Introduction to Data Management

This 3 day course provides an introduction into the basic core of a powerful data management system, and provides skills for accessing managing, studying and analysing data as well as producing reports. The course will be presented through the combined use of seminars and practical workshops. Numerous examples and demonstrations will be presented together with regular laboratory exercises. This course is accredited by Cardiff University. On successful completion the participant will receive 10 Credits, CQFW, Level 4 Who is it for?

  • Those with limited or basic programming experience
  • Should be comfortable with Microsoft Windows 7
  • Upon completion participants will be able to manipulate data, perform simple statistical analyses and produce reports using the system

What will I learn

  • How to use an extremely powerful data management and analysis tool
  • How to effortlessly manage and analyse data
  • How to produce professional reports using the system

What will it cover?

  • Introduction to basic and commonly used programming commands
  • Importing data
  • Working with data libraries
  • Basic functions for manipulating data and performing summary statistics
  • Formatting data and reports
  • Merging and concatenating data sets
  • Simple statistical and graphical investigations of example data sets

Benefits of attending

  • Understand the windowing environment in Microsoft Windows 7
  • Import raw data into data sets
  • Work with data sets (storing, accessing and merging data sets)
  • Understand the basics of data step programming
  • Produce reports

Annual Project Management Alumni Event 2015

The annual Project Management Alumni event took place on 16th January 2015.   The event brought together alumni of the ‘Open for Business’ project management courses, encouraging them to maintain links with the University and each other and to share their experience of working in the field.

The session included a talk by Dr Maneesh Kumar, Cardiff Business School, who introduced the key concepts of Six Sigma and explained how this method can be successfully applied to project management scenarios in order to improve project outcomes.

He was joined by guest speaker Rhian Hamer of the Ministry of Justice, who introduced the continuous improvement method Lean and shared her experiences of applying Lean techniques to projects. The event culminated in lively discussion and questions followed by informal networking over refreshments.

Resources available from the event:

Social media live commentary from the event

Language and Cultural Awareness

Cardiff University has experience of delivering business language training in a wide range of languages with demonstrable results.


The School of Welsh at Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful school, with research and teaching of the highest quality. Heightened awareness of the culture and language of Wales since devolution has further enhanced the prominent position of the School of Welsh in academia, government and society.


Modern Foreign Languages

The ability to use a language in a professional context is becoming increasingly important in today’s global world.  In a Skills Survey by the CBI, businesses reported that they were concerned that weaknesses in foreign language proficiency were losing them business and they felt that foreign language skills could help them build relations with clients, customers and suppliers.


Free webinar offered as part of Adult Learner’s Week

Cardiff University’s Professional Development Team is hosting a free webinar to celebrate Learning at Work Day!

Taking place on Thursday 19th June @ 1pm, this interactive event will get you thinking about how to help your business stand out from the crowd.

Join our marketing expert, Keith MacGregor, as he talks you through unique selling points (USPs):

– what they are
– why they’re important
– how your company can exploit competitive advantages in the workplace
– your role in helping your business stand out from the crowd

There will be the opportunity to join in activity polls and discussions and to have your questions answered.

Places are limited so register now!


A third CPD webinar: A dose of lunch time learning

Cardiff University’s Professional Development Team hosted a one hour Medical Risk: Lifestyles webinar on Friday 28th March, exploring the links between various lifestyle choices and health. Dr Niven-Jenkins led a discussion on today’s ‘hot’ topics of obesity, diet, activity levels, alcohol consumption and smoking, assessing their impact on medical risk.  The webinar was attended by medical underwriters and insurers and was delivered as part of an ongoing suite of Assessing and Managing Medical Risk programmes.


The webinar was a great success attracting top insurance companies from across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new corporate booking option was well-received with several organisations choosing to screen the event to groups of colleagues, creating a shared learning environment.  There was a high level of participation from all attendees, with submission of some discussion-generating questions such as ‘have the introduction of e-cigarettes helped to combat the bad effects of smoking?’

