Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Staff Development

Personal and skills development

Personal and skills development is about creating opportunities to think through, in a structured way, questions such as:

There are detailed guidance notes on our Planning your development web page.

In the work place, the personal development process may be linked to your Performance & Development Review

 


We also offer a wide range of personal and skills development programmes such as:

Springboard Suite - Staff Development is fortunate to be able to offer staff personal development along with professional development. We have a number of staff who have become licensed to deliver the well renowned and internationally known springboard programmes. Springboard is an expert international training company with a proven track record in work and personal development training.

The outcomes from these programmes will vary depending on the individual, how much the individual wants to participate and personally get out of it.

So, listen to what previous participants have to say:

Adele Wilkinson, Enterprise Office,
talking about Fresh Steps.

Angela Newport, School of Sport
Exercise and Health Sciences,
talking about Springboard.

Leona Wilson, Human Resources,
talking about Springboard.

Peter Beaman, Department of Social
Sciences,
talking about Navigator.

Shelly Duckworth, Human Resources,
talking about Springboard and
Spring Forward.

Sue Savin, Staff Development,
talking about Fresh Steps and
Springboard Alumni.

Springboard

Springboard Consultancy logo‌Who Should Attend? The Springboard programme is designed specifically for non management women, but can be suitable for more senior women if they wish to take stock of their lives and take time out to consider their own goals and aspirations. View the online brochure.
 
Book on Springboard now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Springboard'.

Fresh Steps

‌   Who Should Attend? For members of staff who are open to reassessing where they are in their lives and work, ready to explore new possibilities and to set new goals. View the online brochure.

Book on Fresh Steps now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Fresh Steps'.

Other Personal and Skills Development courses for 2014-2015 are:

Assertiveness Skills

Who Should Attend? Any member of administrative staff looking for practical tips on how to be assertive. 
 
Assertiveness is about valuing ourselves, knowing our rights, and being able to speak up clearly and respectfully on our own behalf.
 
These two sessions will offer participants a chance to learn and practise some skills in situations where assertiveness is often difficult like saying No and maintaining a different point of view. Also to explore some of the beliefs and feelings that make it hard to put assertive behaviour into action.
 
We will also look at constructive ways of dealing with criticism and anger, as well as exploring some of the beliefs and feelings that make it hard for us to put assertive behaviour into action sometimes.
 
You may be interested in attending the Boost your Self Confidence workshop first.
 
Book on Assertiveness Skills now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Assertiveness Skills'.

Building your Confidence

Who Should Attend? Any member of staff who feels they would benefit from learning some practical and tangible confidence tips.

Lack of confidence can affect us in all sorts of ways, and often results in us doubting our opinions, needs and skills, and then either hold back and feeling frustrated, or act in a way that does not bring a satisfactory outcome.

This session will look at past and present causes of this, and suggest safe, practical and effective ways to restore confidence and self-esteem.

Participants will then be able to take these strategies into their everyday working and personal lives and use them to good effect.

This session could be a good foundation for the Assertiveness Skills course.

Building your Confidence or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Boost Your Self Confidence'.

Preparing for Retirement

Who Should Attend? This workshop is aimed at all University staff and their partners, regardless of their age, who want to learn more about planning for the future and their retirement.
 
You do not have to have decided when you are going to retire, in fact we would encourage you to come along long before you have decided. This is an opportunity for you to think about what changes you want to make to your career later in life and goals you want to achieve. As well as thinking about some of the implications of making these change.
 
This is an invitation to you and your partner to this one day event to think about your future and have an opportunity to start planning for it. Your partner does not have to work for the University, but they are welcome to come along with you, please just make sure you let us know when booking.
 
During the day we aim to cover the following questions:
 
- What is retirement? Is there such a thing these days? 
- When should I be thinking about retirement - is there a set time? 
- How do I know I am going to be financially secure in my retirement? 
- Are you really prepared for it? 
- What will you do all day when you don't have to spend all your time working? 
- How will your relationships adapt to the change? 
- Can you maintain an active mind and healthy body? 
 
These are some of the questions which this workshop will address. It is never too early to prepare for retirement. Don't leave it to the last minute!
 
For additional information please visit the website Preparing for retirement.
 
Book on Preparing for Retirement now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Preparing for Retirement'.

Local Government Pension Scheme Prudential AVCs

Who Should Attend? All members of the LGPS scheme.
 
New pension scheme rules are in place... time to review your plans
 
The new Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) rules came into effect on 1st April 2014, so now really is the ideal time to spend an hour with us to understand your options. Are you on track to retire when you want to?
 
Loughborough University has invited Andrew Booth, one of Prudential's Regional Workplace Consultants, to host seminars designed to help you think about your personal situation. We've been working together with Prudential since 31/03/1996.  The seminars are factual and informative and last around an hour. Andrew will give you useful information, but not advice.  The seminars are for everyone who would like to know more about their pensions, not just those who are approaching retirement.  
 
Book on Local Government Pension Scheme and Prudential AVC Scheme now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Local Government Pension Scheme and Prudential AVC Scheme'.

USS Scheme Prudential AVCs

Who Should Attend? All members of the USS scheme.
 
Will you have enough money to live on when you retire?  You may consider this a difficult question to confront, but it is not one you should ignore - the longer you leave it, the more money you could potentially be missing out on.
 
Loughborough University has invited Andrew Booth, one of Prudential's Retirement Education Consultants, to host seminars designed to help you think about your personal situation. We've been working together with Prudential since 1993. They can help you consider a tax-efficient savings vehicle which many Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)  members are currently taking advantage of.
 
