Breakout sessions

Details about the workshops, training sessions, presentations and tours can be found under each of the following breakout sessions.

Breakout Session 1
10:10–11:20

Breakout Session 2
11:50–13:00

Breakout Session 3
14:00–15:10

Breakout Session 4
15:30–16:30

Breakout Session 1: 10:10–11:20 

Presence and presentations: how to communicate your message to any audience (2,872kb)

70m Workshop
Presenter: Jonathan Black (AAD, Careers Service)
10:10–11:20
Target Audience: all staff
 

This workshop will explore the overall perspectives on communicating; whether by email, round table meeting or theatre presentation. You will be equipped with practical skills to create and deliver winning presentations that engage your audience. You will also have the opportunity to practice some skills during the workshop.

Equality and diversity: carrying out 'equality analysis' (622kb)

70m Workshop
Presenter: Sara Smith (Equality and Diversity Unit)
10:10–11:20
Target Audience: committee secretaries; policy officers; departmental administrators; committee members
 

Analysing the potential impact of our policies and decisions on equality is a key part of the University's duties under the Equality Act. This workshop will provide an update on the key concepts of the Public Sector Equality Duty, as well as an opportunity to apply the principles to a series of case studies to help you carry out equality analysis during your day-to-day work.

Why is managing change so difficult? (1,662kb)

70m Workshop
Presenter: Professor Sue Dopson (Saïd Business School)
10:10–11:20
Target Audience: anyone who has to implement and manage significant change  

This session will explore the challenge of organisational change, drawing upon a practical model of change. There will be an opportunity to discuss your own examples of change which have been, or may be, difficult to manage.

Introduction to British Sign Language 

70m Workshop
Presenters: Helen Young and Deborah Popham (AAD, Disability Advisory Service)
10:10–11:20
Target Audience: staff who have regular contact with members of the public or who have contact with students or colleagues who are deaf and use BSL as their preferred communication  

Learn some basic British Sign Language (BSL) signs, including finger-spelling the alphabet, basic questions and greetings. There will also be reference to the importance of facial expression, gesture and environmental considerations which might best support communication with BSL users.

Museum of Natural History – Earth Collections visit

60m Tour
Tour Guides: Juliet Hay and Hilary Ketchum (Museum of Natural History)
10:10–11:10
Target Audience: all staff
 Fully accessible

Tour of the zoological collections from animals to corals, reptiles to mammals, including one of the earliest natural history collections dating back from the 1600s.

P1 A day in the life of a Senior Tutor (2,235kb)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Sarah Norman (St Hilda's College)  10:10–10:40
Target Audience: all staff
 

Have you ever wondered what the role of a college Senior Tutor entails? Sarah Norman, Senior Tutor at St Hilda’s College, will provide an overview of the varied responsibilities of the role.

P2 Best practices for successful digital projects (1,080kb)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Mikal Ann Mast (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society)
 10:10–10:40
Target Audience: communications officers; web managers; staff who work on departmental websites and other design projects
 

Are you about to embark on a digital project or just want to learn what's involved? This session will look at the best practices when commissioning and delivering a digital project, including the popular tools used to get the job done. It will also provide insight into the agency/supplier point of view who have been commissioned to deliver a project.

Money Matters: student budgeting programme (1,441kb)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Catherine Hemingway (Oxford University Student Union Student Advice Service)
 10:10–10:40
Target Audience: anyone in a student-facing role

In order to address the issue of student debt, the Student Advice Service has created the Money Matters workshop to help students with budgeting skills, as well as looking at their attitudes to money and debt. This session will highlight the Money Matters Guide as well as the interactive workshops the Student Advice Service provides to common rooms and individual money guidance appointments for students.

Careers in...human resources (1,399kb)

30m Presentation
Presenters: Vanessa Howe (Human Resources, Personnel Services), Lucy Townsend (Department of Engineering), Mandy Zaccheo (Human Resources Information Systems) and Hannah Gilbert (Ashmolean Museum)
10:10–10:40
Target Audience: administrators who are interested in building their career in HR
 

The session will provide insight into the human resources (HR) profession and how to get started in a career in HR, including ‘vox pop’ stories on different HR roles within the University. There will be information on the skills and behaviours that are needed in HR and professional development routes to follow.

