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Cardiff University has partnered with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to deliver a range of professional development courses for public sector workers.

The courses have been designed to build data science capability across government by equipping civil servants with a key set of skills required from a modern government data analyst.

The University will become the latest provider of the MSc in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov), joining four other universities across the UK.

More than 100 public sector workers take part in the programme each year, which has already proved to be extremely successful in building the Government’s data science capacity

The one-year MSc programme, starting in 2020/21, will consist of four core modules in Data Science Foundations, Statistics in Government, Survey Fundamentals and Statistical Programming In addition, the MSc includes a range of optional modules including Time Series and Forecasting, Applied Machine Learning, Distributed and Cloud Computing and Data Visualisation, among others.

These core modules are available to study on a standalone basis, giving the learner the flexibility to study at postgraduate level whilst also managing existing work and life commitments.

This course will form part of the new Cardiff University Data Science Academy (DSA), established in October 2019 to support the education of the next generation of experts in the fields of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity.

The DSA is run by Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics, in partnership with the School of Mathematics, and is based on the University’s National Software Academy model, where students are given real-world experience by working on team-based, client-facing projects.

The launch of the DSA was prompted by increasing industry requirement for highly-skilled, data-literate graduates, and reports stating a demand for skilled master’s and PhD graduates who have the “added practical experience” to meet industry demands.

The new programme is the latest development to arise from a strategic partnership developed between Cardiff University and the ONS in 2019.

This partnership was set up to encourage sharing of facilities, resources and expertise, co-developing events and activities to promote data use as part of decision making in public policy, and new research collaborations that improve understanding on topics such as healthy ageing, economic intelligence and education and skills.

It builds on many years of close working between Cardiff University and the ONS which has already seen Cardiff students take part in developing new data science techniques that aim to inform top government decisions.

Professor Paul Harper, Academic Lead and Chair for the University’s Strategic Partnership with the ONS, said: "I'm delighted that this new programme has been developed as part of our strategic partnership with the ONS.

“This partnership, formed in 2019, was set up to encourage sharing of facilities, resources and expertise, co-developing events, programmes and activities, and for research collaborations on topics such as healthy ageing, data science and economic intelligence.”

We are delighted to be launching a FREE Virtual CPD Summer School programme.

Bookings have now closed for the Virtual Summer School. If you have any questions, please email gassonj@cardiff.ac.uk

The Summer School is running from 22-26 June, and is a week of free webinars, Twitter Q&A takeovers and other CPD content from across the University.

We have over 20 sessions and activities available for you to book, with themes as diverse as understanding the challenges of dementia communication, Lean practice and why it's so important, and the ‘new’ work-life balance.

Many of the sessions have been created in the context of Covid-19 and how this can affect the way we work and continue our professional development during these uncertain times.

Read on for the full programme of events - and remember, it's all free to attend!

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CONSULTING WITH PATIENTS REMOTELY: TELEPHONE CONSULTATION AND TRIAGE

Lloyd Hambridge, HEIW, with Dr Rowan Yemm, School of Pharmacy

TBC

This is a pre-recorded session by Lloyd Hambridge, abridged and adjusted to make it relevant to COVID-specific challenges. This session will be of particular interest to pharmacists and other healthcare workers who may be having to adapt their usual patient-facing roles.

It is a good introduction to the Clinical Pharmacy  (Msc/PgDip/PgCert) and Pharmacist Independent Prescribing programmes, where this session is featured.

Monday 22 June

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LEANING INTO THE CRISIS

Sarah Lethbridge, Director of Executive Education, Cardiff Business School

10:00 - 12:00

Join Sarah Lethbridge, Director of Executive Education and External Relations for a 2-hour webinar exploring why a lean/ continuous improvement approach might be helpful in coping with the current pandemic. This session touches on some of the concepts covered in the Lean Six Sigma programme.

COMMON COPYWRITING MISTAKES (AND HOW TO AVOID THEM)

Rowan Dent, CPD Trainer

12:00 - 13:00

A session looking at common copywriting mistakes (grammar, editing) and providing practical tips on how to improve your copywriting. This is suitable for any level of experience but aimed more at people with less confidence in writing. This session is a great introduction to our Copywriting short course.

