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Equality & Diversity course timetable

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Thu 4 Jul 2019 – Thu 31 Oct 2019

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Thursday 4 July 2019

09:00
Meditate for a Calmer Mind new Finished 09:00 - 10:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

And breathe…

It’s not often we get to spend time during the working day away from meetings, deadlines, appointments and mental to-do lists. Ideal for reducing anxiety, aiding healing, increasing focus, encouraging better sleep and improving general wellbeing; meditation can help you step away from the chaos in to a calm mind. Lucy, from White Lotus Meditation, will start with the basics of posture and mindful breathing before guiding you through some gentle visualisation meditations designed to relax and restore.

You won’t be asked to sit cross-legged on the floor, although may do so should you wish! Suitable for those new to meditation, anyone simply curious about it and for those with a regular practice.

    • Meditation is widely regarding for improving emotional health and general wellbeing. However, those with certain mental health conditions including schizophrenia and bi-polar should seek approval from their GP or mental health professional before commencing any sessions.
10:30
Explore Your Wellbeing with LEGO new Finished 10:30 - 11:45 Faculty of English, SR14

In this workshop you will explore what wellbeing means to you and how you could enhance yours. The workshop will use the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation method to help explore complex topics.

Building with LEGO® bricks and using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation will make sure that you, and the others in the group, contribute equally and understand each other. It will stimulate your thinking, communication and, problem solving skills and create an environment with insight, confidence and commitment. Your possibilities for learning are enormous.

To get the most from the session the group will work together using the basic principles of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®:
 1. Question – an issue and a suitable open question is identified
 2. Build – you make LEGO® brick models to answer the question from your own perspective
 3. Share – you all explain your model using it as a metaphor to answer the question
 4. Reflect – the group checks everyone’s understanding, and makes sense of the knowledge that has been unlocked. 100% of the participants are involved for 100% of the session unlike conventional workshops where 20% of the people do 80% of the talking and not everyone is engaged.

You will find the approach useful because:
 • We all have a unique perspective
 • Our brain works better in three dimensions
 • Playing in three dimensions lets us see more perspectives and have more ideas
 • Story-making and metaphors help you communicate more clearly

Last year, participants said • “Brilliant!” • “Super way to look at sharing ideas and encouraging me to think outside the box” • “This event was amazing. I was concerned…as someone who is not known for being creative…but Gez was a great facilitator and took us through a really good process of learning before setting us loose in full creativity mode! This was an amazing way to talk about some innate feelings within ourselves in a safe and constructive way and was really inspiring to see and hear others”

13:30
Securing the Financial Future of Women: 6 Moments That Matter new Finished 13:30 - 14:30 Department of Zoology, Main Lecture Theatre

How to secure the financial future of the next generation: the 12 Perils and Pitfalls and 6 Moments that Matter in the lives of British women

Jane Portas, a co-founder of Insuring Women's Futures and a Partner at PwC, will share the highlights of her ground-breaking research into the financial lives of women in the UK. Jane's talk will cover the trends in British people's risks in life and how this impacts our financial resilience, identifying the key risks (Perils and Pitfalls) facing women and the cumulative effect of these on women's and all of our long term financial security. The session will reflect on changes in our working and family lives, and our health and wellbeing, and consider society's financial preparedness. Jane will introduce, and we will discuss, 6 Moments that Matter where positive interventions may be made to improve women's and all of our financial resilience, by women and men in society, employers, business, financial services, policymakers and the third sector.

This session is relevant for every man and woman who is interested in their and our society's financial future, those with an interest in the gender pay and pensions gaps, and wider socioeconomic matters such as financial inclusion, regulation and related policy developments.

Jane Portas is a Partner at PwC with 30 years’ experience of advising UK, EU and global insurance businesses on risk and regulation. She leads PwC's Insurance Brexit services, Customer & Conduct services for the Insurance sector, advice on Employee Financial Wellbeing and is the firm's Financial Inclusion leader. In 2017 she was called to provide expert evidence to the Treasury Committee on Solvency II and the impact of Brexit on the future UK regulatory regime.

