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September 2023

Wed 27
UIS Learning and Development: Mentoring in Practice (Unit 3) new Finished 11:00 - 13:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

UIS facilitates a mentoring scheme exclusively for the University's IT community and UIS' internal staff.

Mentoring can be a handy tool in supporting colleagues to develop their professional lives and careers, in both roles as a mentor and mentee.

This is a welcome event (Unit 3) and part of the UIS' Mentoring learning journey, for all mentees and mentors enrolled in the 20223-24 programme. This interactive workshop is designed to give an overview and introduction to mentoring, practice some essential skills needed for mentors and mentees, mistakes to avoid, and become familiar with some simple models and tools to support the mentoring partnership and maximise its value and impact.

October 2023

Fri 13
  • A discussion-style session with a brief overview of how IT works in the University of Cambridge, what is expected of an IT professional working within a College, Department or other University Institution, and what resources are available for you.
  • Provided for any (relatively) new IT staff (or those who may have missed this).
  • The session will also introduce opportunities to network with other University IT professionals, and key contacts for supporting IT staff.
Mon 30
Content Community: Making content accessible new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We are providing four workshops to learn new skills or refresh existing ones, with the Content Community this month. You'll also put knowledge into practice with interactive examples.

During this session learn how to create accessible content for your users and avoid accessibility common errors.

Led by content design team lead Joanne Back from UIS.

See related courses below.

Content Community: Writing for the web new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We are providing four workshops to learn new skills or refresh existing ones, with the Content Community this month. You'll also put knowledge into practice with interactive examples.

During this session find out how to improve engagement with your content by using tactics that account for how people read differently online.

Led by content designer Eloise Hayes from University Information Services (UIS).

See related courses below.

Content Community: Analytics new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We are providing four workshops to learn new skills or refresh existing ones, with the Content Community this month. You'll also put knowledge into practice with interactive examples.

During this session discover how to get the most out of Google Analytics and how you can use the data to make your content even better.

Led by content designers Lucy Moore and Lauren Parnell from University Information Services (UIS).

See related courses below.

Content Community: Improving content with Search Engine Optimisation new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

We are providing four workshops to learn new skills or refresh existing ones, with the Content Community this month. You'll also put knowledge into practice with interactive examples.

During this session find out what Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is, why it is important and how you can use it to make your content more visible in search engines.

Led by content designers Lana Bozovic and Chris Watson from UIS.

See related courses below.

November 2023

Wed 1
Informal coffee morning session: For Mentees new Finished 11:00 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join us for our monthly 30-minute coffee morning session! It's a safe space for mentees to clarify doubts, share best practices, resources, and receive ongoing support to enhance their mentoring relationships. Grab your coffee or tea, connect with fellow mentees, and let's grow together.

Thu 2
Informal coffee morning session: For Mentors new Finished 11:00 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join us for our monthly 30-minute coffee morning session! It's a safe space for mentees to clarify doubts, share best practices, and resources, and receive ongoing support to enhance their mentoring relationships. Grab your coffee or tea, connect with fellow mentors, and let's grow together.

Tue 14
UIS' Aspiring Line Managers Programme new (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Norwich Auditorium

The Aspiring Managers Programme provides a structured pathway for colleagues preparing for their first supervisory/line management roles. It fosters the development of crucial skills, including effective feedback, handling challenging conversations, and utilizing leadership styles. The programme incorporates facilitators' input; opportunities for discussion, case studies, reflection, and sharing good practice with others moving into similar roles. It also includes curated e-learning resources to support colleagues' ongoing learning and development.

Participants are required to attend both half-day sessions.

Informal coffee morning session: For Mentees new Finished 11:00 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join us for our monthly 30-minute coffee morning session! It's a safe space for mentees to clarify doubts, share best practices, resources, and receive ongoing support to enhance their mentoring relationships. Grab your coffee or tea, connect with fellow mentees, and let's grow together.

Thu 16
Informal coffee morning session: For Mentors new Finished 11:00 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join us for our monthly 30-minute coffee morning session! It's a safe space for mentees to clarify doubts, share best practices, and resources, and receive ongoing support to enhance their mentoring relationships. Grab your coffee or tea, connect with fellow mentors, and let's grow together.

Tue 28
UIS' Aspiring Line Managers Programme new (2 of 2) Finished 09:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Norwich Auditorium

The Aspiring Managers Programme provides a structured pathway for colleagues preparing for their first supervisory/line management roles. It fosters the development of crucial skills, including effective feedback, handling challenging conversations, and utilizing leadership styles. The programme incorporates facilitators' input; opportunities for discussion, case studies, reflection, and sharing good practice with others moving into similar roles. It also includes curated e-learning resources to support colleagues' ongoing learning and development.

Participants are required to attend both half-day sessions.

Thu 30
Content Community:Content team show and tell new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

During the summer the UIS content design team worked with the team in the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre to refresh their website.

During this session find out how we reduced, reorganised and rewrote the website to create a new user experience.

We’ll tell you about the tricky aspects of the project, the successes and the things we’d do differently next time.

And of course we’ll answer your questions on how you can use these approaches too.

December 2023

Sat 2

As part of the UIS Wellbeing initiative, we are very pleased to invite Hisham Ziauddeen a Clinical Senior Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and the University’s Wellbeing and Disability Champion to deliver a talk on 'Optimising Brain Functioning'. He is a consultant psychiatrist working in early intervention in psychosis.

He will talk about how we model our minds and how we manage the cost of mental functioning. He will particularly discuss the impact of work and other stress and the phenomenon of burnout. These are complex problems that have got even more complex with COVID-19 and they don’t have simple solutions but there are some ways we can ease them.

