UCL Human Resources


The Learning Hub - Remote, not Distant

Promoting webinars, events and training opportunities for UCL staff

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The Learning Hub provides information on a range of learning opportunities for all staff covering a range of topics.  However, this resource does not cover the internal portfolio of courses which are part of the UCL Learning & Development provision.  Full details of these learning opportunities can be found on the Learning & Development pages, which are managed and updated by colleagues in Organisational Development.

Having supportive conversations

Having skills to support others with their mental and emotional health is a useful skill in these challenging times. here is a selection of online courses to help you gain skills for supporting others.

  • Suicide - Let's Talk - a short 20-minute suicide prevention training offering information on how to talk to someone about suicide.
  • Charlie Waller Memorial Trust training - six online sessions designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer a first line of support to students who may have mental health issues.

Supporting students during times of change and uncertainty

If you are supporting students, Student Support and Wellbeing in Partnership with UCL Arena are offering sessions for  ‘Supporting students during times of change and uncertainty’. These sessions will run 3 times a week until September. 

Mental Health First Aid training for student-facing colleagues

To support our student-facing colleagues we are offering facilitated 1/2 day online
training to develop mental health awareness.

In this introductory course you will gain:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after their own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to offer support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Prior to the session you will be invited to book your place via MHFA website. This will have to be done no less than 7 days before your course date to ensure that you receive your training manual before the session. Please bear this in mind when selecting your training date.

You can book your place on this course via Learning and Development website or MyLearning platform.

BAME resources for managers and staff

  • The UCL IOE Library has a hub of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Education Resources and information. This guide seeks to be an inclusive hub for information relating to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in the UK with reference to education. The guide also provides a snapshot of the range of international resources available for a study of BAME experiences.

  • Now and forever, Oxfam has a profound responsibility not only to stand against institutionalised and systemic racism in society, but to work harder to become a better ally of the Black Lives Matter movement and global network. Why not take a look at their Tools to begin your journey towards anti-racism?

LinkedIn Learning

As a growing number of companies pledge to root out racism and discrimination, it's more important than ever to keep informed. Below are resources from LinkedIn Learning — now available for free — that review current thinking and best practices on essential diversity, inclusion and belonging topics such as bias, allyship and accountability.

Courses include:

Videos and Webinars  

The Remote, not Distant video

The Remote not Distant Team has created a video to talk you through the key themes, resources and learning material that are on the Remote not Distant Web Pages. 

We recognise that information can often feel overwhelming and so we have created a video that talks you through the five key channels of information on the pages  which include: You and your Environment, Managing and Leading remotely, You and the UCL Community, Self-Care and Dealing with Difficult Situations. The video highlights some key resources and helps you to navigate the webpages. 

Whether you watch the video on your own, as part of an online team event , or discuss in 1:1s to support your team’s welfare we encourage you to watch it and to familiarise yourself with the support and guidance that is available to UCL staff right now.

Pearn Kandola Webinar Series

Pearn Kandola are a business-psychology consultancy who have been running webinars throughout lockdown focusing on issues such as race and wellbeing.  We are featuring their series of webinars on Remote, not Distant which can be shared freely amongst teams/groups. Their website also contains a range of free resources which people managers may find helpful.

'Exploring Different Facets of Race at Work' Webinar Series - 19th-23rd October 2020

The next series of webinars examines the topic of race from a variety of different angles: historical (racial trauma), statistical (the race pay gap), behavioural (countering micro-incivilities), psychological (belonging), and emotional (having meaningful conversations). Each webinar will focus on the different dimension of race, in particular, in the workplace. The webinars will have practical actions that people can take and, more important than that, is the dialogue and discussion that will be generated.

  • Monday, 19 October 2020 from 09:15 to 10:00 - Why do we Have to Keep Talking about The Slave Trade?
  • Tuesday, 20 October 2020 from 09:15 to 10:00 - Tackling the Race Pay Gap
  • Wednesday, 21 October 2020 from 09:15 to 10:00 - Managing Micro-Incivilities in the Workplace
  • Thursday, 22 October 2020 from 09:15 to 10:00 - Celebrating our Diversity and Promoting Belonging
  • Friday, 23 October 2020 from 09:15 to 10:00 - Why are the Topics of Race and Racism so Difficult to Talk About?

