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Yvonne McPartland, Deputy Head of the Staff Counselling Centre, will be leading a one hour live event to offer attendees the opportunity to understand how counselling can support personal resilience, especially in the current climate of fear and anxiety.

You will be have the opportunity to safely ask questions to Yvonne and other members of the Staff Counselling Centre team.

Details on how to join this session will be on your booking confirmation email.

Let’s Talk About Race new Wed 17 Oct 2018   12:30 Finished

During this event we will share what we know about the racial composition of the University and what staff and students have told us about their experiences.

We will present the institutional action plan to improve racial equality at Cambridge and will seek your feedback.

The Vice-Chancellor will also reflect on the University’s aspirations and the way forward towards a more inclusive University.

A light lunch will be provided from 12noon.

Let’s Talk About Well... Being In A Pandemic new Thu 25 Jun 2020   15:00 Finished

Remember when we used to live in precendented times? It seems like it was just yesteryear but it only feels that way because it was.

It has been a time for us to really remember the meaning of words and phrases, like how ‘just managing to stay afloat’ or ‘just keeping my head above the water’ are both overwhelmingly positive achievements (just consider what would happen if you didn’t!).

But living like this is exhausting in so many ways, so at this year’s Festival of Wellbeing, let’s think a bit about just being in this moment and being apart together.

Joining instructions will be provided on your booking confirmation email.

LGBT+ Staff Network Welcome Event new Wed 21 Oct 2020   17:30 Finished

Love and the Law – An insider’s look at the legal battle for marriage equality in Australia

Following a few short introductions from the LGBT+ Staff Network Committee, we’ll be joined by Matthew Psycharis who will be talking about his first-hand experience in the legal fight for marriage equality in Australia.

We will then have the opportunity to meet each other informally over ZOOM to discuss the talk amongst other topics of interest.

In many of the world’s liberal democracies, we may now take for granted the simple proposition that two consenting adults, regardless of sex or gender, may be lawfully married. The recognition of marriage equality speaks to a more fundamental principle – that our law ought not to discriminate between persons on the basis of gender, sex or sexuality. And yet, until only a few years ago, Australia had outlawed same-sex marriage (‘SSM’). In 2016-2017 this became a bitter battleground, which, after stasis in Parliament, ultimately culminated in a High Court constitutional challenge and a legally-mired national plebiscite.

Matthew was one of the lawyers who advised the SSM campaigners, and who ran the court case challenging the lawfulness of the government’s stance. His legal team was comprised entirely of volunteers and was arrayed against the full resources of the Australian Government. In this Chatham House talk, he will describe how a strategy of marriage equality didn’t just mean marriage equality at all costs – in the eyes of the campaigners, it had to be done the right way. With dignity. And that meant a constitutional showdown with a government committed to dragging the question of legal equality through an ugly public vote. It also meant dealing with opposition from within the legal profession. It’s a story of how, when pursuing change, means can be just as important as ends.

Biography of speaker – Matthew Psycharis:

Matthew is a lawyer, originally from Australia. Before coming to Cambridge, he worked as a litigation lawyer at a leading Australian law firm. He advised on a wide range of disputes and regulatory investigations. In a pro bono capacity, he led a series of legal teams in high-profile constitutional disputes, involving human rights, LGBT+ rights, as well as advising NGOs on issues concerning offshore refugee detention and the drafting of anti-discrimination legislation. Matthew worked as an Associate (judicial assistant) to a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. And, before coming to the law, trained as an economist, working at the Department of Treasury and Finance. Now, Matthew is a second-year PhD researcher at the Cambridge Faculty of Law, researching the use and abuse of referendums and popular votes. He is also a Director of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project.

Pronouns: he/him/his

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

LiL: Wellbeing - Desk Health (Online) Self-taught Booking not required

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

LiL: Wellbeing - Energy and Rest (Online) Self-taught Booking not required

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

LiL: Wellbeing - Mindfulness (Online) Self-taught Booking not required

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

A curated LinkedIn Learning course, provided by the University of Cambridge's subscription to LinkedIn Learning.

The course can be accessed here.

How we view ourselves and the world around us impacts our ability to dream and achieve.

This session thinks about how an entrepreneurial mind set can help you identify new opportunities, solve problems and make change in your working and personal life.

Our mental health is likely to be impacted in some way by the pandemic and lockdown conditions. Dr Olivia Remes, a researcher at the Institute of Public Health, will explore the nature of depression and anxiety and will suggest practical ways to cope during this challenging time.

Details on how to join this session will be on your booking confirmation email.

Managing Stress in Times of Uncertainty new Wed 11 Dec 2019   14:00 Finished

Stress and its partner anxiety are part of life for us all. In fact, without them, we would not achieve nearly as much as we do. However, too much stress can become problematic. In these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to prioritise our mental health, to recognise when we and others are struggling, and to find strategies to help us manage its impact. This talk will put stress and anxiety in context and offer ways in which to think about and manage their effect on us both physiologically and mentally.

