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PPD Other Events 2012-13

Programme of events provided by PPD Personal and Professional Development
(Fri 19 Oct 2012 - Wed 17 Jul 2013)

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Tue 11 Dec 2012 – Wed 17 Jul 2013

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December 2012

Tue 11
University Christmas Carols Finished 15:00 - 16:30 Great St. Mary's Church


All are welcome to the University's annual carol service.

January 2013

Tue 22
New Perspectives for Women on Confident Ways of Working (Academic Related and Assistant Staff) Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Arts School, Room C (No longer in use)


Have you experienced knocking knees, a dry throat or churning stomach before an important meeting? What do your thoughts have to do with your success? Can you really control the internal butterflies?

Research is providing us with increasing evidence that our thoughts affect our feelings, behaviour and our achievements. The concept of confidence is often misunderstood; usually it’s only when we don’t have it that confidence comes to our attention. This workshop will encourage you to explore what creates confidence, the beliefs and behaviours that support and detract from your confidence and how to find that essential boost when you need it most.

February 2013

Wed 6
New Perspectives for Women on Gaining Recognition at Work Finished 12:00 - 14:00 University Centre, Cormack Room


This confidence-boosting workshop offers practical tips on how to overcome modesty and claim ownership for successes that are rightfully yours in a natural and authentic manner. This workshop also offers techniques to increase your professional visibility.

Thu 7
New Perspectives for Women on Gaining Recognition at Work Finished 12:00 - 14:00 CIMR, Sackler Lecture Theatre


This confidence-boosting workshop offers practical tips on how to overcome modesty and claim ownership for successes that are rightfully yours in a natural and authentic manner. This workshop also offers techniques to increase your professional visibility.

Tue 19
Counselling Service: Mindfulness Workshop (1 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre, Merton Hall Farmhouse


Mindfulness helps us become conscious of the intricacies of all that is happening both within us (physical sensations, thoughts, emotions etc.) and outside of us (smell, sound, sight etc.) in any given moment. It is a way of being with our self and the world, which brings us into direct contact with our present moment experiencing. Research has shown that it can have a positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

An individual discipline of specific mindful practices need to be established to develop a more mindful way of being. This includes mindful meditation, mindful movement and mindful attending to the body.

This linked pair of workshops will help you to start and develop these practices. Focus will mostly be on the doing but there will also be opportunity to explore some of the concepts of mindfulness.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring something to lie on.


Have you experienced knocking knees, a dry throat or churning stomach before an important meeting? What do your thoughts have to do with your success? Can you really control the internal butterflies?

Research is providing us with increasing evidence that our thoughts affect our feelings, behaviour and our achievements. The concept of confidence is often misunderstood; usually it’s only when we don’t have it that confidence comes to our attention. This workshop will encourage you to explore what creates confidence, the beliefs and behaviours that support and detract from your confidence and how to find that essential boost when you need it most.

Wed 20
New Perspectives for Women on Confident Ways of Working (Research Staff) Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Arts School, Room B (No longer in use)


Have you experienced knocking knees, a dry throat or churning stomach before an important meeting? What do your thoughts have to do with your success? Can you really control the internal butterflies?

Research is providing us with increasing evidence that our thoughts affect our feelings, behaviour and our achievements. The concept of confidence is often misunderstood; usually it’s only when we don’t have it that confidence comes to our attention. This workshop will encourage you to explore what creates confidence, the beliefs and behaviours that support and detract from your confidence and how to find that essential boost when you need it most.

March 2013

Mon 4
Immigration Lunch & Learn: The Resident Labour Market Test Finished 13:45 - 15:15 University Centre, Cormack Room


The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is a key area within the recruitment of Sponsored Workers (Tier 2). Getting it wrong can cause significant delays to the recruitment process and is frustrating both for the recruiter and the candidate selected for the role. Failure to meet the RLMT where required is a breach of our sponsor duties, which could lead to our licence being downgraded or removed.

This event aims to demystify the requirements of the RLMT so that we get it right first time and avoid unnecessary setbacks. The Lunch and Learn is a focused face to face session.

Tue 5
Counselling Service: Mindfulness Workshop (2 of 2) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre, Merton Hall Farmhouse


Mindfulness helps us become conscious of the intricacies of all that is happening both within us (physical sensations, thoughts, emotions etc.) and outside of us (smell, sound, sight etc.) in any given moment. It is a way of being with our self and the world, which brings us into direct contact with our present moment experiencing. Research has shown that it can have a positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

An individual discipline of specific mindful practices need to be established to develop a more mindful way of being. This includes mindful meditation, mindful movement and mindful attending to the body.

This linked pair of workshops will help you to start and develop these practices. Focus will mostly be on the doing but there will also be opportunity to explore some of the concepts of mindfulness.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring something to lie on.

Wed 13
New Perspectives for Women on Making Connections Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 5


This workshop will focus on helping you create a long term, sustainable and highly practical plan which will focus purely on your career success – as defined by you. Heather White has created a unique approach which will help you connect more easily with people inside and outside the University; it will also enable you to refine your activities and be more productive. The workshop will be fast paced, highly interactive and practical.

Thu 14
New Perspectives for Women on Making Connections Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Arts School, Room C (No longer in use)


This workshop will focus on helping you create a long term, sustainable and highly practical plan which will focus purely on your career success – as defined by you. Heather White has created a unique approach which will help you connect more easily with people inside and outside the University; it will also enable you to refine your activities and be more productive. The workshop will be fast paced, highly interactive and practical.

Tue 19
New Perspectives for Women on Furthering Your Career (Academic Related and Assistant Staff) Finished 11:00 - 13:00 Arts School, Room C (No longer in use)


One of the key characteristics of successful women is the willingness to take strategic risks. This workshop will help you understand which risks stretch your comfort zone, and help you build the credibility, reputation and confidence you want.