SUSTAINABLE MEGA BUILDINGS

Dr Eshrar Latif, Welsh School of Architecture

13:00 - 14:00

This webinar will discuss how tall buildings could be made low energy and sustainable. This session will be especially suitable for building environment professionals such as architects, building service engineers and planners.

UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES OF DEMENTIA COMMUNICATION

Alison Wray, School of English, Communication and Philosophy

14:00 - 15:00

In this session, Alison will play extracts from her animated film about the mechanisms of communication between people with dementia and their families, carers and others, and explain and illustrate some of the themes and issues raised. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

JOURNALISM BY NUMBERS: USING COMPUTERS AND DATA TO FIND NEWS AND TELL STORIES

Aidan O’Donnell, School of Journalism, Media and Culture

15:00 - 16:00

SESSION FULLY BOOKED

This workshop will give an overview of how journalists use computers, data and new technology to do their job. Please note that this session is limited to 8 spaces (allocated on a first come, first served basis) and is best suited to those who would like to engage in an active discussion.

Tuesday 23 June

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PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE CARE - SIGNPOSTS TO EFFECTIVE DELIVERY

Fiona Rawlinson, School of Medicine

10:00 - 11:00

This webinar will cover a range of health care issues in the current situation of a pandemic and explore how slightly different health and social care arrangements can enable optimal care.

The session will also cover the Cardiff 6 point toolkit and its role in effective communication, particularly during the pandemic. Fiona will also review key skills needed to deliver palliative and end of life care.

THE ‘NEW’ WORK-LIFE BALANCE: WELLBEING, EFFECTIVENESS & RESILIENCE IN DIVERSE WAYS OF WORKING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Teena Clouston, School of Healthcare

11:00 - 12:00

This session will provide you with practical tools and techniques (for personal, management and team use) to help you develop effective working practice and work-life balance.

Teena will also help you to reflect on how to manage stress, anxiety and work-life balance, to develop resilience and wellbeing for self and others.

BUSINESS WRITING SKILLS - IN A NUTSHELL

Simon Newsam, CPD Trainer

12:00 - 13:00

This session will provide tips on how to write clearly so that your audience understands the messages you are trying to convey. You'll have the chance to do simple exercises; Simon will oversee these and also provide additional advice. This session is a great introduction to our Business Writing Skills short course.

ETHICS IN AI

Luis Espinosa-Anke, School of Computer Science and Informatics

13:00 - 14:00

This webinar will help you understand the main ethical considerations around dealing with data (collection, processing, building predictive models), with a specific focus on bias in artificial intelligence.

This session will be particularly interesting for any business that deals with data, either generated and owned by them or user-generated.

CPD - CHANGING YOUR MINDSET & MAXIMISING OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC

Deb Hearle and Sarah Lawson, School of Healthcare

14:00 - 15:00

This session is designed to encourage you to think differently about how to engage in CPD during COVID-19. The webinar will examine the nature of CPD engagement and provide an overview of the TRAMm Model of CPD. This framework is designed for a healthcare context, but the session will be of benefit to anyone who is required to complete CPD as part of their role.

PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF SKIN INJURIES RELATED TO THE USE OF PPE

Samantha Holloway, School of Medicine

15:00 - 16:00

This pre-recorded session provides an overview of the current national and international guidelines on the prevention and management of skin injuries related to PPE. The webinar also discusses the dermatological considerations related to skin injuries and PPE usage.

Twitter takeover!

The pre-recorded webinar will be supported by a live Twitter takeover to answer your questions.

Wednesday 24 June

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THE EFFECT OF COVID-19 ON RADIOGRAPHY REPORTING SERVICES

School of Radiography

10:00 - 11:00

This is a chance to gain a deeper understanding of how the current epidemic has affected radiography reporting. Including a look at CT and Plain Film Chest reporting, currently used as primary investigations for COVID-19 patients. This session will be of particular interest to radiographers, radiography students, prospective radiography students and other healthcare professionals.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR ONLINE LEARNING STICK

Manjula Bray, CPD Trainer

11:00 - 12:00

This interactive webinar is designed to share brain-friendly tips to engage your online audience.

