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Equality & Diversity

Equality & Diversity course timetable


Tue 21 May – Wed 26 Jun

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Wednesday 22 May

Trans Awareness new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Cambridge University Library, Milstein Room

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. 

Thursday 23 May

Supporting staff through family leave: A how to guide for managers new [Places] 09:30 - 10:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

This session will provide staff in HR related roles with an overview of how to best support managers with staff who are about to go on, or return from, a period of family leave.

Monday 3 June

Caring4Elders Workshops new (3 of 3) In progress 12:00 - 14:00 16 Mill Lane, Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs, Eastwood Room

An Elderly Person in your life! An opportunity for individuals to explore positive approaches to preparing for and responding to the unexpected changes & challenges that occur as they include the increasing needs of an elderly person into your lifestyle. This includes those elderly people who are independent as well as those with specific needs.

Workshops to help you prepare Participants prepare for the future and respond to current challenges through informal networking and input from our experienced facilitators. The materials are delivered over 3 x 1-hour sessions:

  • Prepared to Care
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Problem Solving

All participants receive a pack with key information to improve their links to the elderly person.

Focus on you and your wellbeing Caring4Elders participants confirm the value of time to reflect on their approach to incorporating the practical and emotional changes that occur as an elderly person becomes less independent. Participants have all asked for more time to continue the network at the end of the workshops which have been offered in the East of England since 2017

12:00 Venue open

12:15 Workshop commence

13:15 Workshop finish

13:15 - 14:00 Time for informal questions and discussion


Thursday 13 June

IoA : Respect at Work new [Places] 11:00 - 13:00 Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy is hosting “Dignity and Respect at Work” workshops for ALL staff as part of the University wide E&D policy and training programme.

To be held in the Sackler Lecture Theatre in the Hoyle Building

Athena SWAN: Recruitment and Induction new [Places] 12:30 - 14:00 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building, SG2

This session will give an overview of recruitment best practice and how to attract a more diverse range of applicants.

We will look at how to write an advert, further information documents, shortlisting and interview processes.

There will be discussion around best practice in inclusive induction and probation processes.

Monday 17 June

Family Friendly Policies: Managers’ Responsibilities new [Places] 12:00 - 13:30 Clinical School, Committee Room (Seminar Room 5)

Flexible working gives employees flexibility on where and when they work, allowing them to balance home and career. A panel of managers from the Clinical School will provide insight into their experience of supporting staff who work flexibly and the benefits and challenges such arrangements can bring.

Tuesday 18 June

Recruitment Policy: Writing a job advert and return on investment new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

This session is for staff in HR related roles and will:

  • Introduce the Recruitment Policy, including the key principles that underpin good recruitment practice.
  • Explore how to write an effective recruitment advert, in terms of structure and content.
  • Present analysis of recruitment advertising at the University and suggest methods of effective advertising practice.

Monday 24 June

Menopause Café - Judge Business School Café new [Places] 11:30 - 12:30 Judge Business School

Menopause Café

At a Menopause Café people gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss menopause.

The objective is to increase awareness of the impact of the menopause on those experiencing it, their friends, colleagues and families, so that we can make conscious choices about this third stage of life.

A Menopause Cafe is a group directed discussion of menopause with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a support or counselling session. We may split into small groups and you are welcome to just listen, although we hope you will join in on discussions.

Our Menopause Cafés are offered:

  • On a not for profit basis
  • In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
  • With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
  • Alongside refreshments!

Who is it for? Anybody interested in sharing their stories, experiences and questions about menopause. All genders and all ages. Men and women and inbetween. Old and young and inbetween.

Tour of Great St Mary's Church new [Places] 12:00 - 12:30 Great St. Mary's Church

A guided tour around the University Church featuring its remarkable heritage and the significant role it has played in the history of the University and City of Cambridge over 800 years.

This can be followed by a chance to climb the tower to see the wonderful panoramic views of Cambridge.  Weather permitting .... The tower climb is 123 spiral stairs in each direction; you need a strong heart on the way up and strong knees on the way down! Not recommended if you're claustrophobic. Level access to the ground floor for wheelchair users and accessible WC.

