Staff Development: Spring term 2011-12

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Staff Development Unit (SDU) opportunities are open to all staff: associate tutors, research staff, etc.  These events are coming up in the Autumn Term.

*denotes essential for staff within first year of appointment

Handling Pressure: A Positive approach (6 x 2-hour lunchtime sessions) 23, 30 Jan, 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb. 12:00-14:00

(all six sessions must be attended) A creative approach to improving your resilience to stress through looking at your happiness level and how to increase it.

‘Welcome’ new staff induction session* 8 February, 09:15-12:30

(new staff will receive an invitation letter) An opportunity to meet other staff new to the University, to meet and talk with members of the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Group and to discover more about how the University works.

Recognising and improving performance: a manager’s guide 8 February, 10:00-16:30

(aimed at staff of Grade 7 and above) A workshop presented by the University’s employment lawyers, Pinsent Masons LLP. It outlines good practice in the area and gives an opportunity to practise the skills needed to manage staff performance effectively

Effective committee management: the role of the secretary 9 February 09.30-13.00

For all staff whose role includes committee secretary duties: learn how to compile and annotate an agenda, how to produce professional minutes – and how to manage your Chair!

Developing personal effectiveness (6 x ½ days) 21, 28 February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 09.30-12.30

(all six sessions must be attended) For all staff who are in not in a management role. A series of sessions that helps participants to build confidence, handle tricky situations at work and develop the interpersonal skills that underpin assertiveness

Getting the best from people: leadership and motivation* 22 February 09.30-16.30

For staff who have recently taken on a management role, or who would like a refresher on some management basics. Learn how to build a strong performance partnership with your staff that makes the most of, and develops their skills and abilities.

So you want to be a manager: developing managerial skills 29 February 09.15-16.45, 28 March 09.15-16.45, 2 May 09.15-16.45, 30 May 09.15-16.45, 4 July 09.15-16.00

(bookings by manager nomination) If you have ambitions to move from a support staff role to a managerial role then this intensive 5-part course may be the course for you. From interview skills to project management, you’ll learn and practice the tools needed for progressing into management

Meeting the equality challenge: a briefing session for non-managers* 1 March 10.00-12.30

Gain a deeper understanding of key equality and diversity concepts and your rights and responsibilities as individual staff.

The Equality Act 2010 – a practical guide for managers* 7 March 10.00-13.00

(New Course) Presented by the University’s employment lawyers, Pinsent Masons LLP, this workshop looks at the Equality Act and its practical impact on the implementation of University procedures and policies.

Fixed term contracts 7 March 13.30-16.30

(essential for managers who are responsible for staff employed on a fixed term contract) Presented by the University’s employment lawyers, Pinsent Masons LLP, this workshop will explore the employee’s and the University’s legal rights and responsibilities in fixed term contract employment, covering renewals and terminations, maternity rights and redundancy.

Getting the best from people: team building and performance management* 8 March 09.30-16.30

For staff who have recently taken on a management role, or who would like a refresher on some management basics. Helps you get the best from your team and achieve planned goals.

Disability awareness* 14 March 11.30-15.00

Designed to develop a greater understanding of the issues surrounding disability, and suggest some easy ways to improve practice when dealing with colleagues, students or others who have disabilities.

‘Welcome’ new staff induction session* 15 March 09.15-12.30

(new staff will receive an invitation letter) An opportunity to meet other staff new to the University, to meet and talk with members of the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Group and to discover more about how the University works.

Appraising your staff – for Professional Services staff appraisers* 21 March 09.30-13.00

Essential for all new managers who are to carry out appraisals.

Gaining the most benefit from your appraisal – for Professional Services staff appraisees* 21 March 14.00-16.30

For all staff who are to be appraised and who haven’t yet received training in this area.

Recruiting and selecting staff 22 March 10.00-16.30

(aimed at staff of Grade 7 and above) Presented by the University’s employment lawyers, Pinsent Masons LLP, this course gives an understanding of the legalities of recruitment and selection and an opportunity to practise the skills involved.

To reserve a place on the courses listed above:

Book online, through your Sussex Direct ‘personal’ page – click on ‘staff development’ from the drop down menu, then select ‘search for scheduled courses’ or ‘staff development course listings and booking facility’ or email sdu@sussex.ac.uk

You can find a full list of SDU courses, and details of content with aims for each course, on the SDU web pages.

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