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Professional Services Staff Development Bulletin, October 2016

6 October 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

Professional Services Excellence Awards

Nominations for this year's Professional Services Excellence Awards  are now closed. The shortlisting will begin in November. The Staff Development team would like to thank all those who put forward a nomination.

Aurora 2016-17

We are now accepting applications for the Aurora programme for 2016/17. This is a women-only leadership programme run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. It aims to enable more women to develop the leadership side of their careers and so address the under-representation of women at senior levels in the sector. Please see our website for further details.

Leadership and Management Short Courses-new dates open for booking!

New dates are now available to book on the below Leadership and Management short courses taking place from November to March. Click on the course title for more details, and to book:

 Foundations of People Management -9th November and 17th January

 Coaching Skills for Managers -16th November and 1st March

 Presenting with Confidence -21st November and 8th February

 Collaborative Working (Managers) -28th November and 15th February

 Personal Impact and Influence -29th November and 14th February

 Developing a Service Excellence Approach -5th December and 10th March

 Negotiation and Influencing Skills -13th December and 27th February

 Handling Difficult Conversations -19th December

 Managing Team Performance (G-J) -18th January

 Managing Team Performance (K-L) -13th March

Before booking onto a course, please read through our terms and conditions. Go to our short courses website for more upcoming courses.

New Managers' Networking Event

Our next New Managers' Networking Event will take place on the 18th November from 12:00-13:30. This networking event has been set up for new and new-to-role managers to meet other new managers across the University and give them an opportunity to discuss how their roles are progressing and swap ideas and experiences. The event will be opened by the Registrar after which you will have time to network.

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 1
Date: 10th November
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. The workshop will teach you ground manoeuvres and how to cope with physical attacks, with a focus on high-impact scenarios.

University opportunities

Part-time and short courses in English Literature

The Department of English are offering a number of part-time and short courses in English literature. These courses take place during the week, in the evenings and at weekends, in Bristol and in Bath ensuring that the work is accessible to a wide range of people. Students range in age from 19-88 and would benefit staff who would like to develop their writing, argumentation and analytical skills.

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.

Public Events

Autumn Art Lecture: Visualising Anicent Greek Drama. Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
18:15, 8th November 
Let the vase painters of ancient Greece take you behind the scenes of theatre from over two thousand years ago. The vases discussed capture enticing traces of the performance tradition which gave birth to Western theatre. But all is not as it seems, as these paintings challenge their viewers to reflect on what theatre is. Free to attend, but booking required via the online form. Contact for other queries,

University Showcase. Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events, in association with the Festival of Ideas
10:00-17:00, 12th November, various locations across Bristol 
The University is holding a showcase on Saturday 12 November 2016 as part of the Bristol800 celebration. Bristol800 is a partnership programme that is developing, delivering and promoting activities in 2016 that celebrate significant Bristol anniversaries along with other commemorative and special events that raise awareness and encourage debate about different aspects of the city. Free to attend, but booking is required for most of the events. Contact for other enquires,

SETsquared Workshops

SETsquared Workshop: #Idea2Pitch Event
14:00, 19th October 
This event is for anyone that is 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

Free online courses from FutureLearn:

 Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager
(open from 10th October for 4 weeks) 

 Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals
(open from 10th October for 6 weeks)  

 How to Succeed at: Interviews
(open from 14th November for 3 weeks)  

 Management and Leadership: Leading a Team
(open from 21st November for 4 weeks)  

Quote of the month

"Leadership is an action, not a position"-Donald McGannon