Insuring Women's Futures is a market-led programme established under the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the global professional body for insurance and financial planning, in collaboration with a wide variety of leading insurance and wider financial services professionals and firms, businesses, policy and third sector organisations, and experts on issues relating to women’s risks. It was established as part of the CII’s remit to improve public trust in insurance and financial planning and to ensure the profession remains relevant in serving the whole of society. For information about the programme, research reports, public Manifesto please visit: https://www.insuringwomensfutures.co.uk/

14:00
Menopause Café - Clinical School Café new Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Clinical School, Foyer

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.

https://www.menopausecafe.net/

Friday 5 July 2019

12:00
Bad Work Destroys Wellbeing – But What Makes Work Good? new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Newnham College

Professor Dame Carol Black's Annual Wellbeing Lecture; Integrating traditional Occupational Safety and Health protection programmes with the wider determinants of health in the workplace - stress, quality of management and leadership, autonomy, flexibility - is not easy to achieve, and many barriers, especially cultural ones, must be overcome. The lecture will take and international lens and look at progress around the world in achieving this highly desirable goal. Total Worker Health, when properly embedded, impacts the wellbeing, not only of workers, but also of their families, communities and the economy.

This lecture takes place at the Principal's Lodge, Newnham College.

Hands Up – Who's Looking After Their Hands at Work? new CANCELLED 12:00 - 13:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 10

This session is aimed at staff / students whose role involves frequent hand washing or wearing of gloves as part of their personal protection equipment (PPE) and may be more suitable to those working in clinic and laboratory areas who are at greater risk of work-related dermatitis and /eczema.

The session will discuss the different types of dermatitis, provide advice on correct handwashing technique and use of gloves, as well as steps to avoid problems from developing and the action to take in the event that problems occur.

There will be an opportunity to evaluate hand washing techniques and assess skin hydration to show how this can impact upon the management of hand care.

Nature Walk - Addenbrookes - Non UTBS bookings new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 Room to be confirmed

Eventbrite bookings set up by Energy Team

12:30
Museum Mindfulness (Object Handling) new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

In this practical workshop, see how mindfulness can be used to deepen your appreciation of museums and how museums can assist with mental health.

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that asks you to bring your full attention to the present moment.

In this hour-long workshop, we will be seeing how mindfulness can be used to deepen your appreciation of museum or gallery collections and also how museums and galleries can assist with mental health.

NB – This session will take place in a private room in the museum, not in the gallery. For a mindfulness session in the gallery, please book for Museum Mindfulness (Gallery Session) on Friday the 28th of June.

13:00
Explore Your Wellbeing with LEGO new Finished 13:00 - 14:30 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Meeting Room 5, AL.02

In this workshop you will explore what wellbeing means to you and how you could enhance yours. The workshop will use the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation method to help explore complex topics.

Building with LEGO® bricks and using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation will make sure that you, and the others in the group, contribute equally and understand each other. It will stimulate your thinking, communication and, problem solving skills and create an environment with insight, confidence and commitment. Your possibilities for learning are enormous.

To get the most from the session the group will work together using the basic principles of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®:
 1. Question – an issue and a suitable open question is identified
 2. Build – you make LEGO® brick models to answer the question from your own perspective
 3. Share – you all explain your model using it as a metaphor to answer the question
 4. Reflect – the group checks everyone’s understanding, and makes sense of the knowledge that has been unlocked. 100% of the participants are involved for 100% of the session unlike conventional workshops where 20% of the people do 80% of the talking and not everyone is engaged.

You will find the approach useful because:
 • We all have a unique perspective
 • Our brain works better in three dimensions
 • Playing in three dimensions lets us see more perspectives and have more ideas
 • Story-making and metaphors help you communicate more clearly

Last year, participants said • “Brilliant!” • “Super way to look at sharing ideas and encouraging me to think outside the box” • “This event was amazing. I was concerned…as someone who is not known for being creative…but Gez was a great facilitator and took us through a really good process of learning before setting us loose in full creativity mode! This was an amazing way to talk about some innate feelings within ourselves in a safe and constructive way and was really inspiring to see and hear others”

Tour and Draw new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Amongst our beautiful Jacobean architecture, find a calm space at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and get creative.

Not sure where to start? Join us at 1pm for a short tour – we’ll point out hidden gems, ornate craftsmanship and impressive designs. Then get stuck in! All drawing resources and extra chairs provided.

Please bear in mind that food cannot be eaten inside the museum.

Meet near the museum front desk.

14:30
Ever Wondered How to Fillet a Fish or Make the Perfect Soufflé? new Finished 14:30 - 16:00 Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall

Ever wondered how to fillet a fish or make the perfect soufflé?

Here is your chance - come along and see demonstrations by two of our Madingley Hall Chefs. There will be an opportunity for you to put into practice what you have learnt.

Monday 8 July 2019

12:30
Trans Awareness new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 11

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.

Wednesday 17 July 2019

14:00
Trans awareness: Supporting trans employees new Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Judge Business School, Lecture Theatre 2

This session will provide staff in HR related roles with a greater understanding of the experience of trans people, shed light on the meaning and use of important gender terms (such as cis, non-binary, transgender, etc.) and share information, insights, and guidance.