New Perspectives for Women on Furthering Your Career (Lecturers and Senior Lecturers) Finished 13:30 - 15:30 Arts School, Room C (No longer in use)


One of the key characteristics of successful women is the willingness to take strategic risks. This workshop will help you understand which risks stretch your comfort zone, and help you build the credibility, reputation and confidence you want.

Wed 20
New Perspectives for Women on Furthering Your Career (Research Staff) Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Clinical School, Seminar Room 5


One of the key characteristics of successful women is the willingness to take strategic risks. This workshop will help you understand which risks stretch your comfort zone, and help you build the credibility, reputation and confidence you want.

April 2013

Thu 18


The lecture is an opportunity to hear Dame Anne Begg discuss her view on the challenges to disabled people in 2013. Dame Anne Begg is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen South since 1997. She was the first full-time user of a wheelchair elected to the House of Commons. She made her maiden speech on 21 May 1997 and she is now Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.

There will be a drinks reception to follow the lecture.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and a BSL interpreter will be present.

May 2013

Tue 14
Senior Academic Promotions: Open Forum new Finished 12:30 - 13:30 The Pitt Building, Bentley Room
  • Hosted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, Professor Jeremy Sanders, this forum will address some of the common misconceptions surrounding the Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) procedure.
  • Anyone interested in participating in the Senior Academic Promotions may find this event helpful in planning an application.
Wed 15
Secondment Development Initiative Briefing Finished 11:30 - 12:30 University Centre, Meade Room


The Secondment Development Initiative is aimed at supporting administrators who are interested in undertaking an internal secondment to develop their skills, progress their careers or take on a new challenge. The Staff Development Initiative also aims to support departments wishing to offer secondment opportunities with an administrative focus.

The following will be covered at the briefing:

  • the benefits of secondments in supporting an individual’s career progression, specifically the potential to bridge identified gaps in skills, attributes and experience
  • the benefits for the University of using secondments as a ‘development’ opportunity
  • an overview of the Secondment Development Initiative, including the support that PPD will offer to departments offering secondments and to individuals in seeking out and applying for a secondment
  • signposting to related processes eg Staff Review and Development and Career Pathways
Wed 22
Senior Academic Promotions: Open Forum new Finished 16:00 - 17:00 The Pitt Building, Bentley Room
  • Hosted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, Professor Jeremy Sanders, this forum will address some of the common misconceptions surrounding the Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) procedure.
  • Anyone interested in participating in the Senior Academic Promotions may find this event helpful in planning an application.

June 2013

Wed 12
Secondment Development Initiative Briefing Finished 11:30 - 12:30 University Centre, Hicks Room


The Secondment Development Initiative is aimed at supporting administrators who are interested in undertaking an internal secondment to develop their skills, progress their careers or take on a new challenge. The Staff Development Initiative also aims to support departments wishing to offer secondment opportunities with an administrative focus.

The following will be covered at the briefing:

  • the benefits of secondments in supporting an individual’s career progression, specifically the potential to bridge identified gaps in skills, attributes and experience
  • the benefits for the University of using secondments as a ‘development’ opportunity
  • an overview of the Secondment Development Initiative, including the support that PPD will offer to departments offering secondments and to individuals in seeking out and applying for a secondment
  • signposting to related processes eg Staff Review and Development and Career Pathways
Mon 17
Athena SWAN Workshop Sharing Good Practice & Action Planning new Finished 14:00 - 16:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 6


This workshop will highlight examples of good practice for progressing gender equality from within the University and from other institutions. It will also look at how to create a SMART action plans for Athena SWAN related initiatives.

Mon 24
My Mentor and I: A Panel Discussion About Effective Career Support Relationships new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 St Catharine's College, Senior Combination Room
  • This session explores good practice in developing effective mentoring relationships. There wil be a panel, consisting of both Mentors and Mentees, who will share their experiences.
Tue 25
The E and D 'Surgery' CANCELLED 14:00 - 17:00 Disability Resource Centre, Bridget's Meeting Room


Do you have questions about how equality laws, right and protections affect your Department or team? Come along to the first of these informal sessions to discuss.

Please note: this session will not cover individual cases.

July 2013

Tue 9
Senior Academic Promotions: Open Forum new Finished 15:45 - 17:00 The Pitt Building, Bentley Room
  • Hosted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, Professor Jeremy Sanders, this session will provide an overview of the Senior Academic Promotions (SAP) procedure, including the main changes to the process introduced in the last two years, highlight the SAP CV Scheme and will address some of the common misconceptions surrounding SAP. The forum, aimed at Academic Staff interested in participating in the Senior Academic Promotions process, will also include the opportunity for questions and discussion and will be helpful for planning applications.
Wed 17
Secondment Development Initiative Briefing Finished 11:30 - 12:30 CCTL, Revans Room


The Secondment Development Initiative is aimed at supporting administrators who are interested in undertaking an internal secondment to develop their skills, progress their careers or take on a new challenge. The Staff Development Initiative also aims to support departments wishing to offer secondment opportunities with an administrative focus.

The following will be covered at the briefing:

  • the benefits of secondments in supporting an individual’s career progression, specifically the potential to bridge identified gaps in skills, attributes and experience
  • the benefits for the University of using secondments as a ‘development’ opportunity
  • an overview of the Secondment Development Initiative, including the support that PPD will offer to departments offering secondments and to individuals in seeking out and applying for a secondment
  • signposting to related processes eg Staff Review and Development and Career Pathways
Athena SWAN Data Surgery new Finished 14:00 - 16:00 Department of Physiology, Hodgkin Huxley Seminar Room

This session will focus on data collection, analysis and presentation for departments developing Athena SWAN submissions, with a Q&A session to address specific problems.