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Thursday 14 September

09:30
Minute Taking Finished 09:30 - 16:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Minute taking is not about speed writing but about recognising what is important and understanding the needs of the meeting participants. This course will show you how to compile concise meeting notes.

The course is for anyone who is required to take factual records of departmental/faculty meetings and distribute action points afterwards. It does not cover the additional skills required to take minutes at University committee meetings.

Tuesday 19 September

09:00
Dignity at Work: A Guide for All Staff Finished 09:00 - 12:30 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 21 September

12:30
Engage in Learning Programme new (1 of 4) In progress 12:30 - 14:30 PPD, Revans Room

Engage in Learning is a theory and practice informed supervisor development programme on how to build supportive learning relationships. It is aimed at supervisors of Cambridge students with a minimum of three to five years’ experience of teaching in higher education.

Participants will explore approaches and challenges to building supportive supervisory relationships through dialogical learning activities — small group discussions, reflection exercises based on experiences, film clips, case studies and dilemmas drawn from practice. Readings will be provided prior to each workshop. The programme will emphasise building on participants’ own experiences. Between each workshop participants will be asked to observe and keep a written log of specific experiences of supervision; these will be discussed in the subsequent workshop.

Workshops (key topics covered)
A maximum of 12 participants will attend four two-hour-long workshops. Each workshop will be held between 12:30 to 14:30.


21 September 2017
Workshop 1
Building supportive relationships for learning: theory and context

  • Attachment theory
  • Mindfulness
  • Institutional identity
  • Communication


19 October 2017
Workshop 2
Empowering and facilitating growth

  • Growth mindset
  • Relational power
  • Transformational learning
  • Self-efficacy


23 November 2017
Workshop 3
Maintaining a supportive relationship

  • Boundaries
  • Balance
  • Dialogical reflection


7 December 2017
Workshop 4
Engaging in learning together

  • Synthesis of themes and topics


Prior to registration please make sure that you are available on each of those days.

All workshops will be held at the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning, 25 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA. The map gives directions to PPD, where the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning is located.

Tuesday 26 September

09:00
Tutoring: Support for New Appointees Finished 09:00 - 16:30 St Catharine's College, Ramsden Room


Tutors provide general oversight of student welfare, in the widest sense, and form an essential part of College communities and the Colleges’ provision to students. This course will use a mixture of formal presentations, group work and plenary discussions to provide new or prospective Tutors with advice and support for their students, a greater understanding of responsibilities and where to find information. There will also be presentations from the Disability Resource Centre and the University Counselling Service relevant to College Tutoring.

Please note that the term ‘Tutor’ as used at Cambridge does not refer to a teaching role.

Lecturing Performance Finished 09:00 - 13:00 PPD, Revans Room


This course focuses on the practical element of delivery. It will provide you with the opportunity to explore techniques for connecting emotionally and intellectually with an audience, along with overcoming nerves. You will look at how to handle questions effectively and practise vocal techniques.

09:30
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (1 of 7) Not bookable 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This programme offers an introduction to management skills and is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). It is highly participative and there is a strong emphasis on applying new learning to your work situation for the benefit of your team and your department

The course is primarily aimed at those who currently have management responsibilities for others (including managers, team leaders or supervisors) or equivalent responsibilities (e.g. for managing services, projects, resources). All participants must have the opportunity to meet the assessment requirements which are specified by the ILM – please see further details below

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this programme. If you are interested in attending please complete the application form at the link below and send a signed paper copy to PPD. Your application will be considered and your name will be added to the waiting list if you are eligible. When a place becomes available we will contact you to confirm your place

Level 3 Award in First Line Management Application Form - your application to attend the programme will not be considered until we have received a copy of this application document.

13:45
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 13:45 - 14:45 PPD, Fawcett Room


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

14:50
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 14:50 - 15:50 PPD, Fawcett Room


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

15:55
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 15:55 - 16:55 PPD, Fawcett Room


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

Wednesday 27 September

12:30
Pathways in Higher Education Practice (PHEP): Core Seminar (1 of 3) Finished 12:30 - 17:00 University Centre, Hicks/Meade Rooms


PHEP is Cambridge's professional development programme for probationer University lecturers and new College teaching officers. With contributions from academic and key administrative staff from the collegiate University, the seminar provides a platform for orientation and exploration of the opportunities, cultures and conventions of the University of Cambridge.

The seminar is a core feature of PHEP and all probationer University lecturers are expected to participate over the whole of the seminar.

You are strongly recommended to attend the Seminar within the first two years of your appointment

Bookings are strictly limited and must close two weeks before the commencement date of the seminar

Thursday 28 September

09:00
Pathways in Higher Education Practice (PHEP): Core Seminar (2 of 3) Finished 09:00 - 17:00 University Centre, Hicks/Meade Rooms


PHEP is Cambridge's professional development programme for probationer University lecturers and new College teaching officers. With contributions from academic and key administrative staff from the collegiate University, the seminar provides a platform for orientation and exploration of the opportunities, cultures and conventions of the University of Cambridge.

The seminar is a core feature of PHEP and all probationer University lecturers are expected to participate over the whole of the seminar.

You are strongly recommended to attend the Seminar within the first two years of your appointment

Bookings are strictly limited and must close two weeks before the commencement date of the seminar

16:00
Direction of Studies: Support for New Appointees Finished 16:00 - 18:30 Corpus Christi, New Combination Room


As a Director of Studies you provide essential academic guidance and support to students on an individual basis. Develop your ability to undertake this role more effectively and efficiently with this course. Through group work and discussions, the course will focus on sharing good practice, key responsibilities, and where to find additional sources of help.

Friday 29 September

09:00
Pathways in Higher Education Practice (PHEP): Core Seminar (3 of 3) Finished 09:00 - 15:00 University Centre, Hicks/Meade Rooms


PHEP is Cambridge's professional development programme for probationer University lecturers and new College teaching officers. With contributions from academic and key administrative staff from the collegiate University, the seminar provides a platform for orientation and exploration of the opportunities, cultures and conventions of the University of Cambridge.

The seminar is a core feature of PHEP and all probationer University lecturers are expected to participate over the whole of the seminar.

You are strongly recommended to attend the Seminar within the first two years of your appointment

Bookings are strictly limited and must close two weeks before the commencement date of the seminar

Voice Projection: An Introduction Finished 09:00 - 13:00 PPD, Revans Room


If you occasionally suffer from vocal strain or wish to discover your true vocal range and power then this course is for you. We will work together to improve your vocal projection using vocal techniques practised by actors by using various physical and vocal exercises in a relaxed atmosphere. Be prepared to relax, kick off your shoes and lie on the floor.

13:45
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 13:45 - 14:45 PPD, Fawcett Room


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

14:50
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 14:50 - 15:50 PPD, Fawcett Room


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

15:55
Voice and Presentation (One-to-One) Finished 15:55 - 16:55 PPD, Fawcett Room


Would you like to learn exercises that will reduce vocal strain, improve vocal range, variety, clarity and pronunciation to gain and hold the attention of an audience?

Would you like to make a positive initial impact and keep control of difficult situations?

In this individualised and confidential one-hour session you will determine the objectives and work on exercises to address your specific interests.

Monday 2 October

09:30
Leadership Essentials Finished 09:30 - 16:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Leadership Essentials is a key programme suitable for all managers, which aims to help them refresh and build their skills and experience in managing others. As well as clarifying key responsibilities, it focuses on critical areas that managers can find more difficult, such as giving and receiving feedback effectively and handling challenging conversations. It incorporates tutor input, opportunities for discussion, reflection and sharing of good practice with other managers.

Before attending, please take some time to review the short films of other University colleagues talking about their role as a manager, Leadership Essentials: Management Responsibilities

Tuesday 3 October

09:30
Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged (2 of 7) Not bookable 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This programme offers an introduction to management skills and is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). It is highly participative and there is a strong emphasis on applying new learning to your work situation for the benefit of your team and your department

The course is primarily aimed at those who currently have management responsibilities for others (including managers, team leaders or supervisors) or equivalent responsibilities (e.g. for managing services, projects, resources). All participants must have the opportunity to meet the assessment requirements which are specified by the ILM – please see further details below

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for this programme. If you are interested in attending please complete the application form at the link below and send a signed paper copy to PPD. Your application will be considered and your name will be added to the waiting list if you are eligible. When a place becomes available we will contact you to confirm your place

Level 3 Award in First Line Management Application Form - your application to attend the programme will not be considered until we have received a copy of this application document.

16:00
Supervising Undergraduates: An Introduction Finished 16:00 - 18:30 University Centre, Cormack Room


What do supervisions contribute to student learning at Cambridge? This session will provide an interactive introduction to supervising, including aims and objectives of supervisions, different approaches to supervisions, the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and ways of dealing with common problems. Given the breadth of supervisions, this course is not subject specific.

Wednesday 4 October

09:00
External - Cambridge Enterprise Ltd: Consultancy 101 Finished 09:00 - 13:30 University Centre, Cormack Room

Are you considering becoming a consultant? Perhaps you are already consulting, but want to learn more about how to work more effectively, get the best price for your skills or simplify admin work?

Consultants use expertise gained from University research in order to provide services to external organisations. Any University researcher can undertake consultancy work, but it can be challenging to manage and administrate alongside University teaching and research commitments.

Cambridge Enterprise is delighted to offer this free workshop in how to effectively manage consultancy projects, sharing expertise on best practice, tips on making life easier and trouble-shooting for some of the key issues faced by consultants.

This is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills, providing a refresher for academics already acting as consultants or an introduction for those considering consultancy in the near future.

Members of the Cambridge Enterprise Consultancy Services team will also cover how they can help to provide support throughout the process and explain the benefits of using their services.

The workshop will include:

  • Benefits and impact of undertaking consultancy work
  • Experience sharing and a Q&A panel with academics experienced in consultancy
  • Issues surrounding confidentiality, intellectual property and liability
  • How Cambridge Enterprise can help you undertake consultancy more effectively

This workshop is designed for all levels of experience, whether you are already acting as a consultant or are considering doing so.

We welcome applications from anyone who is currently employed by the University

*BOOK YOUR PLACE VIA EVENTBRITE BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK*

Thursday 5 October

09:15
Communication Skills Introduction: "Are you receiving me?" Finished 09:15 - 15:45 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.

Tuesday 10 October

09:15
Managing and Developing Effective Teams Finished 09:15 - 16:45 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


A team that works well is an exciting and creative place to be.

This course will enable you to identify the important ingredients for a successful team and to reflect on your own team management skills. It will also look at different team-working styles and examine the need to balance the requirements of the task, the team and the individual.

Wednesday 11 October

14:00
Stress Management Tools new Finished 14:00 - 16:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


We all experience stress at times but often lack the skills to deal with it. This workshop we will explore different strategies and techniques for fine tuning our habits, thinking patterns and the ways we deal with challenging situations. We will also pay attention to stress prevention and look at a consistent way of nurturing a happier and more joyful life.

You will have an opportunity to learn new and effective psychological self-care strategies based on mindfulness which will help you calm your mind and deal with your emotions. As we work our way through topics such as emotional management and negative self-talk, you will be able to construct your own plan to help you achieve an increased sense of wellbeing, based on your needs and personal situation.

Thursday 12 October

09:15
Assertiveness in Management Finished 09:15 - 16:45 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


As a manager, handling relationships is one of your key skills. An ability to think, speak and act assertively in these relationships will enhance your reputation and success. If you want to motivate staff, earn their loyalty and enable them to achieve the best possible results, then this course is for you. It will also deal with the challenges of managing your own manager assertively.

13:00
Immigration and Recruitment: Helping You Get it Right Finished 13:00 - 15:00 Greenwich House, Jaffna Room


This course is recommended for those responsible for the recruitment and selection of staff, particularly if you are new to the University but also for existing staff seeking a refresher.

With the introduction of the Points-based immigration system and with immigration legislation becoming ever stricter, the UK now operates one of the world’s most complex immigration systems.

The aim of this course is to help those involved with recruitment and selection to navigate the rules which regulate the recruitment of individuals who are subject to immigration control, whilst ensuring full compliance. It will outline the key requirements in advertising, selection, pre-employment checks and the responsibilities throughout employment that the University is legally bound to observe.