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Athena SWAN: SMART Action Planning new Tue 19 Mar 2019   12:00 [Places]

This workshop will help Departments to develop appropriate actions for the issues identified in the self-assessment process, and to make action plans SMART and effective tools for achieving gender balance.

Athena SWAN Support Session new Tue 4 Dec 2018   09:30 Finished

To support our departments working towards Bronze and Silver Athena SWAN awards, this session will provide in-depth help with the different aspects of applying.

E&D team members will cover data collection, analysis and presentation and action planning including examples of best practice across the University and troubleshooting common problems.

Athena SWAN Support Session new Thu 1 Nov 2018   11:30 Finished

To support our departments working towards Bronze and Silver Athena SWAN awards, this session will provide in-depth help with the different aspects of applying.

E&D team members will cover data collection, analysis and presentation and action planning including examples of best practice across the University and troubleshooting common problems.

Career Conversations new Tue 29 Jan 2019   12:00 Finished

Join us for another WSN event profiling the careers and progression of Cambridge women.

Dr Litsa Biggs (Secretary to the Faculty of Clinical Medicine) and Caroline Newman (HR Business Manager for Clinical School) will describe their career pathways and the opportunities and challenges they have faced along the way.

Changing Mindset new Tue 16 Oct 2018   12:00 Finished

Based on the book Learn to Love Stress by Sara Hansen, this session will allow you to identify your mindset and use it to overcome stress, make personal changes, and improve your life at work and home.

Conversations on Career Progression and Race new Wed 7 Nov 2018   12:00 Finished

Our speakers Kusam Leal, Deputy School Secretary in the School of Physical Sciences, and Ricardo Rocha, early career conservation scientist, will talk about their career experience in academia and beyond, the challenges faced and strategies of dealing with them.

It will be an opportunity to discuss ideas and suggestions that might help others in the same situation.

Equality & Diversity Essentials Self-taught Bookable
  • This module introduces Equality & Diversity at the University

Coming back into the workplace after a few months off is hard at the best of times, but combined with new caring responsibilities and sleep deprivation, it can feel like a huge step.

In partnership with My Family Care, this session will signpost tools and tactics for getting back to work, building confidence and balancing career and family.

Join Rachel Krys, Co-Director, End Violence Against Women to discuss current issues around sexual harassment and the challenges that wider cultural attitudes bring to issues of tackling abuse against women and girls.

Tackling sexual harassment and sexual violence – what has #MeToo achieved?

In the year #MeToo became a global phenomenon, with women in many countries speaking out sometimes for the first time about sexual harassment and sexual violence, are we seeing progress? Are our institutions prepared to make the changes needed to prevent and properly respond to sexual violence? Is our justice system fit for purpose and able to deliver justice? Are the powerful still able to act with impunity and use the system to silence their victims?

Rachel Krys, co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, will talk about her experience of campaigning to end sexual violence in the last year. Sharing the latest findings from new research into attitudes which reinforce victim blaming and allow rapists off the hook, Rachel will talk about the progress being made and the challenges which remain.

Rachel Krys Biography

Rachel Krys is co-Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, a UK-wide coalition of women’s organisations working to end all forms of violence against women and girls, including domestic and sexual violence, forced marriage, FGM, trafficking, abuse related to prostitution, stalking, sexual harassment and more. The Coalition lobbies national and local government to improve its policy and practice in these areas (from criminal justice to welfare, education and health). EVAW’s campaigning for better prevention and response includes commentating in the media and using strategic litigation to challenge inequality and barriers to justice. EVAW successfully intervened in the Supreme Court challenge to the Metropolitan Police in their handling of the investigation of the rapist John Worboys, and has played a significant role in campaigning for a Whole School Approach to tackling sexual violence and harassment, including calling for statutory relationships and sex education. EVAW and members are currently campaigning for an end to end review of how the criminal justice system responds to sexual violence crimes.

Previously, Rachel worked for 15 years with employers, campaigning for inclusive workplaces and tackling discrimination at work. Most recently Rachel was part of the team which set up Equally Ours, a strategic communications campaign working to reframe the conversation about equality and human rights in the UK.

European led initiatives have undoubtedly changed the nature of equality policies in the Member States. Women in the UK have benefited greatly from membership of the EU/EEC; thus, looking at Brexit as a process provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the relationship, and patterns of influence, between European and national legislation. For this year's Lecture, we warmly welcome Roberta Guerrina, Professor of Politics at the University of Surrey and expert in EU gender politics and policies.

Professor Guerrina is interested in understanding the impact of gender (hierarchies) on key policy areas traditionally seen as gender neutral, such as Brexit, Security and Defence. Currently, she is working on the unintended gender consequences of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. She has published in the area of Brexit; Women, Peace & Security; work-life balance; Identity politics and the idea of Europe. She is also Jean Monnet Chair and co-founder of the UACES funded collaborative research network "Gendering EU Studies".

She co-authored one of the leading articles on the gendered impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU: "Walking in the Shadow of EU Law" (with Annick Masselot) and during this talk she will explore the gendered nature of the process of withdrawing from the European Union.

Let’s Talk About Race new Wed 17 Oct 2018   12:30 Finished

During this event we will share what we know about the racial composition of the University and what staff and students have told us about their experiences.

We will present the institutional action plan to improve racial equality at Cambridge and will seek your feedback.

The Vice-Chancellor will also reflect on the University’s aspirations and the way forward towards a more inclusive University.

A light lunch will be provided from 12noon.