Presenter: Ashley Meggitt MSc Ashley is an associate lecturer and research psychologist working at Anglia Ruskin University. He holds a master's degree in psychology and is studying for his PhD. He spent 25 years of his first career working within the Cambridge University and College environment and is well versed with many of the challenges this brings. He has also spent the last 5 years volunteering for a mental health charity.

In this interactive session, Jonathan Taylor, a Chartered Psychologist from Pearn Kandola https://pearnkandola.com/ will discuss how inclusion contributes to our self-esteem, well-being and our ability to perform at our best.

The session will explore how we can maintain our social well-being whilst physical distancing through inclusive practices and leadership with our colleagues.

Highly recommended for anyone who manages people, or with an interest in Leadership, Inclusion, or Well-being.

Joining instructions will be provided on your booking confirmation email.

Menopause Café - Clinical Schools new Thu 12 Dec 2019   10:30 CANCELLED

Menopause Cafés exist to increase awareness of the impact of the menopause on those experiencing it, their friends, colleagues, and families.

Anybody interested in sharing stories, experiences, and questions about menopause is welcome!

This interactive 30 minute session will be led by Dr Elizabeth English, the University’s Mindfulness Practitioner.

Elizabeth will start by exploring self-kindness through an understanding of human needs and the concept of inner relationship. Drawing on the work of clinical psychologist Marshall B. Rosenberg, and philosopher, Eugene Gendlin, she will include experiential reflections on the theme, and a guided mindfulness practice. The sessions will end with a brief opportunity for questions.

Further reading: Rosenberg, Marshall B. Nonviolent Communication: A language of Life, 2nd Ed (Encinitas CA, 2003). Focusing Gendlin, Eugene T., Focusing, 3rd edn (New York, 2007).

Murray Edwards College : Soap Carving new Wed 24 Jun 2020   15:00 Finished

Would you like to try some sculpture with materials you already have around the home?

Soap carving is ideal as it is an easy and cheap way to try your hand at some carving. In this very relaxed session, we will be using Barbara Hepworth as our inspiration to create some soap carvings.

No experience necessary – this is a light-hearted, fun session where you are encouraged to take some time out of your day to enjoy yourself.

All you need is:

  • Pencil and paper
  • A bar of cheap soap – or a few bars if you have them
  • Scrapers and peelers – you can use vegetable peelers, scissors, paperclips and any similar objects

Joining instructions will be provided on your booking confirmation email

New Global Mobility Policy and Guidance new Tue 7 Jul 2020   11:00 CANCELLED

This session is for staff in HR related roles and will:

  • Introduce the Global Mobility policy and associated guidance documentation.
  • Explore the key considerations when sending or recruiting someone to work overseas on an Assignment.
  • Discuss different types of overseas working and the processes applicable to each case.

Please note: The seminar will be very similar in content to the Global Mobility Seminar held in August 2019.

New Online Career Development Tool new Thu 5 Dec 2019   10:00 Finished

This is a chance to see a demonstration of the new Online Career Development Tool.

During its pilot phase, the new tool is available to participants on the Professional Services Career Development Programme https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/cppd/event/2998518

The CDP is designed to support career development and progression, and particularly welcomes women, BAME staff and other under-represented groups.

After evaluation of the pilot, it is intended that the tool will become available to other Professional Services staff.

New Recruitment Policy and Guidance new Tue 21 Apr 2020   11:00 CANCELLED

This session will introduce and promote the new Recruitment Policy, highlighting the key sections of the policy and how this can support Recruitment activity at the University.

The session will also explore the changes to the recruitment guidance, including a demonstration of the key functionality, a summary of the feedback received during testing and some of the new features that have been added.

There will be ample opportunity to ask any questions relating to the policy or guidance during the seminar.

Please note: The seminar will be very similar in content to the HR Forum sessions that will be taking place over Lent term.

OHS & UCS : WDYDTL? new Wed 25 Sep 2019   00:00 Finished

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Come along to this session if you’d like to develop some practical tools to becoming a white ally and build a strong antiracist identity.

Joining instructions will appear on your booking confirmation email.

Come along to this session if you’d like to develop some practical tools for becoming a white ally and build a strong antiracist identity. The training will be split into two 1h sessions. This will allow us to make space for discussion while not making the zoom meeting too long.

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YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS. Joining instructions will appear on your booking confirmation emails.

Come along to this session if you’d like to develop some practical tools for becoming a white ally and build a strong antiracist identity. The training will be split into two 1h sessions. This will allow us to make space for discussion while not making the zoom meeting too long.

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YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS. Joining instructions will appear on your booking confirmation emails.

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