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PPD Other Events 2012-13

Programme of events provided by PPD Personal and Professional Development
(Fri 19 Oct 2012 - Wed 17 Jul 2013)

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Fri 19 Oct 2012 – Wed 13 Mar 2013

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October 2012

Fri 19
Counselling Service: Mindfulness Workshop (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre, Merton Hall Farmhouse


Mindfulness helps us become conscious of the intricacies of all that is happening both within us (physical sensations, thoughts, emotions etc.) and outside of us (smell, sound, sight etc.) in any given moment. It is a way of being with our self and the world, which brings us into direct contact with our present moment experiencing. Research has shown that it can have a positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

An individual discipline of specific mindful practices need to be established to develop a more mindful way of being. This includes mindful meditation, mindful movement and mindful attending to the body.

This linked pair of workshops will help you to start and develop these practices. Focus will mostly be on the doing but there will also be opportunity to explore some of the concepts of mindfulness.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring something to lie on.

November 2012

Fri 2
Counselling Service: Mindfulness Workshop (2 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre, Merton Hall Farmhouse


Mindfulness helps us become conscious of the intricacies of all that is happening both within us (physical sensations, thoughts, emotions etc.) and outside of us (smell, sound, sight etc.) in any given moment. It is a way of being with our self and the world, which brings us into direct contact with our present moment experiencing. Research has shown that it can have a positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

An individual discipline of specific mindful practices need to be established to develop a more mindful way of being. This includes mindful meditation, mindful movement and mindful attending to the body.

This linked pair of workshops will help you to start and develop these practices. Focus will mostly be on the doing but there will also be opportunity to explore some of the concepts of mindfulness.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring something to lie on.

Mon 26
People Matter Week Launch Event Finished 12:00 - 14:00 University Centre, Cormack Room


Find out about University-provided services and benefits, as well as local partner organisations. This is a drop-in event.

Relaxation Workshop Finished 12:30 - 13:00 Clinical School, Committee Room (Seminar Room 5)


Helpful suggestions for relaxation techniques.

Tue 27
Positive Thinking, Positive Action: Converting Stress to Strength Finished 12:30 - 13:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 9


Find out about techniques to manage stress in a workshop delivered by Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Jan van Niekerk.

Hallelujah Chorus Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Great St. Mary's Church


All are welcome to join in a lunchtime rehearsal and performance of Handel's masterpiece.
Please note you do not need to make a booking for this event, just turn up.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Disabled People Reflect on their Careers Finished 17:30 - 19:30 Churchill College, Wolfson Hall


The event will energise and enthuse the audience by learning more about the successes of the panel, their career highlights and what has helped in their chosen fields. There will be time for questions and the event will be followed by drinks and nibbles.

The panel will consist of;

  • Caroline Benn – Principal Scientist, Pfizer Neusentis, molecular biology group leader for Regenerative Medicine
  • Gary O’Donoghue – BBC Political Correspondent for Television and Radio
  • David Ruebain – Chief Executive, Equality Challenge Unit, Founder of Levenes Education Equality and Disability Law department
  • Jenny Sealey MBE – Artistic Director, Graeae and co-director of the London 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony
  • Niall Strawson - Accessibility Adviser at University of Oxford, Disability Columnist at Oxford Mail

The lecture is open to all, the venue is accessible to disabled people and a BSL interpreter and speech to text support provided.

Wed 28
Are You Sitting Comfortably? Finished 12:00 - 14:00 University Computing Service, Reception


RSI: What it is and how it can be prevented.

This is a drop in session - bookings are not required.

People Matter Week Annual Talk: Counselling Works Finished 12:30 - 13:30 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 4


Find out about the Staff Counselling Service and how counselling can support well-being at work. Chaired by University Equality Champion Dr Nick Bampos.
Please note you do not need to make a booking for this event, just turn up.

Level 5 Award in Management: Briefing Session Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Disability Resource Centre, Bridget's Meeting Room


This briefing session will provide more information about the Level 5 Award in Management programme, which will start in January. The programme develops a range of management skills and is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). It is highly participative and there is a strong emphasis on applying new learning to your work situation for the benefit of your team and your department.

Thu 29
Well-being at Work Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre, Merton Hall Farmhouse


This workshop aims to help sustain and develop well-being and will consider how to approach our own well-being, and how to sustain this in our relationships and the workplace.

All In This Together: How Allies Can Help to Build an Inclusive Working Environment Finished 12:30 - 13:30 The Pitt Building, Perceval Room


Learn how allies can foster a more inclusive workplace. Chaired by University Equality Champion Dr Nick Bampos.

Be Yourself at Work: Authenticity In the Workplace Finished 17:30 - 19:30 St Catharine's College, Senior Combination Room


For members of the LGBT Staff Network. How being yourself at work can bring out the best in you.

Fri 30
A Perfect Body? Looking at Disability and Illness in Antiquity Finished 12:15 - 13:30 Fitzwilliam Museum


Looking at disability and illness in Antiquity. A themed tour on the ancient Greek ideal of 'a perfect mind set in a perfect body' and the beliefs surrounding disability and illness in Ancient Greece and Rome.