Places can be booked here

'Creating a Truly Inclusive Organisation' Webinar Series - September 2020

Ahead of National Inclusion Week, in this webinar series we will take a closer look at what makes a truly inclusive organisation. Throughout this week of webinars, we will explore what actually makes a difference when we talk about inclusion at work; the strengths and development areas of leaders regarding inclusion, as well as how we can most effectively embed inclusion into key processes such as recruitment and positive action programmes to support promotion.  

'The Psychology of Remote Working' Webinar Series - September 2020

In the midst of the recent rise of remote working, our next series of webinars looks in depth at the psychology of remote working. We look at how to lead a remote team; how to manage performance; how we adapt to remote working; the bias associated within remote working; and all the lessons we have learnt from this. 

'Race & Wellbeing in Organisations' Webinar Series - August 2020

There is increasing interest in wellbeing in organisations which is a move to be welcomed. However, too often a ‘one-size fits all’ approach is adopted which also means that the experience of being a minority in organisations is ignored. This series of webinars is designed to coincide with the publication of our new book entitled ‘Free to Soar: Race & Wellbeing in Organisations.’ This series of webinars covers some of the main themes in the book and addresses experiences that many minorities routinely endure at work and yet only rarely have the opportunity to have them acknowledged.

'How can you make the world fairer?' Webinar series - June 2020

"The topic of racism is being debated everywhere at the moment. There are many different opinions on it, but we thought as business psychologists, we would share with you what we know works to reduce racism, bias, and issues like this in the workplace. We would therefore like to invite you to a series of webinars all about race in organisations, and more importantly, what you can do about it" 

Care First Webinars

Our Employee Assistance Programme provider are offering daily webinars on a range of wellbeing topics.  Some of the previously recorded webinars, as well as useful articles and access to emotional and practical support are available on the Care first website. UCL employees can login with username: uclstaff and password: bentham.

Training opportunities for managers

Managing Remotely: Supporting you and Your Team’s Well-Being 

Following the move to remote working, Faculty Futures developed and delivered a series of webinars for managers, based on the ‘Circles of Influence’ learning tool.  We have further developed the content of these webinars to provide a new online course for people Managers across UCL. This is the first in a series of webinars aimed at supporting both people Managers and their staff, in a remote working environment.

Registration is now open through the Course Catalog: Managing Remotely: Supporting you and Your Team's Wellbeing.  Managers who have previsouly attended the 'Circles of Influence' training need not attend thsi course.

Important note: If the session you wish to join is fully subscribed, please select an alternative session date and confirm your enrolment onto that session.  We are not operating a waiting list for any of the sessions. 

  • 'Where do you draw the line?' is a harassment prevention approach collaboratively developed by UCL, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester and University of Oxford.
  • 'Taking the lead' is a bullying and harassment prevention workshop aimed at senior managers within departments.

Mental Health and Wellbeing training for Managers

Managers are managing teams remotely and/or managing anxieties and concerns about returning physically to the workplace from their staff. On line facilitated i-act workshops will equip managers with the confidence to best support the high levels of anxiety and depression that they are likely to come across and be more likely to spot the signs of suicide in their staff, leaving UCL people less vulnerable to the non-medical effects of COVID -19.

i-act equips managers with over 50 practical tools to support them during this phase plus over 95 agencies/organisations to refer on to.  Trainers are experienced facilitators at UCL and an also refer to internal resources.  i-act shares tools for promoting positive wellbeing in the workplace (or virtual workplace) that managers can adapt to build resilience within their teams as well as receiving guidance and advice on how to connect with colleagues who may be experiencing a mental health or wellbeing issue.

You can book your place on this course via Learning and Development website or MyLearning platform. The bookings will close 12 days before the session to allow enough time to request further information from each of the participants and to post manuals prior to the training. Around 10 days before the training, you will receive a form you will need to fill in to provide contact details.

Training opportunities for all staff

Digiconnect Online Training

Want to update your digital skills?  The ISD IT for SLASH team are currently running an online digital skills programme to enhance the knowledge and expertise of academic and professional service colleagues. The initiative is called DigiConnect Online a programme taking staff through an 8-week online agenda which constitutes a resource for supporting colleagues to utilise the latest applications and technologies to support their remote/online working and collaboration during the current Coronavirus pandemic. 

There is very limited availability remaining to join one of the remaining cohorts starting over the next three weeks. Details and information about the programme can be accessed here

Other external courses