New for 2013: Agile Project Management

Many organisations today need to deliver change faster, at a lower cost and with lower risk. Quite a combination! Agile project management aims to do that by continually validating project progress against business objectives. It works well when combined with methods such as PRINCE2®, and helps to provide rigour and visibility around fast-paced development.

Good agile project management can develop the necessary trust and co-operation between the business and developers that is required for successful project delivery.

Agile is increasingly required by organisations to manage projects, and as such we have developed a 2 day course to introduce delegates to the key principles of Agile and how it can be used alongside the PRINCE2 method.

If you are looking for a bespoke course for your organisation, then please contact us for more information.

Praise for our homework club support

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has praised the work of University students in supporting a local community homework club.

Established by Adamsdown Communities First and the Adamsdown African Association, the club sees University students support and encourage children with their homework, exam preparation and other learning activities.

It aims to raise attainment and achievement with students in inner city schools and colleges, in particular children from families who have little or no history of going to university.

The club, held in Adamsdown Resource Centre, is now being used as an example that other higher education institutions should adapt, to relieve child poverty.

Writing in The Child Poverty Strategy 2012 Onwards Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler gives a commitment to write to institutions of Higher Education in Wales to highlight the work Cardiff University have been undertaking in supporting Adamsdown Homework Club in Cardiff and to “ask them to consider similar partnerships as part of their work on tackling child poverty.”

Ben Ford, a Cardiff University second year English Language and Philosophy student who is involved in the homework club said: “Having come from a widening access background, in a school with a difficult catchment area far from a university, extracurricular one-to-one help would have been a great help in encouraging unconfident children to persist academically and achieve their potential.

“Volunteering is a rewarding experience, in both making a difference to children’s education by giving them the help they deserve, and encouraging and answering questions they about attending university.”

Sue West, Adamsdown Communities First Co-ordinator said: “The Club has been an amazing success. Pupils have reported that since joining they enjoy difficult subjects more (such as Maths and Science), are achieving better grades and have increased aspirations for the future.

“The partnership with the University has been instrumental to the success of the Club and has now developed to allow us to increase our activities to support the parents of the children through learning as well”.

Want to learn more?

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Getting to grips with Social Media – New courses from the Centre for Community Journalism

The Centre for Community Journalism have launched 5 new social media courses for 2013. The courses are delivered by Emma Meese, an experienced Journalist, social media trainer and regular guest speaker at social media conferences.

The new courses will help you get to grips with social media, they will teach you how to gather marketing insights online and also help you to consider how to develop relevant and interesting content relating to your organisation.

The courses currently on offer include; short, 2 hour masterclasses to get to grips with Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

The Centre is also offering two full day courses which will get you real results and help you form your social media strategies.

The one day Social Media & Online Tools course will help you to understand how to gain insights from the web, through advanced Google searches and  ‘listening’ techniques on social media.

Managing your Social Media will show you how to get the most out of your various social media accounts as well as key tips to embed social media within your communication strategy. The course will also show you how to set tone of voice and compile guidelines for all staff to use.

All these courses are now available to book online, with various dates throughout 2013.

The Centre for Community Journalism also offer bespoke training opportunities, contact us to find out more.