Manjula will work through practical tips to help you ensure your online learning is as productive as face to face training.

This session is a great introduction to our Train the Trainer short course.

HOW TO WRITE ONLINE CONTENT THAT SELLS

Simon Newsam, CPD Trainer

12:00 - 13:00

This interactive session will provide tips on how to write online content that sells. You'll have the chance to do simple exercises; Simon will oversee these and also provide additional advice. This session is a great introduction to our  Writing for the Web short course.

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN OF BUILDINGS – VENTILATION AND AIR QUALITY

Dr Vicki Stevenson, Welsh School of Architecture

13:00 - 14:00

This webinar will Introduce the importance of ventilation and the key factors in designing natural ventilation. This session will be particularly relevant for built environment professionals such as  architects, engineers and consultants.

HEALTHY EATING FOR RESILIENCE

Justine Bold, Programme Director of CPD, Centre for  Medical Education, School of Medicine
14:00 - 15:00

Twitter takeover!

This session will provide information and practical tips on a healthy balanced diet and how this can support health and wellbeing at this difficult time. Topics include healthy eating for resilience and immunity. The session will be pre-recorded and Justine will then host a Twitter Q&A to answer your questions.

This session is suitable for anyone but could be particularly useful for key workers.

Thursday 25 June

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PHARMABEES

Elizabeth Roche, Pharmabees Project

10:00 - 11:00

Elizabeth Roche from the University's Pharmabees project is hosting this overview of Pharmabees as well as the Cardiff Rewilding project.

MINERALS FOR THE GREEN ECONOMY

Professor Tom Blenkinsop from School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

11:00 - 12:00

This webinar explores which resources are needed for the green economy and how we can mine responsibly. We expect this session to be very popular, so please book your virtual place early! The webinar will be of particular interest to professionals working in the mining and exploration industries.

ASK A COPYWRITER ANYTHING: TWITTER TAKEOVER

Rowan Dent, CPD Trainer

12:00 - 13:00

Twitter takeover!
Rowan Dent of Equinox will take over our Twitter feed to answer common copywriting queries (e.g. layout, grammar, tips for social) and provide practical, friendly support. This session is a great introduction to our Copywriting short course.

A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO BUILDING PERFORMANCE – BRINGING TOGETHER TECHNOLOGY AND PEOPLE

Panel of experts, Welsh School of Architecture

13:00 - 14:00

This is an exciting opportunity to attend a Q&A panel with experts from the Welsh School of Architecture. The panel will discuss building performance from a socio-technical perspective, based on ongoing research and teaching at the Welsh School of Architecture. Insights will also be shared in response to the lessons learnt from COVID-19.

The panel members are: Dr Hiral Patel, Lecturer in Advanced Building Performance Evaluation, Professor Chris Tweed, Head of School, Dr Simon Lannon, Research Fellow and Emmanouil Perisoglou, Research Associate.

MACHINE LEARNING: WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT'S USEFUL

Dr Matthias Treder, School of Computer Science and Informatics
14:00 - 15:00

This webinar is a useful introduction to machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence, and is suitable for a general audience.

This session will be of particular interest to attendees from companies or institutions that work with any kind of data, and wish to explore whether AI/machine learning is useful to them.

Friday 26 June

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GOOGLE ANALYTICS SURGERY: TWITTER TAKEOVER

Jess Spate, CPD Trainer

10:00 - 11:00

Twitter takeover!
Google Analytics expert Jess Spate will take over our twitter feed for an hour, answering your questions and dispensing advice. This session is a great introduction to our Google Analytics short course.

AN INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS

Mala Mann, SURE

11:00 - 12:00
This webinar will introduce you to systematic review methodology and is a very useful bite-sized introduction to our CPD course, run by Mala Mann of SURE. The session will be of particular interest to:
  • Researchers (especially in health and social care)
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Postgraduate healthcare researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Librarians and information professionals

LEADING PEOPLE THROUGH CHANGE

Richard Rose, CPD Trainer

12:00 - 13:00

This webinar is a basic introduction to leading change in organisations, particularly relevant during the pandemic as it's caused seizmic changes in organisations across the globe. This is a bite-sized introduction to our short course, Leading People Through Change.