The 4 March is University Mental Health Day which aims to bring together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority and create ongoing year round change to the future of our mental health. Now more than ever it's important to get the nation talking about our mental health.

Both staff and students are welcome to join the live event.

Tue 5

Phoenix Software are University partners for Microsoft and also work with a portfolio of other vendors, including in the Security Data Protection fields. Phoenix will provide a brief overview of the areas and vendors they cover.

They also are partners for Microsoft and other providers of options for virtualising more of the IT environment, whether locally or in private and public cloud systems.

Among the areas of increasing significance is the flexibility of software-defined storage (SDS) and software-defined networking (SDN), both of which are key aspects of working with virtual machines and cloud-based systems - and an overview of these will be included.

  • 14:15 – Vendor/Solutions Overview
  • 14:30 – Storage/Connectivity Overview
  • 14:50 – Q&A
  • 15:00 – Close
Wed 6

A workshop exclusively for UIS colleagues who have been nominated to be buddies to support our new joiners.

January 2024

Mon 29
Content Community:writing content workshop new Finished 11:00 - 12:00 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

During this session, you'll practice the skills we use in our content design work that you can use when creating or editing your website.

We'll provide sample content for you to re-write, so you only need to attend. You'll have a go in small groups in break-out rooms. Each one will have a content designer on hand to help.

Spaces are limited, to ensure that everyone is able to participate in the small-group activity, so please book as soon as possible.

February 2024

Wed 7
  • A discussion-style session with a brief overview of how IT works in the University of Cambridge, what is expected of an IT professional working within a College, Department or other University Institution, and what resources are available for you.
  • Provided for any (relatively) new IT staff (or those who may have missed this).
  • The session will also introduce opportunities to network with other University IT professionals, and key contacts for supporting IT staff.
Tue 13
Informal coffee morning session: For Mentees new Finished 11:00 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join us for our monthly 30-minute coffee morning session! It's a safe space for mentees to clarify doubts, share best practices, resources, and receive ongoing support to enhance their mentoring relationships. Grab your coffee or tea, connect with fellow mentees, and let's grow together.

Thu 15
Informal coffee morning session: For Mentors new Finished 11:00 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

Join us for our monthly 30-minute coffee morning session! It's a safe space for mentors to clarify doubts, share best practices, and resources, and receive ongoing support to enhance their mentoring relationships. Grab your coffee or tea, connect with fellow mentors, and let's grow together.

Thu 29
Content Community: Accessible social media new Finished 10:30 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

During this session, find out about accessibility best practices for content on social media.

Content on all the University's channels needs to be accessible, whether it's on a website, social media or paper.

Our speaker this month, SJ Ng, is part of the team that manages the University's central social media accounts. She'll talk about best practices to follow so that your content is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. The formats covered will include images, videos and audio.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

March 2024

Wed 6
  • An invitation to try out an AI LLM (Large Language Model) proof-of-concept search system
  • UIS worked with an AI company to apply Retrieval-Augmented Generation to the University web presence
  • A limited pilot (public UIS, UAS pages) has made interesting discoveries about University material
  • We aim to broaden the pilot to departmental and collegiate public web pages
  • We will be seeking volunteer institutions to permit access to their public sites
  • We will be opening the POC (proof-of-concept) to additional testing
Wed 13

In preparation for the launch of the refreshed UIS Staff Review and Development (SRD) process, a series of drop-in sessions have been scheduled to allow reviewers and reviewees to ask questions. The sessions are entirely optional and will be held both in-person and via MS Teams.

Please book onto your preferred session and join anytime to ask your question(s). We will make a note of all questions and answers and add these to our SRD guidance document.

In advance of attending, we encourage you to review the guidance and materials available on the UIS intranet.

Further sessions will be scheduled if there is a lot of interest from colleagues.

Please Note: It is important that when you book on this course, on your booking confirmation page, click on Add to Calendar to start the process to import the course appointment into your calendar. This contains the link to the MS Teams course meeting under Joining Instructions that you will use to join on the day of the course.

Fri 15
UIS Staff Review & Development (SRD): 2024 Launch (Drop-in session) (In Person Face To Face) new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Huntingdon Room

In preparation for the launch of the refreshed UIS Staff Review and Development (SRD) process, a series of drop-in sessions have been scheduled to allow reviewers and reviewees to ask questions. The sessions are entirely optional and will be held both in-person and via MS Teams.

Please book onto your preferred session and join anytime to ask your question(s). We will make a note of all questions and answers and add these to our SRD guidance document.

In advance of attending, we encourage you to review the guidance and materials available on the UIS intranet.

Further sessions will be scheduled if there is a lot of interest from colleagues.

  • This is the In Person Face to Face version of the | Live Online Microsoft Teams - Getting Started course.
Mon 18

In preparation for the launch of the refreshed UIS Staff Review and Development (SRD) process, a series of drop-in sessions have been scheduled to allow reviewers and reviewees to ask questions. The sessions are entirely optional and will be held both in-person and via MS Teams.

Please book onto your preferred session and join anytime to ask your question(s). We will make a note of all questions and answers and add these to our SRD guidance document.

In advance of attending, we encourage you to review the guidance and materials available on the UIS intranet.

Further sessions will be scheduled if there is a lot of interest from colleagues.

Please Note: It is important that when you book on this course, on your booking confirmation page, click on Add to Calendar to start the process to import the course appointment into your calendar. This contains the link to the MS Teams course meeting under Joining Instructions that you will use to join on the day of the course.