Delegates from Legal and General commented: ‘Legal & General Bristol loved it!’; ‘The webinar provided appropriate and useful information that will assist in risk assessment.’

Business Development Manager, Clare Sinclair, said: “Cardiff University has a track record in delivering award winning and innovative professional development.  Offering the suite of Medical Risk Webinars is a natural progression for us.  The webinar enables the delivery of a concise learning experience and gives maximum impact while causing minimal disturbance to the working day.”

To keep up-to-date with future webinars and events follow us on Twitter, @CardiffUniCPD, or visit our website

A second CPD webinar: a dose of lunch time learning

Professional Development Team and Dr Nick Niven-Jenkins preparing for the lunchtime webinar

Underwriters and Claims Assessors from some of the top UK insurance and reinsurance companies benefitted from another successful webinar ran by Cardiff University as part of their on-going Medical Underwriting CPD offering to the insurance sector.  All 100 places for the webinar were taken; with some companies showing it on a screen in their offices so a number of staff could take part together.

Feedback from the participants showed the webinar to be a big hit, with one delegate stating it was “very enjoyable, informative and discussed conditions in a way which was straightforward and easily understandable”.

To ensure the webinar had minimal impact on an organisation’s day-to-day operations it was organised over a lunch hour.  Participants heard a presentation on Cardiology, specifically Arrhythmias including symptoms, prognosis, and treatments.  Participants were invited to take part in interactive polls and ask questions that were answered by the presenter during the session. Key points were tweeted during the session and a full recording of the webinar was made available to download.

Following the success of these webinars a third is being planned for December 2013.  The topic will be chosen based on the feedback received from those who took part and responses to Tweets.

Business Development Manager, Clare Sinclair said: “Cardiff University has an award winning track record in providing specialist medical professional development for the insurance sector.  The courses we run are delivered by using a mix of online and face-to-face teaching so delivering the webinar seemed an appropriate method to use to introduce learners to the type of teaching to expect on our courses and the education experience they will have.”

Cardiff University has over 10 years’ experience at delivering specialised Continuing Professional Development courses for the medical insurance sector.  Previous courses have greatly impacted the organisations that attended via cost savings from reduced cases being referred to external medical experts, reduced errors and improved quality of decisions, quicker decision making, improved customer service, increased delegate confidence, and increased confidence from reinsurers.

For further information on the course, please visit or call 029 2087 5274.

Free webinar – Cardiology: Arrhythmias Friday 4 October.

Web Banner advertWe will be running a Free webinar on:

Cardiology: Arrhythmias
at 1pm, Friday 4 October.

This 40 minute interactive session will cover the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis as well as issues that these present for underwriting and claims management.

The session will be run by Dr Nick Niven Jenkins and will be interactive, with questions and the option to chat to Nick and the team.

You will be able to view this webinar live from your work or home computer or on your mobile devices.

We have extensive experience at developing and running successful courses for the Insurance sector – Assessing and Managing Medical Risk for Insurers

There are only 100 spaces available for this webinar so register now for this session at:

Should you have any queries please contact the Professional Development Team on:   

Summer Breakfast Workshops full of tasty tips

Along with the hot weather came three hot topics for the Summer Breakfast Workshops run recently by Cardiff University.  Customer Insights, Consulting Skill and Visual Management Techniques were the topics covered by highly respected experts from Cardiff Business School who ran the workshops as part of the university’s Professional Development Membership Scheme.

Over 60 delegates attended the workshops from a range of organisations.  Ruth Jordan from Cardiff and Vale Health Board attended the Consulting Skills workshop, “This was an excellent insight into consulting from a very engaging, knowledgeable speaker”.

Sarah Lethbridge, Executive Education Manager at Cardiff Business School commented, ‘time is precious to business so holding the 2 hour workshops early in the morning enabled the attendees to be back in the office by mid-morning.  The workshops were designed to be short, sharp and practical and to share the university’s research and knowledge with business.’

Insights into the sessions were sent as ‘twitter teasers’ before the workshops with key points being tweeted live during the sessions.