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February 2024

Wed 28

Have you ever struggled with other students' or colleagues' styles of working? Have you wondered why some people seem to be more direct than others, some don’t seem to be interested in socialising, or perhaps others are more relaxed about deadlines? Culture, and not only the national aspect of it, plays a significant role in how we learn to communicate and collaborate. Adjusting to cultural communication norms is more about shared values and expectations than speaking the same language. It requires a specific set of awareness, attitudes, and skills.

Join our workshop to:

  • Discuss cultural preferences for working.
  • Develop self-awareness of your working preferences.
  • Learn strategies for developing the right skills that will help you develop cultural intelligence.

This is not a webinar. This is an interactive workshop and you will be expected to contribute to the session.

To participate you must have your webcam switched on.

CLIC: Introduction to British Sign Language new (13 of 15) In progress 16:00 - 18:00 Department of Engineering, CLIC 2

This course is designed for learners who have very limited or no previous knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL). The course aims to enable individuals to understand and use BSL effectively for purposes of practical communication with deaf or hard of hearing people, to develop understanding of the BSL sentence syntax and to learn more about a Deaf Culture.

Please note this course is not credit-bearing and so cannot be used as part of a Tripos.

March 2024

Fri 1
CLIC: Writing for Engineers: Writing for blogs new [Places] 15:30 - 17:30 CLIC online teaching

A visiting expert will share tips and strategies on writing effective blogs and English for social media.

Tue 5
CLIC: Speaking skills: Pronunciation Skills (7 of 7) In progress 10:30 - 11:30 Department of Engineering, CLIC 1

This course, which is for non-native speakers, will cover important aspects of English pronunciation for effective academic, professional and social interaction. We will meet together as a group for approximately one hour a week and will schedule individual supervisions for personalised input to accompany the course's group input.

  • NB. Please read the Attendance section below before signing up for this course.
Wed 6
CLIC: Introduction to British Sign Language new (14 of 15) In progress 16:00 - 18:00 Department of Engineering, CLIC 2

This course is designed for learners who have very limited or no previous knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL). The course aims to enable individuals to understand and use BSL effectively for purposes of practical communication with deaf or hard of hearing people, to develop understanding of the BSL sentence syntax and to learn more about a Deaf Culture.

Please note this course is not credit-bearing and so cannot be used as part of a Tripos.

Wed 13
CLIC: Introduction to British Sign Language new (15 of 15) In progress 16:00 - 18:00 Department of Engineering, CLIC 2

This course is designed for learners who have very limited or no previous knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL). The course aims to enable individuals to understand and use BSL effectively for purposes of practical communication with deaf or hard of hearing people, to develop understanding of the BSL sentence syntax and to learn more about a Deaf Culture.

Please note this course is not credit-bearing and so cannot be used as part of a Tripos.

April 2024

Tue 2
EDI series on Disability in Higher Education: Toward a Better Understanding of Sensory and Learning Impairments new Not bookable 10:00 - 11:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

This EDI series supports the University’s EDI strategy concerned with promoting disability awareness and supportive and humanised workplace. The series encourages thinking differently about disabled colleagues or students, to get ‘a feel for the situation’ from their perspective, and to become inspired to help them achieve their professional goals. This series is being delivered by Dr Zrinka Mendas.

Other workshops in this series are:

  1. Toward a Better Understanding of Sensory and Learning Impairments (April)
  2. Empathy and Disability: Friends or Foes? (May)
  3. Embracing Neurodiversity: Strength or Weakness? (June)
  4. Sign language as a Useful Communication Tool (July)
  5. Advancing Teaching and Learning Practices for disabled staff and students (August)

This is an interactive workshop and you will be expected to contribute to the session.

May 2024

Wed 1
CLIC: Inter-Communication: Everybody speaks English, right? new [Places] 12:00 - 14:00 CLIC online teaching

In today's globalised world, effective communication in English transcends the boundaries of native and non-native speakers. It's a shared journey, and English-speaking individuals—whether native or proficient—have a pivotal role to play in fostering inclusivity.

Join our workshop to:

  • Engage in an experiment highlighting the challenges of using English as a universal language of communication.
  • Dive into the concept of accent bias.
  • Develop a heightened cultural awareness of the subtle nuances between direct and indirect communication styles, and gain valuable tips and techniques to excel in international settings.