Please note: There is a charge of £5.00 to climb the Tower. Tickets can be purchased in the Gift Shop

Tour of the Art Collection at Addenbrooke’s Hospital new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 15

Over recent years, there has been a growing understanding of the powerful impact that the arts can have in healthcare settings. In 2007, The Department of Health issued its first ever review of arts in health which recognised that the arts “are, and should be firmly recognised as being integral to health, healthcare provision and healthcare environments, including supporting staff”.

This session, hosted by Addenbrooke’s Arts (a programme funded by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust), will include a short talk about the role of arts in health followed by a tour of the art collection in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

For more information about Addenbrooke’s Arts please go to:

Donations to Addenbrooke's Art would be gratefully received!

Tour of Madingley Hall Gardens new [Full] 12:00 - 13:00 Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall

A one hour walk around the wild grounds of Madingley Hall led by Head Gardener Richard Gant.

How to Be an Active Bystander new [Places] 12:30 - 13:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 2

Have you ever been concerned about a situation affecting someone else at work and wanted to help, but didn't because “Everyone else seems to think it’s ok” or “Nothing will change anyway”? Have you ever heard a racist/sexist/homophobic joke in the tea room and felt uncomfortable? Watched a colleague wince at being belittled or interrupted in a team meeting and wished you could help? Seen an inappropriate touch of a friend and felt bad for them? You're not alone, we are all observers and bystanders simply by being at work.

Come along to this short session to find out why this happens and what it means to be an active bystander. This includes simple changes and actions we can learn to use to support others around us and, over time, create a respectful and inclusive environment for all of us to live and work in.

ICE Course Taster - International Politics new [Places] 12:30 - 13:30 Institute of Continuing Education, Hickson room

The international system is shifting from being unipolar to multipolar, just as the consequences of globalisation are creating huge inequalities within and between nations, and the prospect of interstate conflict rises. Two key outcomes have been the rise of populist leaders adept at using social media, and a re-emphasis on national rather than international values.

This course taster will look at the changing tensions within the global system as individual states move to reassert sovereignty (such as Brexit) and heighten prosperity (such as America First and China's Belt and Road initiative), even as the world faces the huge challenge of climate change and the need for significant cooperation if the earth as we know it is to be saved.

Tuesday 25 June

Race Awareness new [Places] 10:00 - 12:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 5

This will be an interactive workshop for those who would like to increase their understanding of race and racism.

The aim of the session is not only to enhance participants’ confidence in speaking about race but also to provide them with tools to reflect on their role in the circulation of racism, and to build their capacity to challenge racism.

Tour of Great St Mary's Church new [Places] 12:00 - 12:30 Great St. Mary's Church

A guided tour around the University Church featuring its remarkable heritage and the significant role it has played in the history of the University and City of Cambridge over 800 years.

This can be followed by a chance to climb the tower to see the wonderful panoramic views of Cambridge.  Weather permitting .... The tower climb is 123 spiral stairs in each direction; you need a strong heart on the way up and strong knees on the way down! Not recommended if you're claustrophobic. Level access to the ground floor for wheelchair users and accessible WC.

Please note: There is a charge of £5.00 to climb the Tower. Tickets can be purchased in the Gift Shop

Super Sleep new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Institute of Continuing Education, Hickson room

In this 1 hour session led by Sam Thorogood from Tiny Pause learn:

  • How sleep affects our body and mind
  • The three main causes behind poor sleep - summary of sleep studies- which one affects you?
  • One attention training (mindfulness) technique specially designed to helps us unwind and prepare for deeper sleep
  • Eight MED (Minimum Effective Dose) techniques proven to help you improve sleep a little (maybe a lot)
A Beautiful Mind new [Full] 12:00 - 13:00 Department of Physics, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Seminar Room (Floor 2)

‘The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.’ John Milton

Aspects of the mind and subconscious mind will be explored; its emotions, personalities, thoughts and attitudes. Attempts will be made to take practical steps to make our inner lives more rich and the mind more noble.

