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CAPOD – Supporting Professional Skills Development for Entrepreneurial Researchers

CAPOD – Supporting Professional Skills Development for Entrepreneurial Researchers Back in November 2015, CAPOD provided 2 workshops for Researchers as part of the Passport to Research Futures programme.  These events were delivered by experts in the field, Dr Ewan Chirnside … Continue reading

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Awakening students to the value of feedback

Introduction Student feedback, particularly in relation to assessed work, is a hot topic. Various initiatives over the years have focused on ways to improve levels of student engagement and satisfaction with feedback but it continues to be both a challenging … Continue reading

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The Academic Skills Project

1. Background: Following a successful Enhancement Themes Funding Application, three PhD students in the School of History introduced a series of academic skills workshops for History undergraduates in 2012. In the summer of 2014 the scheme was expanded, via CAPOD, … Continue reading

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Polishing Up – the impact of professionalising training for Estates Cleaning Staff

Background CAPOD runs several extremely successful Passport to Excellence development programmes for different groups of professional staff in the University. One such group is the Estates Cleaning Team. The Cleaning Manager approached CAPOD in 2011 to see if we could … Continue reading

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Winning Research Funding

Posted on behalf of Emma Compton-Daw Background Winning Research Funding is a full day workshop for postdoctoral research assistants, fellows and early career academics who are just starting out on their independent research careers. Participants attend the courses to learn … Continue reading

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Introduction to University Teaching modules

Background These optional, 10-credit Masters-level modules were introduced in academic year 2009-10 (for ID5101) and 2010-11 (for ID5102). Introduction to University Teaching 1: Supporting Student Learning (ID5101) Introduction to University Teaching 2: Curriculum Design and Assessment (ID5102) They were specifically … Continue reading

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Microsoft Certifications: Performance IT

Background The Microsoft Office Specialist Certification program (or MOS for short) was introduced 2 years ago to give staff and students the opportunity to accredit their IT skills in using the Microsoft Office suite of programs. To gain a certification … Continue reading

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Performance management training: Line managers’ experience of performance management, their attitudes towards it and the impact of training.

1. Introduction As part of a larger project to explore performance management in the Institution, CAPOD (University’s Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development) recently ran a survey of line managers to find out more about their attitude towards performance … Continue reading

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Managing the sands of time…how are we doing?

Since the inception of CAPOD in May 2011, our Time Management workshop has been attended by over 180 people across the University. It has proven to be one of our most popular workshops, and anecdotally the feedback has been largely … Continue reading

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A masterful focus

As this blog has illustrated, CAPOD’s impact emanates from a wide range of sources; workshops, coaching, 1:1s, funding opportunities, internal reviews, mentoring, and so on. Another mechanism that can lead to impactful change is the use of the simple focus … Continue reading

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