HOW ARE VACCINES DEVELOPED?

Dr Meike Heurich-Sevcenco and Dr Mark Gumbleton, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

13:00 - 14:00

This session consists of a pre-recorded video with voice-over, followed by a live Q&A session via Zoom.

The session aims to contextualise how vaccines exploit the body's immune system, and describe the basic types of vaccines developed.

Dr Meike Heurich-Sevcenco and Dr Mark Gumbleton will look at examples of how vaccines have delivered protection to individuals and the wider population. They will also provide an overview of challenges that micro-organisms present for vaccine development and effectiveness.

This session will be of particular interest to professionals working in nursing, clinical research, pharmaceutical, public health or biological sciences.

FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND RADIOGRAPHY

School of Radiography

14:00 - 15:00

This session will help you gain a deeper insight into how radiography aids in forensic cases from the perspective of a forensic anthropologist. It also aims to help you understand the importance of radiography in determining the cause of death or identification of the deceased. This pre-recorded session will be of particular interest to radiographers, radiography students, prospective radiography students and other healthcare professionals.

If you have any questions or queries, or if you would like to discuss a CPD programme for your organisation, please feel free to contact our friendly team:

If you sometimes struggle to express technical information in an easy-to-understand, effective way, this video is for you.

Did you know for example that there's a free tool built into Microsoft that can tell you if you're writing in plain English?

Watch this video on How to write in plain English

In this video, Simon Newsam, CPD trainer, explains the importance of writing clear and effective copy, and making sure that your audience understands you. He also demonstrates a free Microsoft tool that analyses your writing and tells you if you need to simplify.

Also featuring a bonus cat and a mat!

Business Writing CPD course

This video is one of our series of bite-sized CPD sessions, and is based on our popular Business Writing Skills course.This one-day course helps you produce documents that are clear, concise and appropriate – for your business and your readers.

You can register your interest in future dates for this course and we'll contact you as soon as bookings re-open.

Virtual Summer School

We will re-introduce face to face teaching as soon as we can - in the meantime, keep an eye out for our Virtual Summer School, which will be packed with free webinars, Twitter takeovers and more. Coming 22-26 June 2020.

Follow us on Twitter to find out more.

An online CPD course developed by Professor Tom Blenkinsop of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is helping undergraduate students to access learning to support their degrees.

Structural Geology for Exploration and Mining is an online CPD course introducing the importance of structural analysis in mineral exploration, and how to record, analyse and present data.

When the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on face to face teaching became clear, Professor Blenkinsop was very keen to open the CPD course to his undergraduate students, to support learning and provide additional study resources at this extremely difficult time. We liaised with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences to enable undergraduate structural geology students to access the content.

Tom said, “Making this material available to undergraduate students has been a long-held ambition, and now could not be a better time to provide additional support to students. I’m delighted that we have been able to work together so quickly to make this available to students and I hope it will be a valuable resource for their revision.”

A total of 104 undergraduate students studying Structural Geology, and Applied Structural Geology now have access to the course. The online course maps very closely onto each programme of study: the first half supports Structural Geology, and is supplemented by quizzes, additional images, diagrams, videos and 3D models; the second half covers Applied Structural Geology and overlaps with some lecture content about controls on the geometry of ore bodies.

In both cases, the online course reinforces the taught module and should be useful for additional revision.

About the CPD course

The Structural Geology for Exploration and Mining course is designed for professionals in the exploration and mining industry and introduces delegates to the importance of structural geology to the industry, the basics of what to measure, methods of measurement, and how to record data.

A hugely successful pilot course ran in early 2020 and the course is now taking bookings for the June intake. Find out more.

Virtual CPD summer school

We are delighted to announce that Professor Blenkinsop is taking part in our virtual summer school (running 22-26 June). Tom will be hosting a webinar – details to be released soon. Follow us on Twitter to be the first to find out more.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss CPD opportunities for your organisation, please feel free to contact our friendly team. We are working remotely during this period but are available on all the usual channels and can arrange a Zoom call if you’d like to explore anything in more detail.

Need to brush up on your headline writing skills? Treat yourself to a 5-minute writing masterclass from leading copywriter and CPD trainer, Rowan Dent.