Chorus Implementation Project (session cancelled)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Dawn Barnett (IT Services)
10:10–10:40
Target Audience: all staff
 

This session will provide an update on how the implementation of the Chorus service across the University is progressing, as well as information on future projects to promote advanced functionality of Chorus.

Systemslink: the energy management software solution (2,010kb)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Alan Wood (Estates Services)
10:10–10:40
Target Audience: all staff
 

Systemslink is new software that will support Estates Services and departments in managing the energy consumption of the University. This session will demonstrate how Systemslink works with its network of monitoring meters across the University estate, as well as the system’s reports and heat maps of energy consumption. Suggestions of specific buildings from delegates would be welcomed as case studies.

St Anne’s College Tour

30m Tour
Tour Guides: Lisa Killick and Kate Russell (St Anne’s College)
10:10–10:40
Target Audience: all staff
 Fully accessible

A tour of St Anne’s, a college which can trace its origins back to 1878 and the formation of the Association for Education of Women in Oxford.

A day in the life of a Curator (2,164kb)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Colin Harrison (Ashmolean Museum)
10:50–11:20
Target Audience: all staff
 

The role of Curator at the Ashmolean Museum includes the care and display of world-famous collections, organizing exhibitions, writing scholarly articles and catalogues, fundraising and advising government bodies, as well as teaching students and members of the general public of all ages. Join Colin Harrison, the Senior Curator of European Art, for a brief overview of a characteristically varied day in the life of a Senior Curator.

A brief introduction to mindfulness (1,333kb)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Dr Ruth Collins (AAD, Student Welfare and Support Services)
10:50–11:20
Target Audience: all staff
 

Mindfulness is a state of mind characterised by a heightened sense of present moment awareness and an attitude of non-judgmental compassion and acceptance. Considerable research has demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness in a wide range of settings including schools, workplaces, prisons and hospitals. This session will provide a brief overview of mindfulness and explore how adopting a regular practice can reduce stress and promote a sense of vitality and wellbeing.

Social media strategy and measurement (2,131kb)

30m Presentation
Presenter: Jessica Turner (Public Affairs Directorate)
10:50–11:20
Target Audience: staff who are currently managing social media accounts across the University
 

This session will examine social media strategy and measurement best practices, taking a close look at setting appropriate goals and evaluating the success of social media activities. Considering changes to algorithms on the major social media platforms, the session will help you develop effective goals and measurement tools in order to refine your social media strategy and use a best practice approach to social media management.

Careers in…finance (2,129kb)

30m Presentation
Presenters: Stephen Purbrick, Susan Gillis and Klajdia Bullari (Finance Division)
10:50–11:20
Target Audience: anyone who is interested in working a finance-related role
 

This session will provide an overview of professions in finance, including how to start and progress in a career in finance. Examples of some roles in finance at the University of Oxford will be explored, as well as guidance on the skills and behaviours required for finance careers, resources and professional bodies, and a point of contact for further information. 

Microsoft Office 365 email and calendar migration (1,915kb)

30m Presentation
Presenters: Simon Colling and Chris Mackie (IT Services)
10:50–11:20

Target Audience: all Nexus users

 

After the evaluation of Google and Microsoft cloud email and collaboration services, the University has decided to move towards migrating the Nexus email and calendar service to cloud-based Microsoft Office 365. This session will give an overview of the project, including the background on why we are doing it, what you will get out of it and timescales.

Creating and using Templates and Quick Parts in Microsoft Office (1,459kb)

30m Presentation
Presenters: Rachael Connelly (Wolfson College) and Stacey McGowen (Balliol College)
10:50–11:20
Target Audience: users of Microsoft Word and Outlook  

Do you find yourself wasting time creating and recreating the same content over and over again in Microsoft Word and Outlook? Come and learn a few tips and tricks to save your valuable time and maybe even your sanity. Once you go Quick Parts, you never go back.

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