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Professional Services Staff Development Bulletin, September 2016

9 September 2016

This is where you will find details of upcoming staff development courses, programmes, workshops and events that may be of interest, and that all contribute towards PositiveWorking@Bristol.

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Staff Development opportunities

University opportunities

Other opportunities

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Staff Development opportunities

Who will be your star?

Nominations for this year's Professional Services Excellence Awards  are open until 30th September 2016. The Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of staff within Professional Services (which includes administration, operational and technical support staff). Find out more about the new award categories and submit your nominations.

Leadership and Management Short Courses

Please find below dates for Leadership and Management development short courses for Professional Services staff. Before booking onto a course, please read through our terms and conditions. Go to our short courses website for more upcoming courses.

Successful Recruitment & Selection
Date: 8th November, 14th November
Time: 09.30-13.00 or 12.30-16.00 (please see Oncourse)
Recruitment and selection training is mandatory for all staff involved in any interview or selection process, and is a key element in any hiring manager’s “tool kit”. The Successful Recruitment and Selection training course will give you the necessary knowledge and confidence to run effective recruitment campaigns on behalf of the University, and greatly improve the likelihood of you recruiting the right person for your team.

Managing Successful Projects
Date: 5th October and 17th October (two day course)
Time: 09.30-16.30
This workshop is aimed at leaders and managers who want to gain an understanding of project tools and stages, and have a live project to apply the tools to. This course will assume some knowledge of the project life-cycle and will utilise the standard University project documentation templates. Please come prepared to discuss a project you are currently involved in.

Mentoring at Bristol - an introduction
Date: 6th October
Time: 13.30-16.30
This course is open to any member of staff who plans to become a mentor. According to David Clutterbuck, a global authority on mentoring, "A mentor is an individual who is willing to help someone less experienced gain confidence, clearer purpose, insight and wisdom". This short workshop is designed to give you an introduction to developmental mentoring at Bristol and equip you with some of the skills and techniques that will help you develop positive mentoring relationships.

More short course titles will be available to book from October onwards. Keep an eye on next month’s Staff Development bulletin for more details.

Bristol Senior Leaders 2016-17 programme now open for applications

Expressions of interest are now being taken for the Bristol Senior Leaders development programme for 2016-17. The programme is aimed at both professional services and academic staff at grades L & M in a variety of senior roles who wish to further develop their leadership capabilities. You can find full details about the programme content and the application process here. Completed applications must be received by Friday 30th September.

Professional Skills Development Workshops

Please find below dates for our professional skills development workshops for all Professional Services staff. Before booking onto a course, please read through our terms and conditions.

Women's Self Defence Level 2
Date: 27th September
Time: 10:30-12:00
Award-winning personal safety workshop designed to empower you in your pursuit to overcome a perceived harmful event, attack or threat to survival. Please visit the website to book your place. Level 2 includes an overview of Level 1, new ground manoeuvres and how to cope with physical attacks, with a focus on high-impact scenarios.

Mastering Minutes
Date: 29th September and 29th November
Time:13.00-16.00 or 09.00-12.00 (please see Oncourse)
This workshop will focus on the basics of effective minute taking, using guidance, templates and practice exercises to help you improve your minute taking skills. The aim of the workshop is to help participants to take and write better minutes of meetings.

Collaborative working
Date:25th October
Time:09.00-13.00
This workshop focuses on how we can manage relationships in a positive way by looking at collaborative thinking and action in relation to our communication skills, approaches to problem solving, and how we make decisions. We have couple of spaces left for this workshop date.


University opportunities

Audio Visual Training Workshops

The Learning Facilities Management team will be running a number of Audio Visual Training workshops over September. The workshops are designed for academic and support staff who use ‘teaching spaces’ here at the University. It is intended to enable users to become self-sufficient when using these areas and how to secure appropriate support when necessary. Each session will last approximately one hour, followed by an extra hour if people would like to stay to go over anything or ask questions.

Making IT work for you

IT services provide a range of learning opportunities to help you develop the IT skills that you need for doing your job, research or study.

University Talk

In conversation with Dr David Nicholls
18.15, 21st September, Priory Road Lecture Theatre 
A University of Bristol alumni and honorary graduate, author and screenwriter Dr David Nicholls returns to the city to talk about his work, alongside a selection of his own favourite films for the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

SETsquared Workshops

SETsquared Workshop: How to create and manage contracts?
14:00, 29th September 
Ed Boal, Digital Media & Technology Lawyer, will guide attendees through the magical mystical world of contracts – from how they are created through to how they managed and what happens when things go horribly wrong..

SETsquared Workshop: what is UX/UI and why is it important in your website or application
14:00, 6th October 
This workshop, led by Andy Fuller of Designbull, will help you understand the process involved and the importance of a good user interface design in your organisation.

SETsquared Workshop: enhance your competence as a line manager
14:00, 13th October 
This workshop, led by Alice Chapman of Practice, will reflect on the line manager’s role and give you concrete ideas for building your, and your organisation’s competence.

SETsquared Workshop: #Idea2Pitch Event
14:00, 19th October 
This event is for anyone thinking of setting up a technology business and would like to find out more about what support services SETsquared can offer.

SETsquared Workshop: How to develop effective networking skills
14:00, 25th October 
Join this workshop to learn tried and tested techniques on how to prepare for a networking event, how to make the most of it when you’re there, how to start and end conversations, and ensure you turn your new connections to long-term business relationships.


Other opportunities

Cycle to Work Day

It’s Cycle to Work Day 2016 on Wednesday 14th September. The one simple aim is to get more people on their saddles and spread the benefits of cycle commuting far and wide. Getting cycling will boost everything from your immune system to levels of creativity in the workplace!

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Quote of the month

“Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.” – John N. Mitchell