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30 July 2015, 1-2pm - Expanding Your Horizon (Coaching Session) - Annie Watts, UCL Organisational Development

UCL supports coaching as a powerful development tool that enables staff to enhance the impact they have in their areas of work and/or life. This bespoke lunchtime seminar, run by Annie Watts, Organisational Development Consultant at UCL, will combine the benefits of coaching and networking by offering practical tips and resources to assist with:

  • helping staff to manage work and caring responsibilities more effectively;
  • thinking how to have more flexible/agile approaches to work;
  • learning about the importance of defining goals and outcomes, careful questioning and considerate listening to explore issues and aims;
  • the opportunity to develop some appropriate skills and strategies and feel focused and supported to take action.

It is also a great chance to exchange ideas and discuss issues relating to work and/or home in open and informal environment. Please come prepared with an example of an issue or area (relating to work or life) that you would be willing to discuss and focus on during the session.
The talk will last for about an hour and there will be an opportunity for Q&A.  Light refreshments will be provided but please feel free to bring your lunch.
Booking Information:
If you would like to attend, please register using Eventbrite by following the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parents-and-carers-together-pact-network-event-tickets-17765922352 . Please enter the following  password to make your booking: PACTJULY15
If you have any queries, contact Zara Chaudhry at z.chaudhry@ucl.ac.uk.

Equalities & Diversity Blog

May 17 2013

Sir Stephen Wall, UCL Chair of Council, reflects on International Day Against Homophobia:

'IDAHO , famous for potatoes'. That, until a year ago, was as much as I knew: a thirty old recollection of an American car number plate.

IDAHO, as in International Day against Homophobia, sprang off the internet into my consciousness a year ago: an international day, marked by as many of us as possible in as many countries as possible. And, of course, our minds turn to people such as Bisi Alimi and John Bosco Nyombi, from Nigeria and Uganda respectively, who have both spoken at U C L in the last year: refugees because of their sexuality, brothers of ours who cannot, except in peril of their lives, return to their own countries.

But what about closer to home? I am not the most representative person to talk about coming out, having taken 40 years to pluck up the courage to do just that. But the discussions we have in the LGBT+ staff group, and the experiences of colleagues, suggest that being out as a gay or lesbian man or woman is still not straightforward. If I was 18 today, roughly the age when I knew that I was physically attracted to my own sex, there would be huge advances in law and attitudes to empower me. But what if I heard, as we have, the Anglican Archbishop of York compare the Government's same sex Marriage Bill to the actions of the worst dictators? Or the Archbishop of Lyon liken homosexuality to incest and, by implication, incite the faithful to violence against it? That would - does - make me feel that, even now, my sexuality can be distorted to confine, as well as define, me.

For me, UCL has been the open space I could come out into. Do we yet have a space wide enough to allow us all to spread our wings?

Stephen Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 29th July 2015