In this video, Rowan shares her top tips for writing that notoriously tricky thing - a killer headline. Rowan also describes 8 different styles of headline and how they are used to convey different meanings and create impact.

Watch this video to improve your headline writing skills.

Copywriting CPD courses

This video is one of our series of bite-sized CPD sessions, and is based on our popular Copywriting course. Available at introductory and advanced level, this course teaches you how to become a better copywriter and how to write effectively for a variety of audiences and publications.

You can register your interest in future dates for Introduction to Copywriting and Advanced Copywriting Skills and we'll contact you as soon as bookings re-open.

Virtual Summer School

We will re-introduce face to face teaching as soon as we can - in the meantime, keep an eye out for our Virtual Summer School, which will be packed with free webinars, Twitter takeovers and more. Coming 22-26 June 2020.

Follow us on Twitter to find out more.

The first of our bite-sized CPD sessions is now available to view. This edition features Manjula Bray, one of our CPD trainers, as she explores how to convert face to face training to online programmes.

Watch video about converting face to face training to online

In this video, Manjula explores some of the key points that in-house trainers need to consider when converting face to face teaching to online training.

This video includes Manjula's 3 top tips to consider, as well as an overview of how the Covid-19 situation is affecting training as the pandemic forces many of us to learn and work from home.

Train the Trainer CPD course

This video is one of our series of bite-sized CPD sessions, and is based on our popular Train the Trainer course. The 2-day train the trainer course teaches you to design, plan and deliver a cohesive training session for your organisation. You can register your interest for future dates and we'll contact you as soon as bookings re-open.

Virtual Summer School

We will re-introduce face to face teaching as soon as we can - in the meantime, keep an eye out for our Virtual Summer School, which will be packed with free webinars, Twitter takeovers and more. Coming 22-26 June 2020.

Follow us on Twitter to find out more.

In these unprecedented times, we are all adapting to a new type of normal, including working from home, with all the additional challenges that can bring. Interruptions from family, IT issues and anxiety about the situation and our loved ones can all have an effect on our productivity and motivation.  Amongst all these, many of us are also continuing to learn and train alongside work and home commitments.

At the CPD Unit, we’re working hard with colleagues to adapt and create virtual content, converting face-to-face teaching to online, or by creating new webinar and video content. Some examples of work we’re doing in this area include a Structural Geology online programme, a new Discovering Muslims in Britain online course, and adapting an international programme on Leadership Development into virtually taught content.  Cardiff also already offers its hugely successful online Dermoscopy course.

Taking time out during this period to update our skills can be a really positive outcome of such an extreme and unexpected time of change. However, we recognise that it’s also a completely different skill set, and one that can be hard to get to grips with.

We’ve worked with the Centre for Education Support and Innovation (CESI) to bring you our top tips for effective online learning at home, and how to adapt to this new ‘normal’.

We are also working on a free Virtual Summer School – look out for more information on our suite of webinars and other online content, coming soon!

Top tips

Organisational skills

1. Stay organised

A benefit of online learning is flexibility, but this also creates its own challenges. Procrastination and losing track of deadlines can easily occur. We often de-prioritise our learner goals in the face of other demands – be it family, work commitments or distractions around the home.

To help you stay organised and on track, find ways to structure and optimise your time for when you know you learn best. This might mean waking up an hour earlier than usual (eg before children are awake) in order to complete reading and video lectures.

Keep a calendar of tasks and deadlines. Start with your course materials and notes in one place so that you use your time for learning rather than searching for references.

Digital champion tips

  • Make sure that you know which communication channels will be used to contact you, and how you can contact your trainer
  • Check you know what online resources are available and that you have everything you need close at hand before you start
  • Stay organised and create a schedule (more on this below!)
  • Be kind to yourself – set reasonable goals.
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2. Create a schedule

Putting together a schedule can provide structure to your days and help keep you motivated. Your weekly routine will have changed, so creating a daily and/or weekly schedule (including time focussed on maintaining your health and wellbeing) will help.

There are numerous free apps available to help you schedule your time and prioritise effectively. Trello is a great option if you want to share your to-do list with others – and it’s highly visual (and motivating!) as you move a task from ‘to do’ to ‘ongoing’ to ‘complete’.

