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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.

Additional dates for this programme will be released in Michaelmas term. Please register your interest if you would like to be informed of new dates when they are available.

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.

Inclusive Leadership Programme Launch Event new Tue 2 Jul 2019   15:15 Finished

Leaders and managers in academic, research and professional service roles are invited to join Professor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, to find out more about the new Inclusive Leadership Programme. The event will outline the programme’s key aims and content, designed to support the critical role that leaders and managers play in shaping a positive working environment, supporting progression and ensuring equality.

In her recent statement, Professor Ferran said:

"Achieving equality for all is of fundamental importance to the University and its employees. Both the monitoring of equalities data and feedback from our staff, for example in the Vice-Chancellor’s mycambridge consultation and in the recent staff survey, makes it clear that we need to do more to actively promote an inclusive culture, ensure good management practice and support our staff with their career development. I fully endorse the programmes and encourage you to take the opportunity to participate and support others to do so as well. This is an exciting opportunity for us to take a frank look at how inclusive we currently are and, by working together, how we can make progress towards our goal of achieving equality of pay and opportunity at the University."

NB Registration and refreshments will be available from 3pm. For further information about the Inclusive Leadership Programme and to book a place please see Related courses below.

Additional dates for this programme will be released in Michaelmas term. Please register your interest if you would like to be informed of new dates when they are available.

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.

Induction: Online Self-taught Bookable


This online course welcomes new staff to the University and provides key information to help them settle into their new role quickly and achieve their full potential within their role as soon as possible. It will give new staff an overview of the University, including what to expect from induction and essential information along with some background on the history and traditions.

This online course complements the local induction new staff will receive in their institution, department or faculty.

A Raven password is needed to access this online course. If you don't already have one, visit http://www.cam.ac.uk/cs/docs/faq/n5.html


This two part interactive workshop offers those with some experience of leading and managing others the opportunity to extend their knowledge in relation to leadership and engagement of others. It will provide time to reflect on leadership values, beliefs, attitudes and style and the impact this has on leadership performance. The workshop will also explore how to motivate and engage others to achieve their full potential.

Leadership Essentials Thu 28 Feb 2019   09:30 Finished


Leadership Essentials is a key programme suitable for all managers, which aims to help them refresh and build their skills and experience in managing others. As well as clarifying key responsibilities, it focuses on critical areas that managers can find more difficult, such as giving and receiving feedback effectively and handling challenging conversations. It incorporates tutor input, opportunities for discussion, reflection and sharing of good practice with other managers.

Before attending, please take some time to review the short films of other University colleagues talking about their role as a manager, Leadership Essentials: Management Responsibilities


Success in fundraising is not simply about securing donations. Success requires leaders to look at our institutions from our stakeholders’ perspectives, and endeavour to determine their passions as they relate to the work of our institutions. This is a responsibility not taken lightly, and requires an understanding of the role and purpose of philanthropy throughout the university.

Sue Cunningham, president and chief executive officer of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of educational institutions serving education leaders and advancement practitioners in their efforts to advance education to transform lives and society, will lead this masterclass on the university as a philanthropic organization.

Ms. Cunningham will draw from her three-decade career in advancement that started in the theatre community in Wales, and took her to the University of St. Andrews, the University of Oxford, the University of Melbourne, and now to CASE, where she leads a global organization of more than 3,700 member institutions. She has led campaigns at three universities, developed the international capacity for fundraising at those institutions, spoken to countless groups of education leaders on the role and purpose of philanthropy in education, and brings experience and international context to this conversation.


How inclusion fosters increased innovation and global impact.


Who, what and how much — pathways through the finance committees.


Critical information with statutory significance for HOIs.


Current issues in managing the University Estate.


Update on current legislative practices.


The briefing will include topics about:

  • Costing & Pricing
  • New Sponsor Terms and Conditions
  • Pitfalls to avoid
Leading Your Team Through Change Tue 2 Apr 2019   09:30 Finished


Change is a constant feature in today’s workplace and yet many of us find it hard to navigate successfully through change.