Thursday 15 August 2019

09:30
Global mobility: Supporting overseas working new Finished 09:30 - 10:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

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

  • Introduce the Global Mobility policy and associated guidance documentation.
  • Explore the key considerations when sending or recruiting someone to work overseas on an Assignment.
  • Discuss different types of overseas working and the processes applicable to each case.

Please note: The seminar will be very similar in content to the Global Mobility Seminar held in August 2019.

Wednesday 4 September 2019

10:00
Sainsbury Lab - Dignity at Work new Finished 10:00 - 12:00 Sainsbury Laboratory: Room to be confirmed

List created after date from emailed list of names Sainsbury Lab and Botanic Garden staff attended same session List separated for stat purposes.

Tuesday 10 September 2019

00:00
EM - WDYDTL? new Finished 00:00 - 00:05

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Tuesday 17 September 2019

00:00
EM - WDYDTL? new Finished 00:00 - 00:05

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Tuesday 24 September 2019

00:00
EM - WDYDTL? new Finished 00:00 - 00:05

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Wednesday 25 September 2019

00:00
OHS & UCS : WDYDTL? new Finished 00:00 - 00:05

UTBS created 30 Oct 19 - from paper records

09:30
Race awareness: Understanding and challenging racism new Finished 09:30 - 10:30 Department of Genetics, Biffen Lecture Theatre

This session is an interactive workshop for staff with HR related roles who would like to increase their understanding of ‘race’ and racism.

The aim of the session is not only to enhance the 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.

Thursday 10 October 2019

12:30
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: Suicide Prevention: A conversation that could save a life new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building, SG1

This year's World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October has a theme of suicide prevention.

Yvonne McPartland, Deputy Head of the Staff Counselling Centre, will be delivering a session on suicide prevention for staff in Cambridge. The shocking reality is that suicide is the most common cause of death in men aged under 50 and the suicide rate is currently increasing after many years of decline. This equates to more than 6,000 deaths by suicide annually in the UK and Ireland.

The session is designed to give staff the confidence to challenge the taboo around suicide that makes it such a difficult subject to broach, with colleagues, family members, friends and even total strangers: what is it OK to say, what should I be looking for and what should I do next? The session will increase awareness around suicide, dispel some myths and share some lessons from experience at the Staff Counselling Centre. It will also remind staff what the centre can offer them. The message is that having a conversation could really save a life.

Tuesday 29 October 2019

12:30
SPACE Network Event: Listening to Parents and Carers new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 17 Mill Lane, Meeting Room A

The University’s SPACE network (supporting staff who are parents and carers), is holding 3 open meetings for current and new members to gain feedback on SPACE activities, events, topics etc. We are also looking for new network committee members to represent parents, carers from a range of staff groups and University sites.

18:00
Welcome to LGBT+ Cambridge: Out at Cambridge new Finished 18:00 - 20:00 St Catharine's College, McGrath Centre

Welcome to LGBT+ Cambridge: Out at Cambridge

The LGBT+ Staff Network and lgbtQ+@cam invite you to the launch of 'Out at Cambridge’. Members of the lgbtQ+@cam team will present from their report describing LGBT+ staff and student experiences at Cambridge. Copies of the report will be available.

Plus, find out what the University has to offer its LGBT+ staff and meet colleagues.

Thursday 31 October 2019

12:30
SPACE Network Event: Listening to Parents and Carers new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 Greenwich House, Cairo Room

The University’s SPACE network (supporting staff who are parents and carers), is holding 3 open meetings for current and new members to gain feedback on SPACE activities, events, topics etc. We are also looking for new network committee members to represent parents, carers from a range of staff groups and University sites.

14:00
Managing Stress in Times of Uncertainty new Finished 14:00 - 15:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1

Stress and its partner anxiety are part of life for us all. In fact, without them, we would not achieve nearly as much as we do. However, too much stress can become problematic. In these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to prioritise our mental health, to recognise when we and others are struggling, and to find strategies to help us manage its impact. This talk will put stress and anxiety in context and offer ways in which to think about and manage their effect on us both physiologically and mentally.

Presenter: Ashley Meggitt MSc Ashley is an associate lecturer and research psychologist working at Anglia Ruskin University. He holds a master's degree in psychology and is studying for his PhD. He spent 25 years of his first career working within the Cambridge University and College environment and is well versed with many of the challenges this brings. He has also spent the last 5 years volunteering for a mental health charity.