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Programme Schedule and Workshops

The programme begins with a two-day residential session in November and continues with monthly sessions until the end of June. In order to benefit from the opportunity it is important that you can attend all of the programmed sessions, pursue your project and have regular meetings with your mentor. Dates for the mentoring sessions are flexible and will be arranged to suit your diary. Project progress groups will meet at mutually convenient times. 

 

Session Date Time
Start Finish

Session 1 – Leadership and teamwork

(2 days – residential)

Wednesday 5 November 201408:4517:00*
Thursday 6 November 201409:0016:45
Session 2 – How the University works Tuesday 9 December 201408:4517:00
Session 3 – Financial management and funding Wednesday 7 January 201508:4517:00

Session 4 – Handling the Media

(2 days – non-residential)

Tuesday 17 February 201508:4517:00
either Wednesday 18 February 2015 or Thursday 19 February 201509:0017:00

Session 5 – Building an Academic Career and Developing Research Strategies

(2 days – residential)

Tuesday 17 March 201508:4517:00*
Wednesday 18 March 201509:0017:00
Session 6 – Teaching and Learning in the University Wednesday 29 April 201508:4517:00
Session 7 – Final Reflection – Summation – Presentations Tuesday 18 June 201508:4517:00*

* Followed by evening dinner.

Programme sessions will be held at a variety of external venues in and around Cardiff and South Wales. This is designed both to facilitate the nature of the sessions and provide ideas for locations which might be of interest to you in your work.

Session 1 – Leadership and Teamwork (residential – 2 days)

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the overall purpose and process of the Cardiff Futures programme;
  • Build relationships with other participants and deepen their knowledge of team working through team exercises, Belbin profiling etc.;
  • Articulate an understanding of leadership based on exercises, input and discussion with an external guest as well as University speakers;
  • Identify members of the University Executive Board and some of the issues of interest to them, following both formal sessions and informal conversation in the evening;
  • Reflect on what they have learned about the University and other relevant issues;
  • Describe a project which they have identified and agreed with colleagues to work on for the duration of the Programme.

Session 2 – How the University Works

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the political and Higher Education context within which the University operates, including the recruitment imperative;
  • Explain the governance structure of the University and the role of Council and Senate;
  • Discuss the role and contribution of the University Executive Board in the light of discussions with senior members of the University;
  • Articulate the ways in which academic representatives are involved in decision making;
  • Identify the priority issues being discussed in each of these fora.

Session 3 – Financial Management and Funding

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how the University financial processes work and enumerate the key priorities identified by the Director of Finance;
  • Outline the funding context within which the HE Sector operates and the competitive pressures within HE;
  • Compare the views and experience of our external speaker on leadership and funding issues with those of other speakers;
  • Apply learning from the day to their own work.

Session 4 – Handling the Media (non-residential – 2 days)

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Record and edit their own podcast;
  • Enumerate the benefits and dangers of working with the media;
  • Evaluate what makes a good news story and what does not;
  • Demonstrate the skills and predict the potential pitfalls of interacting with journalists and a range of media;
  • Review their influencing and presentational skills based on feedback received;
  • Use their own personalities to project powerful messages.

Session 5 – Building an Academic Career and Developing Research Strategies (residential - 2 days)

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the University strategy with respect to workload management and the balancing of teaching, research, and other activities;
  • Review their approach to managing their time and priorities;
  • Discuss best practice approaches in the light of input from internal and external speakers, and others' experiences;
  • Develop personal strategies to ensure that what is important has time allocated to it, whilst other demands (admin, email etc) are managed appropriately;
  • Explain the principles and practice of building research networks in light of the views of internal and external speakers;
  • Map their own networks and identify where they may want to strengthen them;
  • Analyse the skills and strategies necessary to develop their research networks in the light of their own and others' experiences;
  • Develop a plan to build their networks.

Session 6 – Teaching and Learning in the University

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the ways in which students are prepared for the transition from secondary to University education;
  • Relate their experiences of talking with students and staff at the school about the curriculum and current teaching practice;
  • Explain the University's strategy and priorities for teaching and learning and their role in that;
  • Debate best practice approaches in the light of input from internal and external speakers, and others' experiences;
  • Develop a plan for appropriate continuing professional development in this area.

Session 7 – Final Reflection – Summation – Presentations

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Present the output from their chosen projects to their colleagues, and senior invited guests;
  • Evaluate their projects in the light of feedback received;
  • Review the learning from the whole programme and develop plans to ensure it continues to be implemented and built upon;
  • Celebrate the completion of the programme with members of the University's Executive Board and other senior invited guests.