Development workshops

Building inner resilience in uncertain times (SD1BIR)

In a supportive group atmosphere, you will be invited to identify and explore what triggers stress for you and to develop positive coping strategies. The main focus for the day will be learning to recognise and change negative moods and patterns of thinking that can make a big difference to how we cope with pressure and setbacks.

Using simple tools and techniques from cognitive-behavioural therapy and stress management training, you can develop your self-awareness and gain more control over your mood and energy levels.

This personal development course is open to all members of staff who are interested in finding out about these very beneficial ways of promoting psychological resilience. You will gain most if you come prepared to participate in exploratory exercises and group discussion.

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Leading and implementing change (SD1MAN)

Aimed at leaders and managers of staff during this transition period we are pleased to be able to offer a half-day session run by an external consultant whose specialist area is small and large-scale organisational change. David Skipsey also has experience of supporting change within the Higher education sector, as well as a wide range of other sectors. For more information on the work David has previously been involved with please visit

The sessions will be participative, and will explore the nature of change generally and then focus on specific changes facing leaders and managers. You will explore how to work with competing priorities, and how change and uncertainty affects individuals and teams differentially. You will also identify strategies and techniques for dealing with this successfully.

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Making change stick: planning for change (SD1MCS)

This course will be useful to you if you are either project managing a change initiative or leading an aspect of a change implementation. This course will also be useful if you are acting in an advisory capacity in respect of either of these. This course aims to help you to bring people along with you through a planned change, covering the five stage change management approach. You will be provided with tips, tools and methods for planning business change, all of which put people at the centre of the approach. You will identify the challenges that may arise during a project and ways to overcome them.

The format of the day will combine some individual and group activities so that you actually get to work on the change toolkit, find practical ways to manage change effectively and last but not least to have an interesting and fun day!

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Preparing for difficult conversations with staff (SD1PDC)

This one day programme will enable managers to hold difficult conversations with their staff with confidence, on issues such as: changes to role or structures; voluntary severance; early retirement; performance management and potential redundancy, in an appropriate and clear way that achieves constructive outcomes with their staff.

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Practical project management (SD1PRO)

This programme enables you to apply practical project management knowledge and skills so you can manage your projects effectively. It is aimed at staff responsible for managing projects in their work area. It provides an effective introduction to project management for those wishing to undertake the PRINCE2 foundation or practitioner courses in the future. The programme lasts two days so please ensure you are able to attend both dates before booking onto this course.

Pre-requisites: Delegates must ensure that they can attend both dates.

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The manager as coach (SD1MAC)

An essential skill for managers, this session covers the role of the coach, considers how you would use coaching skills for individuals and teams, and how to structure the coaching conversation.

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