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Tuesday 10 March

09:00
Springboard: A Women's Development Programme (1 of 4) POSTPONED 09:00 - 15:30 Hughes Hall, Peter Richards Room


Springboard is a personal development programme for all female staff/graduate students. It will give you the opportunity to take stock and consider your personal and professional goals.

During the programme you will explore your future in a practical way and learn how to develop your potential. You will undertake realistic self-assessment and set challenging goals.

Key areas covered include communication skills, assertiveness, self confidence, improving your work/life balance and developing positive skills and attitude. If you want to progress and develop, then this programme is for you.

The programme comprises four days over a three-month period and a workbook to be completed between sessions.

09:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) Finished 09:30 - 10:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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

Inclusive Leadership Programme new (3 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.

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) Finished 10:30 - 11:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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, Lima 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, Lima 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) CANCELLED 14:30 - 15:30 Greenwich House, Lima 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, Lima 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 11 March

09:15
Inclusive Leadership Programme (Academic and Research Leaders) new (3 of 4) In progress 09:15 - 13:00 University Centre, Hicks Room

This programme is designed to support academic and research leaders and managers with the skills and insights they need to lead others effectively. Group leaders and PIs/senior researchers with responsibility for others are particularly encouraged to attend.

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.

09:30
MBTI: Understanding Personality Finished 09:30 - 15:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality instrument worldwide, based on over 50 years’ research and development.

It presents a framework for understanding how you operate, how others operate, and how you can use that understanding to get more from yourself and the relationships you have with others.

This workshop is led by a qualified MBTI practitioner and will involve taking the MBTI questionnaire, investigating the four areas of preference covered by MBTI, self-assessment of type with group exercises, looking at your best fit type and investigating how it could help you at work.

Learning about your personality type can help you to understand your role within your team and the role of others. It can also help you to cope with organisational change, deal with stress effectively and develop your emotional intelligence.

14:00
How to be an Active Bystander at Work new Finished 14:00 - 15:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1

Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help, but didn't? Hearing a racist/sexist/homophobic joke in the tea room? Seeing an inappropriate touch of a friend? Watching a colleague wince at being belittled or interrupted in a team meeting? You're not alone, this is more common for many of us than you might think.

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 you can take to support others around you without confrontation and, over time, support a more inclusive environment for all of us to live and work in.

Thursday 12 March

09:15
Managing and Developing Effective Teams Finished 09:15 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


A team that works well is an exciting and creative place to be.

This course will enable you to identify the important ingredients for a successful team and to reflect on your own team management skills. It will also look at different team-working styles and examine the need to balance the requirements of the task, the team and the individual.

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One or small group) Finished 10:30 - 11:30 Greenwich House, Minsk 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, Minsk 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, Minsk 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, Minsk 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, Minsk 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 16 March

10:00
Technician Network Event Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Department of Physics, Maxwell Centre, Communal Space (Level 1)

A network event highlighting and supporting the vital work carried out by technicians.

There will be an introduction about the University's engagement with the Technician Commitment.

This will be followed by a breakfast with opportunities to network with technicians from different departments.

There will be presentations from technical staff and tours of the host department.

13:00
Immigration and Recruitment: Helping You Get it Right CANCELLED 13:00 - 15:45 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This course is recommended for those responsible for the recruitment and selection of staff, particularly if you are new to the University but also for existing staff seeking a refresher.

With the introduction of the points-based immigration system and with immigration legislation becoming ever stricter, the UK now operates one of the world’s most complex immigration systems.

The aim of this course is to help those involved with recruitment and selection to navigate the rules which regulate the recruitment of individuals who are subject to immigration control, whilst ensuring full compliance. It will outline the key requirements in advertising, selection, pre-employment checks and the responsibilities throughout employment that the University is legally bound to observe.

Tuesday 17 March

10:00
The Prevent Duty: A Briefing for All Staff Finished 10:00 - 11:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 2

The University has a statutory duty to have ‘due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is known as the Prevent Duty (Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015). It is primarily about safeguarding students and staff in the University and includes a range of responsibilities in areas such as pastoral care, support for staff and students, procedures for arranging events and using facilities. All staff need to be aware of the process of radicalisation, definitions of extremism and the process for raising concerns in this context.

This short session provides information about Prevent for all staff working in in the University. It includes input and examples to consider and combines the content in Module 1 – An introduction to the Prevent Duty: Online and the University Prevent website.

You can access these as an alternative to attending this session.

Full details of available training and support are on the Prevent Training Moodle site using your Raven login.

11:00
Apprenticeship Information Event Finished 11:00 - 12:30 University Centre, Cormack Room

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

  • Business Administration Level 3
  • Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3
  • Customer Service Specialist Level 3

There will be a presentation from the apprenticeship team and training provider selected to deliver these programmes - West Suffolk College.

The event will involve short presentations lasting around 45 minutes. The remainder of the event will be a drop-in clinic for those people that have any queries and who would like to complete an expression of interest form.

Wednesday 18 March

09:30

This workshop provides an opportunity for those recruiting to professional services roles to update and refresh their understanding of the recruitment and selection processes at the University of Cambridge. It includes an overview of the current recruitment and selection process and how to create the conditions where you can recruit the best candidate, avoiding common pitfalls, whilst ensuring practice is fair to all candidates at each stage.

NOTE If you are new to recruitment and selection, it is recommended that you attend the 1 day Recruitment and Selection Skills workshop.

Thursday 19 March

10:00
Understanding Implicit or Unconscious Bias CANCELLED 10:00 - 12:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


This session will provide an introduction to implicit or unconscious bias and will help you start to understand how our biases influence the decisions we make. These may include decisions around recruitment, selection, assessment and broader interactions with others.

The session will include tutor input, group activities and videos and to raise awareness about how to recognise and begin to manage the impact of implicit bias. We will also consider further sources of guidance to support individuals in their roles with specific responsibilities e.g. for managing others, teaching etc.

Tuesday 24 March

09:00
Welcome to New Staff CANCELLED 09:00 - 12:00 Magdalene College, Cripps Court


The University of Cambridge is committed to effective induction for all new members of staff. In addition to the welcome and induction you will receive in your institution, you are warmly invited to take part in the University’s two-stage induction.

The first stage comprises the University’s Induction Online programme. This web resource is a quick and easy way for you to learn all about what it is like to work here as well as understand your role and responsibilities. It provides key information to help you:

  • settle into your new role quickly
  • orientate yourself in your first few weeks at the University
  • integrate into the University
  • understand how the University works


The second stage is a Welcome to New Staff presentation event, hosted by Personal and Professional Development (PPD). The Welcome event aims to provide a broad introduction to all University staff, providing information about the University to enable you to get the most out of your time here. It is also an opportunity for you to network with other new members of staff.

The half-day event comprises:

  • A welcome and introduction to the University from a senior member of the University
  • A presentation on the benefits of being part of the University of Cambridge
  • A presentation by a senior academic providing an insight into the role of the Colleges and their relationship with the University
  • An exhibition of professional services sections, departments, support and welfare services that are available to you as a member of University staff (exhibitors list).
13:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme (Academic and Research Leaders) new (4 of 4) Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Clinical School, Seminar Room 11

This programme is designed to support academic and research leaders and managers with the skills and insights they need to lead others effectively. Group leaders and PIs/senior researchers with responsibility for others are particularly encouraged to attend.

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.