The Pomodoro method of time management is very popular, and breaks tasks down into manageable chunks of time. Created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1990s, the Pomodoro method emphasises timing your work and taking breaks – the concept is that in order to focus on a specific task, you should work in 25-minute intervals, during which you concentrate on just one thing. Between each interval, you have a break of 5 minutes, increasing to longer breaks once you have achieved four 25-minute intervals.

Digital champion tips

  • Make sure that your schedule involves regular breaks and non-online activities; try not to ‘binge learn’ - pace yourself
  • Set targets for the day, add tasks and due dates to your online calendar
  • Make sure you add your work and home obligations (such as shopping, child-care and other responsibilities – and free time!) so that your study schedule is realistic
  • Look into the Pomodoro technique for time management and consider downloading a free app to help you schedule and plan your time
  • Ensure you have all the login details, necessary accounts set up and applications installed prior to your course starting.
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3. Create a space for learning

Try to create a space or setup at home that’s comfortable and helps you to focus on your study. If this is unfamiliar territory, think about the type of environment you usually work well in and try to recreate it.

This is also incredibly useful for working from home. Whilst there will certainly be times that you’re settled on the sofa under a blanket while you work, it is useful to keep your work life, and home life separate where possible. Carving out a physical space in your home will help.

Digital champion tips

  • If you can, keep your study space separate to your personal space to avoid distractions
  • Be kind to yourself - learning at home will involve added distractions from family and general life situations!
Student with laptop on table

4. Learning from video

Getting the most out of learning from video will take a little effort, especially when you’re required to watch longer videos. One technique to consider is to watch short chunks without taking notes and then pause the video and write down everything you remember. This may seem hard at first but it’s this effort that helps draw out what you’ve learnt and areas you might need to revisit.

Digital champion tips

  • Write a brief summary every few minutes
  • Consider downloading slides where possible, and make notes
  • If the lectures are live, try to participate, minimise the amount of notes you take and pay attention. Lectures can always be re-watched in order to take notes.
Video learning and working

5. Stay engaged and participate online

In this rapidly changing world of remote learning and working we are having to adapt quickly to adopt new behaviours and etiquette, and learn how to collaborate with others when we’re socially distant from one another.

Connecting with trainers and fellow delegates can improve your learning experience. Opportunities to engage with trainers and your fellow delegates will be different when you’re learning remotely but there are ways that you can keep in touch and engaged. Before you start a course, find out how you can interact - this could be through discussion boards, virtual office hours, email or via other methods.

Consider that everyone is adapting to new conditions in challenging times and that people respond in different ways. Use the channels provided by your trainer to keep in touch, and try to participate in live lectures, as you would in face to face situations.

This is also helpful to consider in relation to working remotely. As we all adjust to a new way of working, we need to find an alternative means of communication and learn a new set of skills. Video conferencing is an excellent method to encourage team engagement, and allows us to pick up on subtle cues in body language and tone, which are missing from other forms of remote communication.

Consider implementing new personal communication ‘norms’ that allow you to work around other commitments. For example, add a line to your email signature if you’re working different hours whilst you’re at home. Be mindful that others will also have restrictions and challenges that they’re working through.

Digital champion tips

  • Where possible, keep in touch with other delegates on your course
  • Make sure you understand what new online participation activities are expected of you
  • It is good practice to participate in live lectures
  • Look for private groups outside the learning management system, for example on LinkedIn, this will promote collaborative learning and reduce the sense of isolation.
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6. Wellbeing

During times of stress, it’s important to remember to keep an eye on your mental health and wellbeing. Take regular breaks, incorporate health routines into your daily and weekly schedule, and get out into the sunshine where possible. Take walks, run, cycle, or make use of the huge variety of free YouTube videos, blogs and tutorials offering ideas such as home workouts, yoga sessions and hiit classes.

Take a break from social media and news if it’s triggering anxiety, and limit yourself to obtaining information from a few trusted sources.

Try to keep to your daily routines, or create new ones. Plan ahead – creating your schedule and being realistic about your expectations will help to avoid stress.

