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7 Characteristics of Resilient People: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

7 Characteristics of Resilient People: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Apprenticeships – Maximising the Opportunities new Thu 11 Feb 2021   14:00 Finished

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2021!

Are you interested in apprenticeship programmes but would like to know more? Do you want to find out how to make them work for you or your department? Or maybe you have a specific question that you need to ask?

This webinar is for you, hosted by Apprenticeship Manager Colin Long who will be available to help you with apprenticeships and answer your burning questions. How do I put existing staff on apprenticeships? Or, how should I deal with the 20% off-the-job requirement? How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships can help people of all ages and at all levels, including post graduate qualifications, to gain the skills and knowledge they need for a rewarding career.

A link to the webinar will be sent with the joining instructions when your booking is confirmed.

During this time, PPD is keen to continue to promote development opportunities for University staff. This information webinar will help you to identify if you wish to progress your development by way of an Apprenticeship.

We are looking to explore what interest there is at this current time in this Leadership Level 5 apprenticeship and hope that there will be sufficient interest to establish a University-wide cohort. By establishing University-wide cohorts, we are looking to encourage more departments to use apprenticeships as a way to provide focused professional development for staff. Participants will have the advantage of a peer group to work through the programme with. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment are also potentially interested in joining in with this.

The webinar will be presented by Jennifer Dix of Corndel, who will deliver these apprenticeships.

For this cohort to run, there is a minimum of 18-20 people required. Depending on the level of interest shown, it is intended that the apprenticeship will start as soon as possible. Entry to these cohorts will be by application and is open to all University employees who meet the eligibility criteria.

A link to the webinar will be sent with the joining instructions when your booking is confirmed.

Further information from the provider, Corndel.

Apprenticeship guidance.

Approaches to Learning: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Approaches to Learning: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Better Decision Making: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Better Decision Making: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Brexit and the new Immigration System Tue 17 Nov 2020   13:00 Finished


This course is recommended for those responsible for the recruitment and selection of staff and those with HR responsibilities.

With Brexit, and the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the UK government intends to launch a new immigration system from 1 January 2021. This system will apply to all non-UK nationals entering the UK for the first time, and non-EEA nationals already resident in the UK who are seeking to extend their existing visas.

The new system is loosely based on the existing immigration system, but with some changes. The aim of this course is to help those involved with recruitment and selection to navigate the new rules which regulate the recruitment of individuals who are subject to immigration control, whilst ensuring full compliance. The course will also outline other key visa routes such as Global Talent and Tier 5.

Change Curve: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Change Curve: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Coaching - GROW Model: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Coaching - GROW Model: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.


At work and at home, it’s all too easy to speak and act without thinking – and then regret it afterwards. Acting on instinct can lead us to behave aggressively or passively. Both of these are generally unhelpful for our own reputation and for our relationships with others.

Communicating Assertively will show you how to avoid both extremes and instead to use assertive behaviour to build constructive and respectful working relationships.

This online course will help you understand the assertive mindset and highlight what assertiveness looks and sounds like.

View a short trailer for the online course.

If you would prefer to complete the blended programme, which provides an opportunity to put your assertive skills into practice in a face to face workshop, as well as completing the online module, please visit the booking page for the blended programme.


"It all boils down to communication", how many times have we heard that phrase? This interactive online module is packed full of useful tips and practical examples to help you get your point across more clearly, ask the right questions and listen better to what others have to say.

The course introduces you to the key concepts of communication skills through a variety of media, offering those new to this topic a solid grounding in the essentials, as well as a great refresher for more experienced communicators.

If you’re short of time and just need the basics, or you want to explore things in a bit more detail, the versatile structure of this course offers you the flexibility to learn in the way that best fits with your schedule.

View a short trailer for the course.

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. Whether you’re teaching, leading meetings or preparing for an interview, this session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, get your points across, and increase your personal impact. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, address any concerns you may have about your communication skills, and help you shape and deliver your message with clarity and confidence.

Participants may also find it useful to complete the Presentation Skills online module

Please only book one session. This booking page may be used to book a follow-up session for additional support, through mutual agreement with the trainer.

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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.

Crucial Conversations: How Can We Tackle Them? new Wed 13 Jan 2021   11:00 Finished


A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong: it is sensitive by nature. For these reasons, the conversation may require courage to have. So it is human nature to delay or even avoid the conversation. The longer you leave it though, the more challenging actually having the conversation becomes.

Join this webinar to learn about the sort of crucial conversations we may need to have and why it’s important to act early. The aim is then to provide ideas and tips to help you better prepare for and handle a crucial conversation well and with confidence – whether online or in person. Some eLearning resources for you to further your learning on the topic will be shared after the session.


This online course offers a short introduction to data protection concepts, explains why they are important to the University, and signposts to further guidance materials. As nearly all University staff are likely to collect and handle personal information about living identifiable individuals in one way or another, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the main issues.

All staff using personal data in some way in their role are encouraged to complete this online course once every two years, but the precise expectations about who should complete it (and how often) in different areas of the University should be set by Heads of Department (and equivalents).

The content of this course reflects the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation as well as related data protection law.

Demonstrating Mutual Respect new Tue 17 Nov 2020   11:30 Finished


What does demonstrating mutual respect mean to you? How do you know when it’s happening? Who do you know who does it well, and what is that they are actually doing? With guests Dr Miriam Lynn, Head of E&D, and Professor Nita Forouhi, this short live session will explore these questions and consider the skills and knowledge each of us can use and embed in our everyday interactions with others.

Demonstrating Mutual Respect: Webinar new Self-taught Booking not required


What does demonstrating mutual respect mean to you? How do you know when it’s happening? Who do you know who does it well, and what is that they are actually doing? With guests Dr Miriam Lynn, Head of E&D, and Professor Nita Forouhi, this short webinar will explore these questions and consider the skills and knowledge each of us can use and embed in our everyday interactions with others.

Access the recording of the demonstrating mutual respect webinar.

Effective Meetings: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Effective Meetings: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.


The Staff Review and Development (SRD) process provides the opportunity for supervisors, managers and academics to engage in constructive discussion with their staff or academic colleagues about current and future work and their personal and career development.

This online course, including visual, audio and filmed material, will focus on an overview of the process, practical advice and useful reminders of good practice to help you to make the most of SRD. You will need a PC, Mac or tablet device.

Please make a booking to receive instructions about how to access the online course.

View a short trailer for the online course.

Email Management: Online Course Self-taught Bookable


This short online guide for all staff provides hints, tricks and tips to help you manage your Inbox.

Exercise - Get Creative: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Exercise - Get Creative: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Feedback Model: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Feedback Model: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

Feedback Tips: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

Feedback Tips: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

GANTT Charts: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

GANTT Charts: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.


Giving effective feedback to your team members is one of the key responsibilities of anyone who supervises or manages others. It improves performance, boosts morale and can help people to do their job to the best of their ability.

This course is full of key tips to help you give feedback that is supportive, constructive and helpful and incorporates instructional film resources to help you apply what you have learned. It also focuses on how to avoid common mistakes when giving feedback to others and how to receive feedback well.

High Performance Influencing Model: Bitesize Self-taught Booking not required

High Performance Influencing Model: Bitesize

PPD bitesize resources are short and high impact; including videos, quick tips guides and interactive bitesize modules. Develop your skills and knowledge quickly, easily, when you need. They complement face to face events and more in-depth online modules.

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