This is not a webinar. This is an interactive workshop and you will be expected to contribute to the session.

To participate you must have your webcam switched on.

Tue 7
EDI series on Disability in Higher Education: Empathy and Disability: Friends or Foes? new Not bookable 10:00 - 11:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

This EDI series supports the University’s EDI strategy concerned with promoting disability awareness and supportive and humanised workplace. The series encourages thinking differently about disabled colleagues or students, to get ‘a feel for the situation’ from their perspective, and to become inspired to help them achieve their professional goals. This series is being delivered by Dr Zrinka Mendas.

Other workshops in this series are:

  1. Toward a Better Understanding of Sensory and Learning Impairments (April)
  2. Empathy and Disability: Friends or Foes? (May)
  3. Embracing Neurodiversity: Strength or Weakness? (June)
  4. Sign language as a Useful Communication Tool (July)
  5. Advancing Teaching and Learning Practices for disabled staff and students (August)

This is an interactive workshop and you will be expected to contribute to the session.

Wed 8
CLIC: Inter-Communication: First impression counts new [Places] 12:00 - 14:00 CLIC online teaching

Did you know that long before we developed languages, humans relied exclusively on non-verbal signals to understand each other? Even today, our unconscious brains are finely tuned to these cues, shaping our first impressions within seconds. Whether you're presenting, interviewing for a job, or working in a team, becoming aware of how you come across can be the key to success.

Join our workshop to:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals of non-verbal communication.
  • Explore how non-verbal cues vary across cultures and discuss different preferences.
  • Discover the art of using body language to project confidence, build rapport, and increase your presence-both in physical and virtual interactions.

This is not a webinar. This is an interactive workshop and you will be expected to contribute to the session.

To participate you must have your webcam switched on.

June 2024

Tue 4
EDI series on Disability in Higher Education: Embracing Neurodiversity: Strength or Weakness? new Not bookable 10:00 - 11:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

This EDI series supports the University’s EDI strategy concerned with promoting disability awareness and supportive and humanised workplace. The series encourages thinking differently about disabled colleagues or students, to get ‘a feel for the situation’ from their perspective, and to become inspired to help them achieve their professional goals. This series is being delivered by Dr Zrinka Mendas.

Other workshops in this series are:

  1. Toward a Better Understanding of Sensory and Learning Impairments (April)
  2. Empathy and Disability: Friends or Foes? (May)
  3. Embracing Neurodiversity: Strength or Weakness? (June)
  4. Sign language as a Useful Communication Tool (July)
  5. Advancing Teaching and Learning Practices for disabled staff and students (August)

This is an interactive workshop and you will be expected to contribute to the session.

July 2024

Tue 2
EDI series on Disability in Higher Education: Sign language as a Useful Communication Tool new Not bookable 10:00 - 11:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Teaching Room

This EDI series supports the University’s EDI strategy concerned with promoting disability awareness and supportive and humanised workplace. The series encourages thinking differently about disabled colleagues or students, to get ‘a feel for the situation’ from their perspective, and to become inspired to help them achieve their professional goals. This series is being delivered by Dr Zrinka Mendas.

Other workshops in this series are:

  1. Toward a Better Understanding of Sensory and Learning Impairments (April)
  2. Empathy and Disability: Friends or Foes? (May)
  3. Embracing Neurodiversity: Strength or Weakness? (June)
  4. Sign language as a Useful Communication Tool (July)
  5. Advancing Teaching and Learning Practices for disabled staff and students (August)

This is an interactive workshop and you will be expected to contribute to the session.

August 2024

Tue 6

This EDI series supports the University’s EDI strategy concerned with promoting disability awareness and supportive and humanised workplace. The series encourages thinking differently about disabled colleagues or students, to get ‘a feel for the situation’ from their perspective, and to become inspired to help them achieve their professional goals. This series is being delivered by Dr Zrinka Mendas.

Other workshops in this series are:

  1. Toward a Better Understanding of Sensory and Learning Impairments (April)
  2. Empathy and Disability: Friends or Foes? (May)
  3. Embracing Neurodiversity: Strength or Weakness? (June)
  4. Sign language as a Useful Communication Tool (July)
  5. Advancing Teaching and Learning Practices for disabled staff and students (August)

This is an interactive workshop and you will be expected to contribute to the session.