Be kind to yourself – try to learn and study in bite-size chunks rather than setting your expectations too high.

Finally, reach out to someone if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Useful sources include the NHS’s Every Mind Matters campaign and their general advice/guidance on mental health.

Digital champion tips

  • Create healthy routines
  • Take regular breaks
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Plan ahead to avoid stress
  • Keep an eye on your mental health
  • Healthy eating
  • Reach out if you are struggling.

The University’s Palliative Care team has delivered three days of professional training to GPs across Gibraltar, supporting GP education in the country as part of a formal collaboration between City Hospice, Cancer Relief Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Health Authority.

The course was delivered by the School of Medicine’s Dr Fiona Rawlinson & Dr Margred Capel from City Hospice and is based on the University’s existing Palliative Care Update short course, which is itself part of the School of Medicine's growing portfolio of palliative medicine CPD courses.

The one-day course was repeated over three days to maximise opportunities for GPs to attend, and by the end of the programme, the course had been delivered to all GPs across Gibraltar.

Other attendees included professionals from the multi-disciplinary team involved in caring for palliative patients in Gibraltar.  Staff from each of the adult wards, mental health, district nursing, allied health (occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists), elderly residential services, medicine, surgery and psychiatry were able to take part.

The course explored the principles of holistic care, symptom control and care of the dying patient and their family, and provides training to increase palliative care skills to meet the rising morbidity and mortality of incurable conditions – now no longer confined to cancer, but encompassing dementia, end stage respiratory and end stage cardiac conditions.

The course also helps healthcare professionals to develop systems that focus on improving the quality of care and culture within teams.

Feedback from the course has been extremely positive, with attendees highlighting the quality of speakers, the range of content, and the importance of acknowledging engaging in communication with the patient and their family.

This professional development course is a result of a collaboration between Cardiff University, City Hospice, Cancer Relief Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Health Authority. We hope to be able to build on the success of this course to plan future learning events with the aim of further raising the excellent standard of end of life care in Gibraltar.

Special thanks to:

The team at Bleak House, led by Paula Poggio, for the excellent facilities.

Cancer Relief for providing food & organisation throughout the sessions.

Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) and Elderly Relief Services (ERS) for facilitating staff attendance, and GHA for funding the training.

Find out more

If you are interested in attending one of the University's portfolio of palliative medicine short courses, visit our webpage to find details of upcoming courses. You may also be interested in exploring the Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals (MSc).

Contact us

If you would like more information about how we can work with your organisation to create and deliver a similar bespoke programme, please contact our friendly team and we'll be happy to help you.

The Executive Education team are currently working with Newport Wafer Fab on a talent development programme.

Created in close collaboration with Newport Wafer Fab, the CPD programme has been offered to 12 of the organisation’s brightest talents, focussing on their development as the next generation of leaders.

Newport Wafer Fab has a rich history of working with the University to offer professional development and exciting learning opportunities for their staff.

This programme, in partnership with Cardiff Business School’s Executive Education, creates an opportunity for talented individuals to progress and prepares them to assume significant leadership and management roles at Newport Wafer Fab.

The programme is held on-site at Newport Wafer Fab’s premises and comprises 6 sessions in key areas identified by senior managers at the organisation. Experts at Executive Education have devised a programme that is wholly applicable to the client’s workplace, so that following each session, delegates can practically apply their learning immediately.

Each module is delivered by a different academic and contextualised to Newport Wafer Fab’s needs so as to inspire the group and encourage delegates to think differently within their own work environment. In this way, the programme will prepare delegates to embrace innovation, leading the workforce and organisation into new technologies and markets.

Talent Development Programme sessions

Performance Management and Leadership

  • Developing knowledge and understanding of key performance management techniques and practices; aligning these to the organisation’s vision.

Finance for Non-Finance Management

  • Interpreting accounts, profit and loss statements, balance sheets and financial rations, as well as developing skills in budget forecasting and control.

Leadership and Professionalism

  • Understanding different approaches to leadership, the difference between leaders as individuals and leadership as a process, and the importance of high performing teams.

Presenting the Best You

  • Developing performance skills as a leader, including how to condense and simplify ideas, particularly in a technical workplace.

