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Development and Alumni Relations - Staff Learning & Development course timetable

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April 2021

Wed 14
Development & Alumni Relations: Community at Cambridge (Joint Induction) new Finished 09:30 - 11:30 UIS Online Courses - instructor-led

The joint induction aims to provide a broad introduction and overview to all development and alumni relations staff, providing information about the ins and outs of Collegiate Cambridge, as it relates to our area of work. It is also an opportunity for you to network with other new members of staff across the collegiate community.

The session comprises:

  • A welcome and introduction from senior members of the University and Colleges
  • An overview of development and alumni relations functions, roles and responsibilities, with an opportunity to ask questions
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues across Collegiate Cambridge

Zoom joining details will be shared with registered participants a day before the session.

Tue 27

Anxiety and depression is high and we're looking for new ways to take back control of our lives. New ways to become resilient and bounce back. Whether you've been dealt a good or bad hand in life, now is the time to take charge and bounce back to get closer to the life you want. Dr Olivia Remes will be sharing tips on achieving wellbeing and becoming resilient, based on research. She will also provide tips to maintain work-life balance.

September 2021

Mon 13
Development & Alumni Relations: Better Work Life Balance new Finished 13:00 - 14:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

It’s no secret that work/life balance has been a struggle for millions of people over the last decade. However since lockdowns were introduced it’s become more acute for the majority. Demands have increased, time has been squeezed, stress has risen. Big parts of our life changed very quickly including how we work and maintain relationships with those we care about.

Understandably we need some time to adjust, to find a routine that allows us to focus, complete the important work and recover. We can’t give what we don’t have. We all need time to recharge effectively to help us feel good and perform well.

Join this one hour session to;

  • Learn the importance of fully disconnecting from work to reduce stress and recharge focus - science perspective
  • Understand how work bleeds into home life in hidden ways and steps we can take to prevent this
  • Create a simple mini routine to help you effectively switch off from work
  • Practice a mini mindfulness technique to help manage negative thoughts and get perspective

The session is followed by a three day Nudge Course.

For 48 hours following the session you will have the opportunity to contact Joy, a mental health nurse with over 40 years experience. Joy's role is to 'listen' and signpost onto a recognised next step. Contact details will be provided on the day.

Enhance focus, reduce stress and strengthen resilience. All techniques proven by science.

Wed 15
Development & Alumni Relations: Community at Cambridge (Joint Induction) new Finished 09:30 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

The joint induction aims to provide a broad introduction and overview to all development and alumni relations staff, providing information about the ins and outs of Collegiate Cambridge, as it relates to our area of work. It is also an opportunity for you to network with other new members of staff across the collegiate community.

The session comprises:

  • A welcome and introduction from senior members of the University and Colleges
  • An overview of development and alumni relations functions, roles and responsibilities, with an opportunity to ask questions
  • An opportunity to network with colleagues across Collegiate Cambridge

Zoom joining details will be shared with registered participants a day before the session.

Tue 28
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft Outlook new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Whether we like it or not, email is one of the main ways we communicate in our day-to-day work. However, you may not be using Outlook to its full potential as it has a number of underutilised tools.

Although we know there are probably easier ways to use Outlook, we often don't have the time or energy to sift through and find the hints and tips ourselves. This 90-minute workshop will guide you through some of the more hidden features to increase productivity.

We will cover:

  • Top ten diary management tips
  • Decluttering your inbox to prevent email overload
  • Finding a needle in a haystack
  • Email etiquette dos and don’ts
  • Customising and getting the most out of Outlook
  • Hidden features to improve your efficiency and increase productivity

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

October 2021

Tue 12
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft Word new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Microsoft Word is a widely used and powerful word-processing package. The primary objective of this workshop is to broaden your knowledge of Word and to benefit from its overlooked and underused features in order to increase your productivity.

This 90-minute workshop will guide you through the topics and pick up lots of time-saving tips along the way.

We will be cover:

  • Maintaining consistency using Styles
  • Save time by applying Styles to text
  • Modify a Style for the current document
  • Protect your document by setting formatting and editing restrictions
  • Working with long documents
  • Specify different page layouts by inserting Section Breaks
  • Refer to text such as headings and numbered lists using cross-references
  • Create an index, listing keywords along with the page numbers
  • Add visual interest using pictures, charts and SmartArt
  • Create a list of cross-references to pictures, charts and SmartArt

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

Wed 13
Development & Alumni Relations: Managing a Hybrid Team new Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

As we move into a hybrid way of working many of our working routines will change in some way. Some of these changes will make our working lives easier, some may make them harder and this will be the case for us personally and also for members of your teams.

What won’t have changed for many of us is the workload and the need to deliver high quality work, on time. As managers, part of our role will entail helping our team members navigate new and amended work practices. The recipe to do this will be slightly different from team to team, however, there will be some universal methods which help most hybrid teams and some common mistakes to avoid.

This session focuses on getting the basics right and empowering our teams with a firm foundation to build on over the coming months and years ahead.

This one hour session will include;

  • Understanding the most influential factors to support hybrid team working
  • Acknowledging the pain points for your team
  • Optimising communication to strengthen psychological safety and effectiveness
  • Planning improvements using a selection of 8 Minimum Effective Dose techniques for hybrid teams
Tue 26
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft PowerPoint new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

A lively, fast-paced mix of demonstrations - learn how to create professional PowerPoint slides that will keep your audience engaged through the length of your talk - and pick up lots of time-saving tips along the way.