Virtual RPM (Spin Class) new [Places] 12:00 - 12:45 Clinical School, Frank Lee Centre

Virtual RPM Frank Lee Centre

Virtual RPM is a group indoor cycling workout where you control the intensity. It's fun, low impact and you can burn up to 675 calories a session. With great music pumping and the group spinning as one, your instructor takes you on a journey of hill climbs, sprints and flat riding.

Homerton College’s Gardens and Grounds Tour new [Full] 13:30 - 14:30 Homerton College

Join a tour of Homerton College’s gardens and grounds.

25 acres including a lime walk, an orchard, small courtyard gardens, mixed herbaceous & rose borders, lawns and mature trees.

Meeting point : Porter’s Lodge, Homerton College, Hills Road, CB2 8PH

Wednesday 26 June

Basic Bike Maintenance & Puncture Repair new [Full] 11:00 - 12:00 Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall

To be held in the Madingley Hall gardens.

Come along and spend an hour learning the basic bike maintenance essentials to keep you on the road if the worst happens whilst out on a ride. Session will include wheel removal, innertube repair / replacement and wheel refitting. Handouts will be available detailing the basic minimum kit to carry with you on your bike when out and about.

There will also be a basic touch on brake / gear adjustment time allowing. Wheels and bikes with varied running gear will be available on site but feel free to bring along your own bike and tools so that you can practice on the machine you’ll need to work on in your own time. No equipment / spares or maintenance will be available to take away on the day and the session is not designed to give your bike a full service while you wait.

Zumba new [Places] 12:00 - 12:45 Clinical School, Frank Lee Centre

Zumba Frank Lee Centre

A dance based workout class to Latin and modern music. A fun great way to have fun shake a few pounds.

20th Century Art Tour: Relaxation, Slow Looking & Movement new [Full] 12:00 - 12:50 Fitzwilliam Museum

Join dance artist Filipa Pereira Stubbs to refresh your brain & your body through slow looking at art, listening to music & simple dance.

Everyone is welcome; the dance practice is designed for all to participate in & enjoy.

Meet in the Fitzwilliam Museum level entrance next to the museum shop and opposite Browns on Trumpington Street.

Strengthen Relationships & Teams new [Places] 12:30 - 13:30 Institute of Criminology, Room B3

In this 1 hour session:

  • Learn how the quality of our relationships is the biggest influencing factor on physical and mental wellbeing and high performing teams - latest research
  • A Deep Listening technique, proven by science, to help us understand and communicate meaning more effectively
  • Practice a mini mindfulness technique to help you cope and recover with stressful thoughts - improve relationship with ourselves
  • Learn how relationships are impacted by phone/ distraction and simple steps to navigate this challenge
  • Plan to take one action in the next 24 hours to strengthen a relationship important to you

The Benefits:

  • Studies show the most secure families and effective teams have high levels of social cohesion (strength of relationships).
  • Protect time for quality communication to strengthen family and team social cohesion.
  • Create a little space each day for a High Quality Pause to develop self awareness and perspective.
  • Learn some simple ways to strengthen relationships.
  • Understand how nurturing relationships improves our physical and mental wellbeing.

Enhance focus, reduce stress and strengthen resilience. All techniques proven by science.

The session will be delivered by Sam Thorogood. He combines proven neuroscience & mindfulness based techniques into useful daily habits.

Come and Sing new [Places] 13:00 - 13:50 Great St. Mary's Church

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The Historic Landscapes and Gardens of King's College new [Full] 14:00 - 15:30 King's College, Porter's Lodge

Founded in 1441 by Henry 6th, King's College has Historic landscapes and Gardens rich in heritage and beauty, spend a summer's afternoon exploring them with Senior Horticulturist Steven Coghill.

Meeting Place:- Outside the Porters Lodge, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1ST

Cycle Maintenance Workshop new [Places] 17:00 - 19:00 Greenwich House, grounds

Come and learn what can be achieved with a minimalist toolkit and the application of basic bike repair skills. The course will be split into two halves.

The first half will focus on: •How to carry out an 'M' check on your bike •Wheel removal and replacement •Fixing punctures

The second half will focus on: •Bespoke requests - your chance to ask the trainer specific questions which can include brake adjustment, gear adjustment, bike set up, wheel trimming etc.

Meet by cycle maintenance station/staff cycle parking