The seminars are factual and informative and last around an hour. Andrew Booth will give you useful information, but not advice. The seminars are for everyone who would like to know more about their pensions, not just those who are approaching retirement.
 
Book on USS Pension Scheme and Prudential AVC Scheme now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'USS Pension Scheme and Prudential AVC Scheme'.

Successful Applications

Who Should Attend? For staff in a technicians role looking to apply for an internal post or a promotion and those who are attending an interview. 

This is a practical course which looks at how to make the most of your application, from application form through to interview. You will gain advice on how best to market yourself and how to sell yourself at interview. 
 
Book on Successful Applications now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Successful Applications'.

Art of Brilliance 1

Who Should Attend? For all staff who want inspiration to change the way they think about work / life and relationships and to create a positive climate around them, tangible ideas which will have an immediate and positive impact at work and at home. 
 
This workshop uses the latest concepts of Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence and Neuro Linguisitc Programming NLP to explore how you can be you brilliant. Life is full of choices. 
 
Experience tells us that most people don't realise the range of choices available or the massive positive influence they can have if they make the right choices about themselves and their attitude.
 
The key themes addressed during the day are:
 
- the whole you 
- comfort zones 
- attitudes and influence 
- positive psychology 
- emotional intelligence 
- leading change 
- new habits of thinking and behaving 
- the limbic lock 
- winning others over including the difficult ones 
- resonance and dissonance 
- challenging yourself.
 
Book on Art of Brilliance 1 now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Art of Brilliance 1'.

Art of Brilliance 2

Who Should Attend? All staff who have already attended the workshop entitled Art of Brilliance 1. 

This workshop aims to build on the excellent habits from "Art of Brilliance", reviewing progress to date and taking the messages one step further. The aim is to stop the slide back to mediocrity and instil permanent change.
 
This session provides an appropriate academic underpinning to the subject area, as well as a platform to discuss "live" issues within the delegates' business. The entire session is set against the backdrop of rapid organisational change and the need for new ways of thinking and behaving that will create world class teams. We re-visit the principle messages from "Art of Brilliance" before moving into more detail about comfort zones, thinking styles and tackling negativity. Being an occasional 2%'er is OK. Living there permanently is life-changing!
 
Key themes (some or all of)
- Revising the 5 "secrets" of positive psychology
- The "Super 6"
- The most important things in the world
- Advanced Limbic Locking (tackling the "Mood Hoovers")
- Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
- Introduction to EFT
- Nellie breaks free
- Time lines and happy buttons
- World class teams
- HUGGS
 
Book on Art of Brilliance 2 now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Art of Brilliance 2'.

The Mindfulness 8-week course: Increase Resilience and Effectiveness

Who Should Attend? All members of staff who are open to experience meditation.

Mindfulness is a 2,500 year old meditation practice that is increasingly relevant for today's fast pace of life. The 8-week Mindfulness Course is non-religious and designed to teach you ways of paying attention in the present moment to yourself, others and the world around you. The key part of this is learning simple meditation practices such as the Body-Scan Meditation, `Mindful' Movement and Sitting Meditation; one of which you are encouraged to perform daily between sessions. The course also aims to help you identify ways of working with and understanding your habitual ways of thinking and to develop strategies for more effective interpersonal communication.
 
Research shows that people who adopt Mindfulness techniques as part of their daily life:
 
- have increased ability to pay attention and concentrate
- have raised levels of emotional intelligence
- have increased resilience
- have improved relationships
- are more aware of their thoughts and feelings and better able to manage them
 
Attending an Introduction/Taster Session for the Mindfulness 8-week course is essential prior to enrolling on the Mindfulness programme - see details below.
 
Introduction to the Mindfulness 8 week course: increase resilience and effectiveness
 
Who Should Attend? All Staff who are considering enrolling on the Mindfulness 8-week course.
 
Mindfulness is a 2,500 year old meditation practice that is increasingly relevant for today's fast pace of life.
 
The 'taster session' will involve a short introduction to Mindfulness followed by a brief overview of the Mindfulness 8-week course. You will have the opportunity to experience two Mindfulness Meditation practices and there will also be time to ask any questions that you may have about the programme.
 
Book on Introduction to the Mindfulness 8 week course increase resilience and effectiveness now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Introduction to the Mindfulness 8 week course increase resilience and effectiveness'.

Time Management

Who Should Attend? Particularly for administrative, clerical and secretarial staff who work in offices but open to any member of staff who would like to improve their time management skills.

This session will help participants to:
 
- share experience to find out what makes effective time management a challenge
- look at various models which may help you plan your time more effectively
- consider the consequences of not being in control 
- develop strategies to help deal with identified obstacles to effective time management
 
Book on Time Management now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Time Management'.

Train the Trainer

Who Should Attend? Any member of staff who needs to do occasional training as part of their role on a one to one basis or to groups. There is pre-work involved in this programme. 

This programme is aimed at anyone who needs to train others as part of their role on a one to one basis or a group basis. We will look at some of the key issues involved when trying to train people. Everyone attending this programme will be required to run a practise training session to show what they have learnt and also to develop their own personal skills through gaining constructive feedback from fellow colleagues and tutors. 
 
The programme is spread over 3 days to allow people the chance to practise their skills.
 
There will be an assessment on the final day of the programme, each participant will be filmed as part of the assessment and will be given access in order to review their performance in their own time. A certificate will be presented to all successful participants for the full attendance and completion of the final assessment.
 
Book on Train the Trainer now or go straight to my.HR - then search for 'Training Skills for the Occasional Trainer'.

 

Contact us

Tel: 01509 222381