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Professional Services Staff Development Bulletin, January 2017

11 January 2017

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

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

Personal Impact and Influence
Date: 14th February and 11th May
Time: 09.00-17.00

Collaborative Working (Managers)
Date: 15th February and 3rd May
Time: 09.30-16.30

Developing a Service Excellence Approach
Date:10th March and 7th June
Time: 09.30-16.30

Foundations of People Management
Date:11th April
Time: 09.30-16.30

Managing Team Performance (G-J)
Date:12th April
Time: 09.30-16.30

Presenting with Confidence
Date:8th May
Time: 09.00-17.00

Managing Team Performance (K-L)
Date:18th May
Time: 09.30-16.30

Coaching Skills for Managers
Date:28th June
Time: 09.30-16.30

Negotiation and Influencing Skills
Date:24th July
Time: 09.30-16.30

Other Leadership and Management short courses coming up in January and February:

Building Resilient Teams
Date:23rd January
Time: 09.30-16.30
This workshop is for managers who would like to understand how staff manage their pressures, to be more resilient to the challenges at work and to create a good working atmosphere for themselves and their team. This workshop is open to both Professional Services and Academic staff. 

Building inner resilience
Date:16th March
Time: 09.30-16.30
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

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

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.

Influencing Skills
Date:23rd February
In this interactive workshop we will explore how to tap into your potential to influence. We will consider the importance of social skills in effective influence, practise these skills to influence others to achieve an identified objective, and recognise when and how to accept the opinions, values and needs of others to achieve a win/win outcome

Be a better internal candidate for jobs
Date:8th March
The workshop will cover – assessing your skills and personal qualities, matching to job descriptions and person specifications, providing evidence of experience, writing your application, preparing for interview, and controlling interview nerves.

How to work with people whose behaviour you find 'difficult'
Date:23rd March
This workshop focuses on developing an understanding of the range of our own and other people’s behaviours, recognising how conflict arises, what triggers our reactions, and reviewing the choices we have in our response so that we can avoid conflict and work productively with others.

University opportunities

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is an experiential workshop, exploring basic mindfulness techniques to help create stillness in everyday life. In creating stillness we can respond to difficult situations with a wider perspective and clarity of mind. Breathing Space takes place in The Space, Centre for Sport, Exercise & Health, Tyndall Avenue, every third Wednesday of the month between 12.45pm-1.15pm.



SETsquared Workshops

Building your team
14:00, 25th January
The purpose of this session is to help those wanting to build their team. Regardless if you are looking to make your first hire or if you are expanding, this session should give you some guidance as well as practical tools to make sure that you can define what and who you are looking for, where and how you can find them and finally, how to ensure that you attract and secure the talent.

European & UK Innovation Grant Funding: How grant schemes work, and how to get some
14:00, 7th February
The workshop is aimed at managers and owners of new and established SME's who are engaged in innovative product development.

Engine Shed Event

Engine Shed Briefing: Scaling up Inclusively - Minding the Gap
16:00, 24th February
In partnership with the RSA, we are hosting the first of 2017s Engine Shed briefings on the convergence of the Scale Up and Inclusive Growth agendas. is now available to all staff and research postgraduates in the University for an initial one-year trial. is a leading online learning platform. It provides thousands of structured videos with a focus on IT, technical, creative, business, and education skills. To explore what is on offer go to

Other opportunities

Online article from MindTools

Managing Stress
Many of us experience stress in life, whether this is in the short term from one-off projects, or long-term stress from a high-pressure career. This article looks at what stress is, what increases your risk of experiencing it, and how you can manage it, so that it doesn't affect your well-being and productivity.

Free online courses from The Open University

Management: perspective and practice (Advanced level, 10 hrs)
This course introduces you to the role of the manager. In this OpenLearn course you’ll look at an array of activities including leadership, human resources, finance, project management, change management, operations management and stakeholder management.

The importance of interpersonal skills (Introductory level, 3 hrs)
This course will help you gain an awareness of your own skills and understand that an awareness of the interpersonal skills of others can help us enormously in dealing with the work tasks we are responsible for.

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"The secret of getting ahead is getting started" - Mark Twain