December 2012

Wed 5
Navigator: Briefing Session Finished 10:00 - 11:00 CCTL, Revans Room


This briefing session will provide more information about the Navigator programme, which will start in January. The programme encourages you to explore your future in a practical way and to develop your potential. There is a strong emphasis on personal input and reflection. You will be required to undertake two to three hours of independent work a week.

Further details about the Navigator programme can be obtained from the Springboard Consultancy’s website

Tue 11
University Christmas Carols Finished 15:00 - 16:30 Great St. Mary's Church


All are welcome to the University's annual carol service.

January 2013

Tue 22
New Perspectives for Women on Confident Ways of Working (Academic Related and Assistant Staff) Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Arts School, Room C (No longer in use)


Have you experienced knocking knees, a dry throat or churning stomach before an important meeting? What do your thoughts have to do with your success? Can you really control the internal butterflies?

Research is providing us with increasing evidence that our thoughts affect our feelings, behaviour and our achievements. The concept of confidence is often misunderstood; usually it’s only when we don’t have it that confidence comes to our attention. This workshop will encourage you to explore what creates confidence, the beliefs and behaviours that support and detract from your confidence and how to find that essential boost when you need it most.

February 2013

Wed 6
New Perspectives for Women on Gaining Recognition at Work Finished 12:00 - 14:00 University Centre, Cormack Room


This confidence-boosting workshop offers practical tips on how to overcome modesty and claim ownership for successes that are rightfully yours in a natural and authentic manner. This workshop also offers techniques to increase your professional visibility.

Thu 7
New Perspectives for Women on Gaining Recognition at Work Finished 12:00 - 14:00 CIMR, Sackler Lecture Theatre


This confidence-boosting workshop offers practical tips on how to overcome modesty and claim ownership for successes that are rightfully yours in a natural and authentic manner. This workshop also offers techniques to increase your professional visibility.

Tue 19
Counselling Service: Mindfulness Workshop (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre, Merton Hall Farmhouse


Mindfulness helps us become conscious of the intricacies of all that is happening both within us (physical sensations, thoughts, emotions etc.) and outside of us (smell, sound, sight etc.) in any given moment. It is a way of being with our self and the world, which brings us into direct contact with our present moment experiencing. Research has shown that it can have a positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

An individual discipline of specific mindful practices need to be established to develop a more mindful way of being. This includes mindful meditation, mindful movement and mindful attending to the body.

This linked pair of workshops will help you to start and develop these practices. Focus will mostly be on the doing but there will also be opportunity to explore some of the concepts of mindfulness.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring something to lie on.


Have you experienced knocking knees, a dry throat or churning stomach before an important meeting? What do your thoughts have to do with your success? Can you really control the internal butterflies?

Research is providing us with increasing evidence that our thoughts affect our feelings, behaviour and our achievements. The concept of confidence is often misunderstood; usually it’s only when we don’t have it that confidence comes to our attention. This workshop will encourage you to explore what creates confidence, the beliefs and behaviours that support and detract from your confidence and how to find that essential boost when you need it most.

Wed 20
New Perspectives for Women on Confident Ways of Working (Research Staff) Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Arts School, Room B (No longer in use)


Have you experienced knocking knees, a dry throat or churning stomach before an important meeting? What do your thoughts have to do with your success? Can you really control the internal butterflies?

Research is providing us with increasing evidence that our thoughts affect our feelings, behaviour and our achievements. The concept of confidence is often misunderstood; usually it’s only when we don’t have it that confidence comes to our attention. This workshop will encourage you to explore what creates confidence, the beliefs and behaviours that support and detract from your confidence and how to find that essential boost when you need it most.

March 2013

Mon 4
Immigration Lunch & Learn: The Resident Labour Market Test Finished 13:45 - 15:15 University Centre, Cormack Room


The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is a key area within the recruitment of Sponsored Workers (Tier 2). Getting it wrong can cause significant delays to the recruitment process and is frustrating both for the recruiter and the candidate selected for the role. Failure to meet the RLMT where required is a breach of our sponsor duties, which could lead to our licence being downgraded or removed.

This event aims to demystify the requirements of the RLMT so that we get it right first time and avoid unnecessary setbacks. The Lunch and Learn is a focused face to face session.

Tue 5
Counselling Service: Mindfulness Workshop (2 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre, Merton Hall Farmhouse


Mindfulness helps us become conscious of the intricacies of all that is happening both within us (physical sensations, thoughts, emotions etc.) and outside of us (smell, sound, sight etc.) in any given moment. It is a way of being with our self and the world, which brings us into direct contact with our present moment experiencing. Research has shown that it can have a positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

An individual discipline of specific mindful practices need to be established to develop a more mindful way of being. This includes mindful meditation, mindful movement and mindful attending to the body.

This linked pair of workshops will help you to start and develop these practices. Focus will mostly be on the doing but there will also be opportunity to explore some of the concepts of mindfulness.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring something to lie on.

Wed 13
New Perspectives for Women on Making Connections Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 5


This workshop will focus on helping you create a long term, sustainable and highly practical plan which will focus purely on your career success – as defined by you. Heather White has created a unique approach which will help you connect more easily with people inside and outside the University; it will also enable you to refine your activities and be more productive. The workshop will be fast paced, highly interactive and practical.