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The aim of the RDM Learning and Development (L&D) programme is to provide opportunities for RDM staff and students to take advantage of courses that will enhance their professional development. It has been developed by the RDM Career Development Committee in consultation with the Oxford Learning Institute. The programme will offer a number of courses delivered by the Oxford Learning Institute, and some bespoke events delivered by external specialists and RDM staff. Please direct any queries to the Career Development Committee (cdc@rdm.ox.ac.uk).

Feedback conversations

Sharon Neal, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 2pm to 4pm @ OCMR Seminar Room Level 0 John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, OX3 9DU

This workshop enables individuals to practise the necessary skills to give and receive feedback in a clear, positive and constructive manner. This course forms part of the ‘Communications’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme and is open to all RDM staff and students. Registration for this course is now open to all staff and students in RDM. Places are limited to 24.

Managing working relationships: difficult conversations

Sharon Neal, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Wednesday, 06 December 2017, 9.30am to 12.30pm @ OCMR Seminar Room Level 0 John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, OX3 9DU

Through this course you will learn how to influence people and approach difficult conversations. This course forms part of the ‘Communications’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme and is open to all RDM staff and students. Registration for this course is now open to all staff and students in RDM. Places are limited to 24.

Introduction to Public Engagement

Naomi Gibson, Emma O'Brien and Dannielle Wellington

Learning and Development Programme

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 2pm to 4pm @ Seminar Room, MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

An introduction for those looking to get started in public engagement with research covering the basics of what it is, how to get started and a chance to be inspired by those already doing it. This course forms part of the ‘Communications’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Registration for this course is now open to all staff and students in RDM.

Fellowships and other funding options

Hugh Watkins, Ruth McCaffrey and Mark Evans

Learning and Development Programme

Monday, 15 January 2018, 10am to 12.30pm @ Seminar Room, WIMM

This workshop is for students and postdocs considering fellowship applications. This course forms part of the ‘Career Development’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Registration for this course is now open to researchers in RDM.

Emotions and resilience at work

Sharon Neal, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 10am to 1pm @ RDM Seminar Room A, Level 6 West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital

In this workshop you will learn how to develop an awareness of self and others, in order to engage positively with colleagues. This course forms part of the ‘Working Relationships’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Registration for this course is now open to all staff and students in RDM. Places are limited to 24.

Making the most of PDR

Bill Dunn, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 10am to 2pm @ Room K, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, Old Road Campus

After this workshop you will be able to carry out and take part in PDRs effectively and have a platform from which to reflect on, and refine, your practice. This course forms part of the ‘Career Development’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Registration for this course is now open to all staff and students in RDM. Places are limited to 24.

Assertive Communication

Sharon Neal, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Monday, 12 March 2018, 1pm to 4pm @ OCDEM Lecture Theatre, Churchill Hospital

This workshop aims to help individuals take steps towards a more effective working relationship with their manager/ supervisor and colleagues. This course forms part of the ‘Working Relationships’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Places are limited to 24.

One Day Manager course

Sharon Neal, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 10am to 5pm @ RDM Seminar Room A, Level 6 West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital

Training for new or inexperienced managers, covering objective setting, praise and improvement. This course forms part of the ‘Management and Supervision’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Places are limited to 24.

Project management

Bill Dunn, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 9.30am to 4.30pm @ OCDEM Lecture Theatre, Churchill Hospital

This workshop is designed as an introduction to the concepts of project management, and has been written with a view to the more common practices at Oxford University. This course forms part of the ‘Career Development’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Places are limited to 24.

Managing Researchers: An introduction for postdocs

Bill Dunn, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Wednesday, 09 May 2018, 9.30am to 4.30pm @ WTCHG Room K, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, Old Road Campus

This workshop seeks to explore what it means to manage others, what makes a research group productive and what the role of the manager is at each stage of a researcher’s contract or career. This course forms part of the ‘Management and Supervision’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Places are limited to 24.

Coaching skills for managers

Sharon Neal, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Wednesday, 06 June 2018, 10am to 1pm @ RDM Seminar Room A, Level 6 West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital

This workshop will introduce participants to the role and benefits of coaching, and when and how coaching skills can be used to support effective line management practice. This workshop forms part of the ‘Management and Supervision’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Places are limited to 24.

RDM Learning and Development Programme Registration

The aim of the RDM Learning and Development (L&D) programme is to provide opportunities for RDM staff and students to avail of training courses that will enhance their learning and development.

Developing your career

Ruth McCaffrey and Leanne Hodson

Learning and Development Programme

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 10am to 12.30pm @ Lecture Theatre, OCDEM, Churchill Hospital

This workshop is aimed at research staff and will help you think about how to build up your CV so you can progress along whatever career path you choose, either in academia or away from academia.

RDM Career Day

Learning and Development Programme

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 9am to 5pm @ Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, University of Oxford, Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6HD

We are hosting a Career Day to showcase the range of scientific careers inside and outside of academia. There will be a chance to hear from professionals working across the industrial, policy, publishing and consultancy sectors, plus many more. In addition to a series of talks highlighting the different paths open to researchers, there will be hands-on workshops to develop important skills needed to get your next position.

Anti-bullying week 2017: Responsible Bystander Workshop

Learning and Development Programme

Monday, 13 November 2017, 2pm to 3.30pm @ Seminar Room A, RDM Level 6, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital

In this 90 minute workshop we explore your options as a bystander to bullying and harassment. This workshop, which will be opened by Prof Hugh Watkins, pulls together some of the theories behind why we act the way we do, with some practical ideas on what you can do in the moment and/or after an event. The session is part of Anti-Bullying Week 2017 (13-17 November).

Writing for a Public Audience

The Conversation

Learning and Development Programme

Thursday, 01 February 2018, 2pm to 4pm @ Conference Room, WIMM

Looking to sharpen your communications skills for a public audience? This course forms part of the ‘Communications’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme.

Grant Writing Workshop

Peter Dukes (Medical Research Council) and Ruth McCaffrey

Learning and Development Programme

Friday, 13 July 2018

An ideal workshop for postdocs planning to apply for grants in the near future. You will gain a great insight into how to structure a good grant application and what reviewers and review panels are looking for. This workshop forms part of the ‘Career Development’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme.

Coaching Skills for Managers

Bill Dunn, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Tuesday, 04 December 2018, 2.30pm to 4pm @ Seminar Room 2B George Pickering Education Centre Level 3, Academic Centre John Radcliffe Hospital

This workshop will introduce participants to the role and benefits of coaching, and when and how coaching skills can be used to support effective line management practice. This workshop forms part of the ‘Management and Supervision’ strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Places are limited to 25.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Bill Dunn, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 9.30am to 12pm @ Seminar Room, Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance, Level 0, JR, Oxford, OX3 9DU

This workshop enables individuals to practise the necessary skills to give and receive feedback in a clear, positive and constructive manner. This workshop forms part of the ‘Working Relationships' and 'Communications' strand of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Places are limited to 25.

Becoming a PDR Facilitator

Sharon Neale, Oxford Learning Institute

Learning and Development Programme

Friday, 08 February 2019, 9.30am to 11.30am @ Seminar Room, Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance, Level 0, JR, Oxford, OX3 9DU

Learn how to deliver short workshops for reviewees on how to prepare for and make the most of your PDR. Volunteers will be supported to run short workshops for reviewees across RDM. This workshop forms part of both the ‘Working Relationships' and 'Career Development' strands of the RDM Learning and Development Programme. Places are limited to 25.

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