Studies show that the line manager has a critical role to play in ensuring staff are ready for change and in successfully implementing it. These sessions will equip you with the skills and attitudes you need to guide, support and motivate your team through the process of change.

Case studies, discussion and activities will provide the opportunity to share ideas and embed skills.


Change is a constant feature in today’s workplace and this level of change certainly won’t go away and may indeed become more intense.

Studies show that the line manager has a critical role to play in ensuring staff are ready for change and in successfully implementing it. It can therefore be helpful to reflect on how we personally approach and manage change and how we can lead and support our teams through change.

This online course will give you some practical steps to help you lead your team through change whilst maintaining your own wellbeing.

Level 3 Award (ILM) in Leadership and Management charged Thu 25 Apr 2019   09:30 Finished


Please note that bookings cannot be placed for the ILM. A new Inclusive Leadership Programme is starting in Michaelmas and will cover the same key areas as the ILM, including leadership styles, effective communication and effective problem solving. These will be framed within the context of making fair and consistent management decisions. Please go to https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/cppd/event/2989819 to book your place, and note that additional dates will be released shortly.

This programme offers an introduction to 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.

The course is primarily aimed at those who currently have management responsibilities for others (including managers, team leaders or supervisors) or equivalent responsibilities (e.g. for managing services, projects, resources). All participants must have the opportunity to meet the assessment requirements which are specified by the ILM – please see further details below.

Managing and Developing Effective Teams Fri 3 May 2019   09:15 Finished


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.


For many people having challenging conversations can be difficult and feel uncomfortable; however the ability to be able to talk about sensitive and emotive issues is an integral part of effective line management and can be critical to managing performance, promoting attendance and improving team dynamics.

This module will give you some practical steps to help you handle these conversations better and, where possible, get the right outcome for you, the individual and the University.

Managing Staff Performance Wed 15 May 2019   09:15 Finished


As a manager, it is your responsibility to get the best out of your staff so that your team functions at its full potential. This can be a daunting challenge: some individuals are easier to manage than others.

This course will pinpoint the skills you need to understand and manage staff performance and focus on the University policies which must underpin your approach.

Presentation, DVD and group discussion will be used to highlight key points and activities will give you an opportunity to practise in a safe and supportive environment.

MBTI: Understanding Personality Tue 12 Mar 2019   09:30 Finished


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.


Minute taking is not usually about writing a verbatim record of what is said but it is about understanding why minutes are required and recognising what is important to record.

This module is an introductory guide for anyone who is required to take minutes. It does not cover the additional skills required to take minutes at University committee meetings.

ourcambridge Ideas Development Workshop new Mon 4 Feb 2019   13:30 Finished


WE NEED YOU! Following the ourcambridge launch sessions these workshops give professional services staff the opportunity to become more involved in the programme by helping develop the ideas that have been submitted and influence the programme outcomes. For more information about the ourcambridge programme please click here.

Please email ourcambridge@admin.cam.ac.uk if you have any queries about the workshop.

Presentation Skills: An Introduction Tue 4 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished


If you dread giving presentations or simply want to hone your skills, this workshop gives you an opportunity to ‘step up to the podium,’ and receive constructive feedback and coaching to be a better public speaker. Whatever your specific speaking goal might be - delivering a presentation to colleagues, chairing or engaging in a meeting, giving a toast or tribute, or responding confidently in a Q&A period – the supportive environment of this workshop will help you play to your strengths, face your fears and give you tools to overcome them.

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

Presentation Skills: Online Self-taught Bookable


Do you dread speaking in public or giving presentations? Or are you looking to build on your current skills and experience to make your planning and delivery more effective? This module aims to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence in both formal and informal presentation situations e.g. meetings, training sessions and conferences.

This online module provides an opportunity to explore key areas in both preparation and delivery of presentations.

For additional guidance you can visit our Guide to successful online learning.

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