We will cover:

  • Adding visual interest to reach your audience
  • Understanding and working with SmartArt
  • Setting up and reformatting an organisation chart
  • Converting existing presentations to create high impact slide shows
  • Preventing 'death by PowerPoint'
  • Create a "flow" that will hold your audience's attention
  • Adding animation effects and timing to slides
  • Tailor your presentation to different audiences, using custom slide shows
  • Branching to specific slides in a slide show
  • Importing an outline document into PowerPoint
  • Saving a presentation so that other people can watch the presentation on most computers

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

November 2021

Tue 9
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft Excel new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Microsoft Excel is great for storing and organising your data, but it can be time-consuming and frustrating to find the information you need.

This workshop will show you how to use Excel's powerful tools to quickly retrieve, view and summarise information in numerous ways.

We will cover:

  • Ensuring accurate data entry with data validation
  • Time-saving filters
  • Visually explore and analyse data using conditional formatting
  • Create interactive filters in PivotTables
  • Present your information as a chart
  • Dos and don'ts when working with data
  • Time-saving tricks and shortcuts

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

Mon 15
Development & Alumni Relations: Association for Project Management - Project Fundamentals Qualification new (1 of 5) Finished 09:00 - 12:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

The syllabus covers the key elements of the project management life cycle including; planning and scheduling, communication, stakeholders, reporting and risk management. This is suitable for those who are relatively new to project management or those who require insight into project management processes and techniques. This foundational course will provides a base line understanding onto which participants can build with more advanced courses.

The fourth day will conclude with a one hour multiple choice exam which will lead to a certificate from the Association for Project Management.

Tue 16
Development & Alumni Relations: Association for Project Management - Project Fundamentals Qualification new (2 of 5) Finished 09:00 - 12:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

The syllabus covers the key elements of the project management life cycle including; planning and scheduling, communication, stakeholders, reporting and risk management. This is suitable for those who are relatively new to project management or those who require insight into project management processes and techniques. This foundational course will provides a base line understanding onto which participants can build with more advanced courses.

The fourth day will conclude with a one hour multiple choice exam which will lead to a certificate from the Association for Project Management.

Wed 17
Development & Alumni Relations: Association for Project Management - Project Fundamentals Qualification new (3 of 5) Finished 09:00 - 12:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

The syllabus covers the key elements of the project management life cycle including; planning and scheduling, communication, stakeholders, reporting and risk management. This is suitable for those who are relatively new to project management or those who require insight into project management processes and techniques. This foundational course will provides a base line understanding onto which participants can build with more advanced courses.

The fourth day will conclude with a one hour multiple choice exam which will lead to a certificate from the Association for Project Management.

Thu 18
Development & Alumni Relations: Association for Project Management - Project Fundamentals Qualification new (4 of 5) Finished 09:00 - 12:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

The syllabus covers the key elements of the project management life cycle including; planning and scheduling, communication, stakeholders, reporting and risk management. This is suitable for those who are relatively new to project management or those who require insight into project management processes and techniques. This foundational course will provides a base line understanding onto which participants can build with more advanced courses.

The fourth day will conclude with a one hour multiple choice exam which will lead to a certificate from the Association for Project Management.

Development & Alumni Relations: Association for Project Management - Project Fundamentals Qualification new (5 of 5) Finished 13:45 - 15:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

The syllabus covers the key elements of the project management life cycle including; planning and scheduling, communication, stakeholders, reporting and risk management. This is suitable for those who are relatively new to project management or those who require insight into project management processes and techniques. This foundational course will provides a base line understanding onto which participants can build with more advanced courses.

The fourth day will conclude with a one hour multiple choice exam which will lead to a certificate from the Association for Project Management.

Tue 23
Development & Alumni Relations: Mastering Microsoft Excel (Further use) new Finished 10:00 - 11:30 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Microsoft Excel has lots of underutilised features that can help to save time and improve productivity. The primary objective of this workshop is to show you how to use these features and to demonstrate their effectiveness, challenging you to do things differently.

We will cover:

  • Working with Formulas and Functions
  • Save time and apply Formulas and Functions to your everyday tasks
  • Search for a value in one place and insert it in another using lookup functions
  • Avoid the 'pitfalls' of relative cell references
  • Test certain conditions and return one of two entries
  • Work with named cells to work faster and smarter with your formulas
  • Managing large workbooks
  • Trace and audit formulas in a worksheet
  • Create a simple dashboard
  • Produce summary reports from different worksheets
  • Merge data from multiple users by linking workbooks

The course includes access to a month's free support on any of the topics covered.

December 2021

Thu 2
Communicate with Impact new [Full] 09:00 - 12:00 Development and Alumni Relations: Virtual

Looking to improve your communication skills for influence and impact? Want to know how to persuade when you are not in a power position?

This workshop will give you simple techniques that will build your confidence to communicate effectively and influence colleagues and stakeholders.

This three hour interactive workshop will cover;

  • Self-talk and personal power
  • How to take a collaborative approaches to persuasion
  • Framing your message when challenging a decision or expressing concerns
  • Recognising and adapting to different styles