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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.

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.

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.


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
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.


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.

Staff Review and Development for Reviewers Wed 27 Mar 2019   09:15 Finished


The Staff Review and Development process provides the opportunity for supervisors, managers and academics to engage in constructive discussion with their staff or academic colleagues about current and future work and their personal and career development.

This course will focus on practical advice and development of a range of skills and techniques that may be used effectively when reviewing others. It will provide an opportunity for review practice, discussion with other reviewers and provide useful reminders of good practice.

Stress: A Manager's Responsibility Tue 11 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished


A short course covering a manager’s role in promoting a reduced stress environment in the workplace and evaluating stress risks for employees. It will also look at how to manage specific cases of stress using the Health and Safety Executive’s management standards.

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