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Monday 1 June

09:30
Presentation Skills: An Introduction CANCELLED 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 module before attending the session.

13:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) CANCELLED 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 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) CANCELLED 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 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) CANCELLED 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 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 2 June

09:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) CANCELLED 09:30 - 10:30 Greenwich House, Kyoto 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 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.


This workshop provides an opportunity for academic staff to understand the recruitment and selection process and how to create the conditions where you can recruit the best candidate and avoid common pitfalls. It includes an overview of the process and identifies the key principles to ensure practice is fair to all candidates at each stage.

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) CANCELLED 10:30 - 11:30 Greenwich House, Kyoto 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 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) CANCELLED 11:30 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Kyoto 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 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) CANCELLED 13:30 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Kyoto 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 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) CANCELLED 14:30 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Kyoto 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 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) CANCELLED 15:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Kyoto 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 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 3 June

09:15
Communication Skills Introduction: "Are you receiving me?" CANCELLED 09:15 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Increase your confidence and skills in one-to-one communication with this highly participative course. Effective communication starts in your head and it isn’t just about the words you say. Your tone of voice, facial expression and body language all communicate a message. This course will help you get your message across more clearly. You will also have the opportunity to practise communication skills on a one-to-one basis.

12:00
Apprenticeship Network Meeting Finished 12:00 - 13:00 N/A - online webinar

A network meeting for university staff interested in establishing an apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Levy to share questions, experiences and advice.

Tuesday 9 June

09:00
Springboard: A Women's Development Programme (4 of 4) POSTPONED 09:00 - 15:30 Hughes Hall, Peter Richards Room


Springboard is a personal development programme for all female staff/graduate students. It will give you the opportunity to take stock and consider your personal and professional goals.

During the programme you will explore your future in a practical way and learn how to develop your potential. You will undertake realistic self-assessment and set challenging goals.

Key areas covered include communication skills, assertiveness, self confidence, improving your work/life balance and developing positive skills and attitude. If you want to progress and develop, then this programme is for you.

The programme comprises four days over a three-month period and a workbook to be completed between sessions.

09:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme new (3 of 4) In progress 09:30 - 16:30 N/A - online webinar

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 10 June

09:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme new (3 of 4) In progress 09:30 - 16:30 N/A - online webinar

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.

Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) CANCELLED 09:30 - 10:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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 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) CANCELLED 10:30 - 11:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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 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) CANCELLED 11:30 - 12:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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 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) CANCELLED 13:30 - 14:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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 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) CANCELLED 14:30 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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 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) CANCELLED 15:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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 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.

Thursday 11 June

13:00
Project Management: Online and Workshop CANCELLED 13:00 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Managing and leading projects is a key skill, and yet it is often poorly understood and actioned; leading to projects that overrun, overspend or overwork the delivery teams.

This blended programme comprises an online module and a face to face workshop. Your booking for the face to face workshop will not be approved until you have completed the online module.

The online module will provide you with a complete toolkit of project management skills (distilled from a number of sound project management “methodologies”) and an overview of various project planning techniques. It has been developed to help you focus on a project you are actively involved in (or one that is about to commence). You will apply a number of tools to real life situations and leave with a clear understanding of the major management issues and the basis of a clear and workable project plan.

The face to face workshop provides an opportunity to build on the learning from the online module. Working with others you will identify options and strategies to help move your project forward and consider solutions to problems you may have encountered.

Instructions regarding how to access the online module will be given in your provisional booking confirmation email. Your booking for the face to face workshop will be confirmed once you have completed the online module.

If you would prefer to complete just the online module without attending a face to face workshop, please visit the booking page for the online module only.

Monday 15 June

09:30
Risk Management (Seminar) CANCELLED 09:30 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


The University must ensure that there are appropriate arrangements in place to promote effective risk management; this is a condition of grant under the terms of the Financial Memorandum between the HEFCE and the Higher Education Institutions it funds.

This course will explore what risk management is and why it is necessary, and the particular benefits that can be derived from effective risk management. A key focus of the course will be to review the University’s system for risk management and to explore how this system can be implemented at the local level of Faculties and Departments.

Tuesday 16 June

09:00
Professional Services Career Development Programme new POSTPONED 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 6th, 7th, or 8th July. The booking link will be circulated for participants on the afternoon of Thursday 25th June. If you do not receive the booking link on that date 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.
09:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme new (3 of 4) POSTPONED 09:30 - 16:30 The Pitt Building, Newton 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.