Strategic Management

  • Exploring a leader’s role within the strategic management of the organisation, as well as awareness and application of strategic processes, management concepts and analytical tools.

Negotiation and the next steps

  • Understanding how powers of persuasion can secure decisions in the best interest of the company, managing stakeholders and knowing when to walk away; role play to develop listening and consultancy skills.

Outcomes and impact

The programme is now underway and initial feedback has been excellent. As the programme progresses, we will be gathering robust and comprehensive evaluations from the participants, as well as arranging a focus group for further feedback.

Contact us

If you are interested in working with the University, contact us for an initial chat about opportunities for your organisation.

We have a wide range of professional development courses available to book now - so if you're nearing the end of your financial year, why not use that budget while you still have it!

We also offer bespoke courses or tailored versions of existing training activities - contact us if you'd like to explore options for your organisation.

Don't forget, we offer 10% off many of our short CPD courses when you book two or more courses/places at the same time. Check our website for details.

Our full range of short CPD courses are available to view, and you can download a copy of our Spring/Summer 2020 brochure.

Upcoming courses

Several short courses are running in the next 3 months - here's a summary of what's happening this spring - as always, please contact us if you'd like to discuss anything further.

CourseOverviewDurationDate(s)
Introduction to Copywriting
(Hurry, only a few places left)
Gain confidence in writing for different platforms and learn how to pinpoint the right tone of voice and style. Advanced copywriting course also available.1 day30 March
MSP® Foundation and PractitonerMSP® offers a structured approach to programme management that will help organisations successfully deliver transformational change. This course offers a complete and practical understanding of the MSP® framework and prepares delegates for the Foundation and Practitioner exams, which are taken as part of the course.5 days30 March - 3 April
Introduction to Digital MarketingThis course introduces you to the main digital marketing techniques and how to use them. Includes Google, PPC, social media strategies and content marketing. Also shows you how to produce a digital marketing strategy.
Advanced Digital Marketing course also available.
1 day8 April
The Cardiff LBA (Leadership and Business Administration)This programme is designed to be a mini work-based taster of our Executive MBA, covering 8 key areas of business administration and leadership over 12 months. It will help you realise your career potential and take a leading role within your organisation.8 days over 12 monthsApril - December
PRINCE2® Foundation and PractitionerPRINCE2® is the international standard method for project management and provides a framework to cover a wide variety of disciplines and activities required within a project. This course offers a complete and practical understanding of the PRINCE2® method and prepares delegates for the Foundation and Practitioner exams, which are taken as part of the course.5 days11-15 May
Lean Six Sigma Yellow BeltThis is a very practical programme, exploring the 'Six Sigma' approach that seeks to identify and eliminate defects, mistakes or failures in business processes or systems. It enables attendees to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes, irrespective of the size or type of industry.2 days14-15 May
Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green BeltAttending the first two days of the programme will enable participants to achieve a yellow belt accreditation, whilst completing the five-day programme allows progression to green belt. 5 days14-15 May and 8-10 July
Project ManagementThis is primarily designed as an introductory course for anyone needing to understand and have a practical experience of project management. It's ideal for you if you wish to gain an understanding of project management but do not require accreditation.2 days19-20 May
Advanced Digital MarketingThis course covers advanced techniques and the latest ideas for using different digital platforms, and guides you through developing a detailed, robust and effective multi-channelled digital marketing plan. Includes topics such as Google algorithms and social media sentiment.
Introduction to Digital Marketing course also available.
1 day17 June
SEOCovers the basics of SEO and how to mprove both the quality and breadth of your rankings with Google and other major search engines. This course is designed to help you get the best ROI from time invested in SEO tasks.1 day21 May
Train the TrainerThis practical course is ideal if budgets are tight as you can train one member of staff how to effectively deliver training to the rest of your staff. Includes planning, developing and delivering effective work-based training, and offers delegates the opportunity to put into practice bite-sized training during the course.2 days10-11 June
Advanced CopywritingYou’ll hone your conceptual copywriting skills and learn new techniques to increase creativity, structure your copy and banish writer’s block.
Introduction to Copywriting course also available.
1 day21 July

Contact us

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to our friendly team about the possibility of creating a CPD course for a larger team, please contact us: