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Tuesday 28 January

09:30
Develop your Career: Job Search, CV Writing and Job Applications POSTPONED 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) Finished 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) Finished 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) Finished 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) Finished 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) Finished 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) Finished 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) Finished 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 Finished 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 Finished 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) Finished 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) Finished 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) Finished 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

Monday 3 February

09:30
Administrator Development Programme (4 of 6) Finished 09:30 - 17:00 University Centre, Hicks Room


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

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

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

Develop your Career: Interview Techniques (1 of 3) Finished 09:30 - 13:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This course prepares you to excel at interview. You will learn how to anticipate questions you will be asked and plan how to answer them successfully. You will also learn how to project yourself positively and feel as calm and in control as you will look.

This course is highly participative and will include a short mock interview as well as an opportunity to share experiences with other course members.

The focus of the course is to provide participants with the generic skills necessary to succeed at interview in a variety of contexts.

Tuesday 4 February

09:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme new (2 of 4) In progress 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 5 February

09:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme new (2 of 4) In progress 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.

11:00
Science/Technician Apprenticeship Information Event Finished 11:00 - 13:00 University Information Services, Roger Needham Building, Norwich Auditorium

An information event about three Technician based apprenticeship cohorts being offered across the University:

  • Laboratory Technician Level 3
  • Science Manufacturing Technician Level 3
  • Technician Scientist Level 5

There will be a presentation from an approved training provider - CSR Scientific Training, regarding delivering these programmes, which can be tailored to your specific requirements.

There will also be presentations from University staff and Technician Apprentices.

The remainder of the event will be an opportunity to network during lunch to ask questions and discuss any additional requirements you may have.

If you have any questions regarding apprenticeships before attending this event, please contact the apprenticeship team.

Thursday 6 February

09:30
Conflict Resolution Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a conflict wondering how you got into it and how to get out? This course sets out to identify and examine the causes of conflict and to offer a range of practical techniques for resolving disputes. Skilled negotiation is often crucial and this course introduces a proven approach that is used widely by professional mediators and negotiators. You will have the opportunity to explore and practice key ideas using presentation, self assessment, role play and discussion in a friendly and informal group setting.

Friday 7 February

09:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) Finished 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

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) Finished 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) CANCELLED 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) Finished 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) Finished 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) Finished 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