photoshop CC (2018) - Level 1 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 1 are sufficient to be able to use and operate the software effectively.

Adobe Photoshop CC (2018) - Level 2 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 2 are sufficient to be able to use and operate the software at an advanced level.

Adobe Photoshop CC: Advanced (Level 2) Tue 4 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished

Following on from the Photoshop CC: Introduction (Level 1) course, this course covers some of the more advanced features of Adobe Photoshop CC, which is the latest version of the popular image manipulation and editing tool for graphics and design professionals and photographers. The course will explore some of the more advanced features of Photoshop. Techniques will be explained and demonstrated, and participants will then be given the opportunity to practice these for themselves.

Please note: This course requires that you use your CRSid and Raven password to log into Adobe Creative Cloud. If you currently log in to use Microsoft Office, then the same login details are used, and you do not need to do anything except to know your Raven password.

Otherwise, if you do not know your password, or have not changed your Raven password in the last three years, you must do so before attending the course, please go here: https://password.csx.cam.ac.uk/ you can set the same password.

Please arrive to START THE COURSE PROMPTLY in order to set up the Adobe environment, if you don’t then you may find it more difficult to follow the instructor.

Adobe Photoshop CC: Introduction (Level 1) Tue 11 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished

Adobe Photoshop CC is the latest version of the favourite image manipulation and editing tool of the professional graphics industry and photographers. It enables digital and scanned-in photographs, pictures and graphics files to be edited and offers a dazzling array of drawing, special effects and filtering tools. Knowing where to start with such a comprehensive and feature-filled package can be daunting. This presentation aims to equip new users with the basics, using live demonstrations throughout.

Please note: This course requires that you use your CRSid and Raven password to log into Adobe Creative Cloud. If you currently log in to use Microsoft Office, then the same login details are used, and you do not need to do anything except to know your Raven password.

Otherwise, if you do not know your password, or have not changed your Raven password in the last three years, you must do so before attending the course, please go here: https://password.csx.cam.ac.uk/ you can set the same password.

Please arrive to START THE COURSE PROMPTLY in order to set up the Adobe environment, if you don’t then you may find it more difficult to follow the instructor.

Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 1 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 1 are sufficient to be able to use and operate the software effectively.

Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 2 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Photoshop CC - Level 2 are sufficient to be able to work with various advanced aspects of Photoshop CC including working with the Creative Cloud, applying layer effects, creating and modifying 3D content and much more.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 new Self-taught Not bookable

The skills and knowledge acquired in Adobe Photoshop CS6 are sufficient to be able to understand the Photoshop screen, the different palettes and use the Photoshop tools to modify and adjust images.

Why this course might make a difference:

With 1st year reports coming up, and PhDs to write, the purpose of the Editing Groups is to help you think, write and edit your academic English more effectively.

Throughout the day, we aim to give you a set of simple but effective diagnostic tools, and make the implicit principles of academic English explicit, by focusing on 3 key concepts: ‘Old before New’; ‘Simplicity First, Complexity Last’; ‘Being Confidently Cautious’.

Run for the last two years, quantitative results included: 100% of participants found the training ‘useful’, ‘intended to apply the training’ and would ‘recommend it to others’; all scored it 7/10+, with 20% scoring it 10/10.

Qualitative feedback included: It's revolutionised how I write. Also, I feel much more confident about my ability to write a clear, convincing, and stylish dissertation. NB you could substitute lecture, article, book, research proposal, grant application, email, student essay feedback, etc for 'dissertation' in that last sentence. I learned an excellent array of clear and effective techniques that I can apply easily and simply to my own writing, and anyone else's! These techniques also help me to 'untangle' others' writing so I can understand what I read more clearly.

Assertiveness is the ability to express ideas and feelings in an open and direct way. It recognises our rights whilst respecting the rights of others. In this Communication Skills coaching group, you will learn the qualities of assertive communication and its difference from passive and aggressive communication. Some assertive communication strategies will be explained and you will role-play some assertiveness scenarios.

Face the challenges of the all-important Easter term by attending an Academic Planning and Productivity coaching group. Review how best to manage your time and ensure that you meet all your deadlines. Learn how to set priorities and use your time most effectively.

Good negotiating and persuading skills are central to the art of influencing others. In this Communication Skills coaching group, you will learn to understand the difference between negotiating and persuading, and how to use both skills positively -- to convince others of your ideas and achieve the outcomes you really want. Some negotiating and persuading strategies will be explained and you will role-play some negotiating and persuading scenarios.

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