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Administrator Development Programme Mon 4 Nov 2019   09:30 Not bookable


This development programme for generalist and specialist administrators draws on the expertise of senior figures in the University and provides up to date information on the various strands and issues of University strategy and governance. It includes development of some key skills and a project activity, and offers a valuable opportunity to network with administrators from the UAS and other departments and institutions.

Selection for this programme is via nomination by School Secretaries, Heads of Division or Heads of Non-School Institutions during the summer. Nominees will need to demonstrate the benefit of participating, both for themselves and their institution. Please speak to your line manager and/or appropriate nominator if you would like to be considered.

Please see further information about key themes and speakers on the programme flyer.

Apprenticeship Engagement Event Tue 15 Oct 2019   10:00 Finished

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

  • HR Level 3
  • HR Level 5
  • Learning Mentor Level 3
  • Various Construction and Engineering Apprenticeships
  • Digital

There will be a presentation from the apprenticeship training providers selected to deliver these programmes - West Suffolk College, Cambridge Regional College and Firebrand.

The event will involve short presentations lasting around 1 hour and 10minutes. The remainder of the event will be an opportunity to raise any questions with the training providers.

Apprenticeship Network Meeting Wed 13 Nov 2019   12:00 Finished

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

Assertiveness in Action new Wed 24 Jun 2020   09:15 [Full]


Do you find yourself saying ‘Yes’ when you really mean to say ‘No’? Or do you get the impression people think you’re rather too direct? This course will teach you to avoid both extremes and to build constructive working relationships through assertiveness – a form of behaviour that demonstrates your self-respect and your respect for others.

Communicating Assertively: Online Self-taught Bookable


At work and at home, it’s all too easy to speak and act without thinking – and then regret it afterwards. Acting on instinct can lead us to behave aggressively or passively. Both of these are generally unhelpful for our own reputation and for our relationships with others.

Communicating Assertively will show you how to avoid both extremes and instead to use assertive behaviour to build constructive and respectful working relationships.

This online module will help you understand the assertive mindset and highlight what assertiveness looks and sounds like.

View a short trailer for the online module.

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

If you would prefer to complete the blended programme, which provides an opportunity to put your assertive skills into practice in a face to face workshop, as well as completing the online module, please visit the booking page for the blended programme.

Communication Essentials: Online Self-taught Bookable


"It all boils down to communication", how many times have we heard that phrase? This interactive online module is packed full of useful tips and practical examples to help you get your point across more clearly, ask the right questions and listen better to what others have to say.

The module introduces you to the key concepts of communication skills through a variety of media, offering those new to this topic a solid grounding in the essentials, as well as a great refresher for more experienced communicators.

If you’re short of time and just need the basics, or you want to explore things in a bit more detail, the versatile structure of this module offers you the flexibility to learn in the way that best fits with your schedule.

View a short trailer for the module.


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.

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Tue 10 Dec 2019 09:15 [Full]


Increase your confidence and skills in one-to-one communication with this highly participative course. Effective communication starts in your head and it isn’t just about the words you say. Your tone of voice, facial expression and body language all communicate a message. This course will help you get your message across more clearly. You will also have the opportunity to practise communication skills on a one-to-one basis.

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Wed 3 Jun 2020 09:15 [Full]
Conflict Resolution Thu 6 Feb 2020   09:30   [More dates...] [Full]


Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a conflict wondering how you got into it and how to get out? This course sets out to identify and examine the causes of conflict and to offer a range of practical techniques for resolving disputes. Skilled negotiation is often crucial and this course introduces a proven approach that is used widely by professional mediators and negotiators. You will have the opportunity to explore and practice key ideas using presentation, self assessment, role play and discussion in a friendly and informal group setting.

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Fri 15 May 2020 09:30 [Full]
Data Protection and FOI: An Introduction Tue 12 May 2020   09:30 [Full]


The rights and responsibilities outlined in data protection and freedom of information legislation impact upon the University’s academic and administrative work. This course explores the key concepts in data protection law and illustrates how the ‘data protection principles’ affect various day-to-day working scenarios. It introduces the fundamental aspects of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and details the ways in which the University handles responses to individual requests. Finally, it outlines various records management and information security measures that can aid compliance with the legislation and lead to a more efficient working environment.

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