How we view ourselves and the world around us impacts our ability to dream and achieve.

This session thinks about how an entrepreneurial mind set can help you identify new opportunities, solve problems and make change in your working and personal life.

Reporting Racism at Cambridge new Tue 19 Feb 2019   12:00 [Places]

Talking about 'race' and racism is difficult as these issues are complex and rarely discussed particularly by White people. Our research and a number of national inquiries show that BAME staff and students experience racism more frequently than is reported.

Come along to this event to learn about the Collegiate and University systems that are in place to report and investigate racial discrimination. We will also discuss patterns in experiencing and reporting racism at the University and nationally.

Our speakers include:

Mike Ainsworth, Director of London Services for Stop Hate UK

Devika Ranjan, The Whistle project, co-developer of the "End Everyday Racism" online reporting tool created at the University's Sociology Department

Sarah d’Ambrumenil, Head of Office of Student Conduct, Complaints and Appeals

Emma Mason, HR, Lead on cultural change initiatives

Kusam Leal, University BAME Staff Network Co-Chair

Joanna Jasiewicz, E&D Consultant

SAP Forum new Thu 11 Oct 2018   15:30 Finished

Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) Open Forum

Hosted by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, Professor Eilís Ferran, this session will provide an overview of the University's Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) procedure, highlight the main changes to the process, provide an overview of the SAP CV Scheme and address some common misconceptions.

Trans Awareness new Wed 13 Feb 2019   12:30 Finished

This session will set the wider context for trans identities, provide greater understanding of the experience of trans people and explore uses of language and key terms such as cisgender, non-binary and transgender, all in a safe supportive environment. 

Trans Awareness new Wed 22 May 2019   12:00 [Places]

This session will set the wider context for trans identities, provide greater understanding of the experience of trans people and explore uses of language and key terms such as cisgender, non-binary and transgender, all in a safe supportive environment. 

Trans Awareness new Wed 21 Nov 2018   12:30 Finished

This session will set the wider context for Trans identities, provide greater understanding of the experience of Trans people and explore uses of language and key terms such as cisgender, non-binary and transgender, all in a safe supportive environment. 

Understanding Implicit Bias new Wed 13 Mar 2019   12:30 [Places]

Implicit biases can impact on the decisions we make and how we interact with colleagues and students, but what can we do to mitigate them?

This session builds on the Implicit Bias online module and will look at what practical steps can be taken to address implicit biases in the workplace.

Understanding Unconscious Bias Self-taught Bookable
  • This module introduces Unconscious Bias and the impact it can have
WellCAM: Come and Sing new Wed 19 Dec 2018   13:00 Finished

Singing is great fun and a brilliant way to boost your physical and mental wellbeing.

Come and spend a lunchtime in the University Church singing a 'seasonal repertoire'.

Experience and talent is not a pre-requisite, however, a sense of fun is!

This event explores the experiences of managers within the University who support their teams to work flexibly. You will hear how flexible and agile working practices can mutually benefit both employee and employer.

Scientists have now a proven link between what we eat and how we feel.

Rachel Kelly, journalist, author and mental health campaigner, will share research findings on what to eat for optimum mental health; recipes to boost your mood, keep you calm and help you sleep; and easy, practical ideas to take home to fit into a busy modern lifestyle.

WellCam: How to Sleep new Wed 24 Jan 2018   12:30 Finished

This event will highlight the importance of sleep for health and wellbeing and teach essential tools to achieve great quality sleep on a regular basis.

The aim of the session, led by Nest Coaching, is to provide the attendees with a greater understanding of coaching, its application, its benefits and results. It will:

  • Outline the differences between therapy, counselling and coaching
  • Demonstrate how coaching can be used purposefully and positively in people’s lives, both inside and outside the workplace
  • Provide an opportunity to experience some of the techniques used in coaching practice

To get the most out of the session it would be helpful if you could identify a goal that you have in mind for the new year. Your goal can be either personal or work based. For example, you might wish to achieve a better work life balance or improve your health and well-being. Alternatively, you might wish to set work goals for yourself or look at using goal setting within appraisal and performance reviews, or achieve results around having difficult conversations.

By the end of the workshop, you will also understand why focusing on your strengths and recognising your emotions will help you strive, flourish and perform better in the workplace and at home.

Programme outline

12.00 – 12.15 Introduction to coaching

12.15 – 12.45 Coaching exercises

12.45 – 13.00 Questions and answers

The aim of the session, led by Nest Coaching, is to provide the attendees with a greater understanding of coaching, its application, its benefits and results. It will:

  • Outline the differences between therapy, counselling and coaching
  • Demonstrate how coaching can be used purposefully and positively in people’s lives, both inside and outside the workplace
  • Provide an opportunity to experience some of the techniques used in coaching practice
  • Explore real case study examples where coaching has been successful in a variety of settings

By the end of the workshop, you will also understand why focusing on your strengths and recognising your emotions will help you strive, flourish and perform better in the workplace and at home.

Programme outline

12.00 – 12.10 Introduction to coaching

12.10 – 12.35 Coaching exercises

12.35 – 12.45 Case examples

12.45 – 13.00 Close Questions

Coaching for Confidence at Work and Home

Managing work, life and family can be challenging.

Sometimes we all need a helping hand to take the next step towards our goals. Whether you need support to deal with the stresses of life, being a parent or working through your career choices, our expert coaching team is here to help.

Our focus on Nurturing, Empowering, Supporting and Training will move you forward, so you become fulfilled at home and at work.

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