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Thursday 25 June

09:00
Professional Services Career Development Programme new POSTPONED 09:00 - 13:00 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room

A new three part programme to support career progression for Professional Services staff:

Part 1

This highly interactive workshop will enable you to step back from the ‘day-to-day’ and focus on your career objectives, short and long term. You will have the opportunity to explore what development opportunities you could grasp and what networks might assist you. You will also have the opportunity to consider what’s holding you back and how you can overcome these barriers to fulfill your career aspirations. You will leave the workshop with a personal career plan in draft format, that you will be able to explore in greater depth during the second part of the programme.

Part 2

An hour-long one-to-one career coaching session provided by a professional career coach from Penna, to take place on 6th, 7th, or 8th July. The booking link will be circulated for participants on the afternoon of Thursday 25th June. If you do not receive the booking link on that date please contact PPD.

Part 3

Access to an Online Career Development Tool designed to further support career development and progression. The tool enables you to assess your skills and behavioural attributes against the levels required for your current role, and for roles that you may wish to progress into in the future. It also identifies areas for professional development to support your career development. Guidance on accessing and using the tool will be sent to you at the end of the month in which you attend the workshop.

Friday 26 June

09:15
Communication Skills Advanced: "Was it something I said?" CANCELLED 09:15 - 16:30 Greenwich House, Edmonton Room


Even the most skilled communicators sometimes struggle to get their message across. This course will equip you with the mindset and knowledge to communicate effectively when it really matters. Learn how to deliver your message with sincerity, clarity and enthusiasm. Staff who wish to improve their one-to-one communication skills in challenging and difficult situations will benefit from this course.

Tuesday 30 June

09:30
MBTI: Understanding Personality Finished 09:30 - 13:00 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:Standard)


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.

Thursday 2 July

14:30
Apprenticeship Webinar - Leadership and Management Level 5 Finished 14:30 - 15:30 N/A - PPD Zoom (Internal Ref:Standard)

During this lockdown period, 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.

Wednesday 8 July

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.

Tuesday 21 July

14:00
Apprenticeship Webinar - Leadership and Management Level 5 Finished 14:00 - 15:00 N/A - online webinar

During this lockdown period, 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.

Tuesday 15 September

10:00
Apprenticeship Network Meeting Finished 10:00 - 11:00 N/A - online webinar

A network meeting for university staff interested in establishing an apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Levy to share questions, experiences and advice.

Tuesday 6 October

09:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 09:30 - 10:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 10:30 - 11:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

11:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 11:30 - 12:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

13:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 13:30 - 14:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

14:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 14:30 - 15:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

15:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 15:30 - 16:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

Wednesday 7 October

14:00
Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship Webinar Finished 14:00 - 15:00 N/A - MS Teams

A webinar providing information on the level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship (duration 13months) presented by Glen Suttie of Provek, who are Project Management Training specialists and will deliver this apprenticeship.

Aimed at developing the skills required to run successful projects. This programme consists of 6 modules, each of which have a 1x day workshop training included. You will also sit the Association for Project Management (APM) Project Management Qualification (PMQ) exam and will be externally assessed to achieve the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship standard.

The purpose of the webinar will be to provide you with an overview of the programme, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions.

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

Thursday 8 October

09:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 09:30 - 10:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 10:30 - 11:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

11:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 11:30 - 12:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

13:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 13:30 - 14:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

14:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 14:30 - 15:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

15:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 15:30 - 16:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

Tuesday 13 October

09:30
Inclusive Leadership Programme new (4 of 4) Finished 09:30 - 13:15 N/A - online webinar

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.

Inclusive Leadership Programme new (4 of 4) Finished 09:30 - 13:15 N/A - online webinar

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.

Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 09:30 - 10:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

10:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 10:30 - 11:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

11:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 11:30 - 12:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

13:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 13:30 - 14:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

14:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 14:30 - 15:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.

15:30
Presentation Skills Coaching: Making an Impact (One-to-One) Finished 15:30 - 16:30 N/A - MS Teams

Communicating clearly and being engaging can be challenging in any work environment. Doing so remotely can be even more difficult. This session will provide you with constructive feedback and tips to refine your speaking style, increase your personal impact, make ‘screen time’ feel more ‘face-to-face’ and address any concerns you may have about your communication skills. Coaching will “zoom in” on the areas you need to focus on, from how you come across onscreen to how to shape and deliver an interesting and effective presentation. Get ‘ready for your close-up’ and feel confident the next time you press “Join Meeting”!

You may find it useful to have completed the Presentation Skills online learning module before attending the session.

It is possible to use this booking page to book one follow-up session for additional support. The course trainer will advise when this may be helpful. Please only book one session at a time.