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Free online learning opportunities for staff this term

20 January 2021

In this article we outline some of the bite-sized free online courses available to staff this term.

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Explore the full range of learning options available on our Learning and Development webpage. We are continually refreshing the range of learning on offer.

  • Mixed Mental Arts | Self-paced series to suit your schedule | Enrol here

A unique Mixed Mental Arts™ programme from award-winning Tough Cookie, a guided seven-week journey of short playful experiments, the latest psychology and neurobiology research and a toolkit of practical techniques. Ideal for anyone working under pressure or wanting to adopt new coping strategies. 

Designed for student-facing staff to develop mental health awareness and improve knowledge of common mental health conditions so that we can provide the best support to our students during these challenging times. To view and enrol in other dates, navigate to this course dates page.

  • Leading wellbeing conversations | 11 February, 10am–1:30pm | Enrol here 

Accredited course to help leaders and managers create and sustain psychologically safe working environments; learning how to develop a working culture that has a positive impact on the performance of their team, looking after our people and empowering others to look after themselves and each other. To view and enrol in other dates, navigate to this course dates page.

  • Financial wellbeing: foundation | 2 February, 11am–12pm | Enrol here

Ideal for early/mid-career staff needing to learn the basics of financial planning. 

  • Coping with loss | 3 February, 10–11:30am | Enrol here

Suitable for anyone who would benefit from a safe space with an experienced coach to reflect on their needs in the workplace and share their ideas with others following a personal bereavement. 

  • Financial wellbeing: protection | 4 February, 11–12pm | Enrol here

Ideal for early/mid-career staff needing general advice on personal financial planning to protect lifestyle and financial dependents if income is lost through ill health or death. 

  • Courageous conversations (two-part series) | Starts 2 February, 10–11:45am | Enrol here 

Helps managers learn new strategies for challenging conversations such as giving constructive feedback etc. This has a follow-up optional session to complement with two sessions to choose from on 10 February (limited seats)

  • Introduction to coaching skills | 11 February, 11–11:45am | Enrol here  

Managers will be introduced to simple tools and techniques they can use to develop people effectively.  

  • Preparing for maternity/adoption | 24 February, 10am–12pm | Enrol here

For mothers-to-be seeking a safe space to explore practical tools and resources together in preparation for parenthood or adoption.

  • Pre-retirement planning (two-part series) | Starts 24 February, 10am–1pm | Enrol here

For anyone who is retiring imminently or considering retirement within the next two years. Introduces the issues affecting your retirement financially and focuses on the occupational pension schemes such as USS and SAUL. This has a journey of a required follow-up session scheduled on 25 February and you will be auto enrolled. 

  • Risk management essentials (two-part series) | Starts 1 March, 10am–12pm | Enrol here

Suitable for anyone who would benefit from learning new approaches for managing and mitigating risk as part of everyday work at UCL. This has a journey of required follow-up sessions scheduled on 3 and 9 March, and you will be auto enrolled.  All three sessions must be completed in sequence.  

  • Preparing for a career break/sabbatical | 10 March, 10am–12pm | Enrol here

Ideal for staff preparing to take an extended period of leave of more than six weeks to help them reflect on the possible emotions they are experiencing and support them with practical preparations.  

  • Returning from maternity/adoption | 10 March, 10am–12pm | Enrol here

For female identifying staff, seeking a safe space to discuss practical implications of returning to work and to explore strategies for finding a good balance between family and work life.
If you have any questions, or if you’re having technical issues with enrolment, please get in touch directly and we will be happy to support you.