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Monday 20 January

09:30
Stress: A Manager's Responsibility CANCELLED 09:30 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


A short course covering a manager’s role in promoting a reduced stress environment in the workplace and evaluating stress risks for employees. It will also look at how to manage specific cases of stress using the Health and Safety Executive’s management standards.

10:00
Technician Network Event [Full] 10:00 - 11:30 Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute, Lecture Hall

A network event highlighting and supporting the vital work carried out by technicians and an oppourtunity to gain further information about the University's engagement with the Technician Commitment.

Tuesday 21 January

09:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme new (1 of 4) [Full] 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

This programme is designed to support academic, research and professional service leaders and managers with the skills and insights they need to lead others effectively. It will enable participants to reflect on their current leadership style and provide techniques they can use to effectively manage a diverse range of perspectives and create an inclusive culture across the University. Those with responsibility for others have a key role to play in shaping a positive working environment, supporting progression and ensuring equality, including pay equality. Given the University's strategic priorities, it is critical that leaders and managers understand the impact of their decisions throughout the employment timeline and know how to reduce the risk of sex, race or other discrimination, whether explicit or implicit.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Pearn Kandola, experts in evidence-based inclusive leadership development.

Wednesday 22 January

09:00
Professional Services Career Development Programme new [Full] 09:00 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

A new three part programme to support career progression for Professional Services staff:

Part 1

This highly interactive workshop will enable you to step back from the ‘day-to-day’ and focus on your career objectives, short and long term. You will have the opportunity to explore what development opportunities you could grasp and what networks might assist you. You will also have the opportunity to consider what’s holding you back and how you can overcome these barriers to fulfill your career aspirations. You will leave the workshop with a personal career plan in draft format, that you will be able to explore in greater depth during the second part of the programme.

Part 2

An hour-long one-to-one career coaching session provided by a professional career coach from Penna, to take place on the 3rd, 4th or 5th February. The booking link will be circulated to participants on 22nd January. If you have not received the booking link, please contact PPD.

Part 3

Access to an Online Career Development Tool designed to further support career development and progression. The tool enables you to assess your skills and behavioural attributes against the levels required for your current role, and for roles that you may wish to progress into in the future. It also identifies areas for professional development to support your career development. Guidance on accessing and using the tool will be sent to you at the end of the month in which you attend the workshop.
09:15
Inclusive Leadership Programme (Academic and Research Leaders) new (1 of 4) [Places] 09:15 - 13:00 University Centre, Hicks Room

This programme is designed to support academic and research leaders and managers with the skills and insights they need to lead others effectively. Group leaders and PIs/senior researchers with responsibility for others are particularly encouraged to attend.

It will enable participants to reflect on their current leadership style and provide techniques they can use to effectively manage a diverse range of perspectives and create an inclusive culture across the University. Those with responsibility for others have a key role to play in shaping a positive working environment, supporting progression and ensuring equality, including pay equality. Given the University's strategic priorities, it is critical that leaders and managers understand the impact of their decisions throughout the employment timeline and know how to reduce the risk of sex, race or other discrimination, whether explicit or implicit.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Pearn Kandola, experts in evidence-based inclusive leadership development.

Thursday 23 January

09:30

This new workshop provides an opportunity for professional services and non-academic staff to refresh their understanding of the recruitment and selection processes at the University of Cambridge. It includes an overview of the current recruitment and selection process and how to create the conditions where you can recruit the best candidate, avoiding common pitfalls, whilst ensuring practice is fair to all candidates at each stage.

Friday 24 January

09:30
Student Immigration [Places] 09:30 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This course is recommended for any members of faculties and departments who are involved in student administration. The University is required to ensure compliance with the responsibilities of its Tier 4 sponsor licence, granted by the Home Office to provide visa sponsorship for non-EEA students. The aim of the course is to provide an overview of the immigration regulations affecting students, with a focus on the requirements for visiting students and the practicalities of supporting this activity within the Cambridge context.

Monday 27 January

09:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 09:30 - 10:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 10:30 - 11:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

11:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 11:30 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

13:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 13:30 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

14:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 14:30 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

15:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 15:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

Tuesday 28 January

09:30
Develop your Career: Job Search, CV Writing and Job Applications [Full] 09:30 - 13:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

This course prepares you to search and apply for your next job opportunity. You will learn: where to look for suitable job opportunities, how to write clear and concise CV’s and produce Job Applications that highlight your key skills and experience.

This course is highly participative and offers you the opportunity to share and learn from your own and other's experiences.

Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 09:30 - 10:30 Greenwich House, Denver Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

Retirement: Pre-retirement (2 of 2) Not bookable 09:30 - 12:00 Hughes Hall, Pavilion Room


The last two years before retirement are a good time to prepare for personal change in readiness for leaving employment. This programme will include detailed information on occupational pensions, financial advice and planning, tax and legal issues, as well as the emotional and practical issues accompanying retirement. You will have the opportunity to share information and discuss any concerns about retirement in a relaxed setting.

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 10:30 - 11:30 Greenwich House, Denver Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

11:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 11:30 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Denver Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

13:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 13:30 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Denver Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

14:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Places] 14:30 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Denver Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

15:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 15:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Denver Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

Wednesday 29 January

09:30
Dignity at Work: A Guide for All Staff [Full] 09:30 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


In the workplace there will be occasions when people feel that they have been bullied, harassed or subjected to inappropriate behaviour. This is a practical and important interactive session which is designed to provide clarity and guidance on the University’s Dignity at Work policy and procedures. It will explain the legal framework, and will clarify options and practical measures open to you to help you address Dignity at Work problems if they arise.

Thursday 30 January

09:30
Presentation Skills: An Introduction [Full] 09:30 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


If you dread giving presentations or simply want to hone your skills, this workshop gives you an opportunity to ‘step up to the podium,’ and receive constructive feedback and coaching to be a better public speaker. Whatever your specific speaking goal might be - delivering a presentation to colleagues, chairing or engaging in a meeting, giving a toast or tribute, or responding confidently in a Q&A period – the supportive environment of this workshop will help you play to your strengths, face your fears and give you tools to overcome them.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

13:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 13:30 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

14:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 14:30 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area

15:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) [Full] 15:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

If you would like to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, or address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, these sessions are aimed at identifying the areas you need to focus on, from how you shape an interesting and effective presentation to how you deliver it, and any point in between.

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

One-to-one coaching: Please only book one session at a time. It is possible to book a follow-up session for additional support; the course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please note that administration and delivery cost for a 1:1 session is significant. Late cancellation or non-attendance costs the University and also prevents another employee from receiving this specialist support.

NEW Small group coaching: Up to 4 colleagues may attend up to 3 sessions together, spread over a few weeks/months. Please book up to 3 of the 1:1 sessions on any date/time (booking under the same lead name) and then email ppd@admin.cam.ac.uk with the names of the additional attendees in the group. This option may be particularly beneficial for those in similar roles or teams, and who would value working together in this area