Free management workshops in partnership with Cardiff Business School

The Professional Development Team are working in partnership with Cardiff Business School to develop 3 new management workshops.  They will be offered free as early morning taster sessions, to CPD delegates, and Cardiff Business School Alumni.

The 3 topics to be covered are; Customer Insights , Consulting Skills and Visual Management Techniques.  High demand for sessions has meant the number of delegate places has been increased, with limited availability remaining.  Delegates are attending from a variety of organisations across South Wales.  Attendees will receive a free USB toolkit with useful resources and templates to use in their own time.

For those that cannot attend, @CardiffUniCPD will be tweeting live from the workshops with key tips and topics.

  • Customer Insights will be delivered by Michelle Rose-Innes, an associate of Cardiff Business School and an expert in design and how it can be used to improve the customer experience.
  • Joe O’Mahoney will be delivering the Consulting Skills workshop.   Joe is a senior lecturer in organisational studies at the Cardiff Business School.
  • Sarah Lethbridge will be offering a Visual Management workshop.  Sarah is a practitioner in lean concepts and tools and is based in Cardiff Business School.

Full details available here:

www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/training/professional-development-membership-scheme/summer-breakfast-workshops/

Highly Commended Tutor

Jonathan Gunter with his certificateWe are proud to announce that Jonathan Gunter, who teaches at the Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning, has received a Highly Commended Essential Skills for Life Award from NIACE Dysgu Cymru.

Jonathan was nominated for his work with youth groups and his development of foundation level courses primarily in music, media, business and social enterprise on the Live Local Learn Local programme.

Working in South East Cardiff, Jonathan has successfully administered many informal accreditations to disadvantaged young people. Through courses, community events, workshops and youth clubs he has helped many young people realise their potential.

Tracy Breadmore-Lammas, Live Local Learn Local Project Co-ordinator at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: “Through his work with the youth in his local area, Jonathan saw an opportunity to use their interests and current activity to develop their skills and confidence for their future careers. By engaging them on courses that meet their specific needs, he has introduced them to future learning opportunities within Higher Education, a path that many had not previously considered.”

By going the extra mile with his teaching, Jonathan has created many exciting opportunities for his learners. As part of a social enterprise course he arranged for the students to present their business plans they had written in class to a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel that consisted of business mentors, community organisations, funding bodies and banks. He has also designed a research methods course for a youth group that introduced them to the foundational aspects of designing and delivering a basic research project.

Jonathan graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Psychology in 2006 and went on to study an MSc in Policy Research at Bristol University in 2007. He is now studying towards a PhD at Glamorgan University, which focuses on partnership work in community regeneration and youth work environments, whilst working as a Tutor on the Live Local Learn Local programme.

A visit from Xiamen University leaders

Vice Chancellor and the delegation holding up a Chinese pictureA senior delegation from Xiamen University has visited the University to find out more about how Cardiff and Xiamen can work together in the future.

Led by Zhan Xinli, Vice President of Xiamen University, the delegates  met with Cardiff’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Colin Riordan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Innovation & Engagement, Professor Hywel Thomas and the Director of the University’s International Office, Richard Cotton

Professor Riordan commended the positive role Cardiff Confucius Institute had been playing in promoting exchanges and cooperation between Cardiff and Xiamen and expressed his hope that more scholars and students from Cardiff might get a chance to visit or study in Xiamen University.

Vice President Zhan Xinli put forward her constructive opinions concerning the bilateral development and cooperation and she made it clear that Xiamen University will do everything possible to support Cardiff Confucius Institute in order to actively promote the overall and multi-lateral cooperation and exchanges between the two universities.

Executive Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, Professor Anthony Beresford said: “The Confucius Institute not only provides comprehensive services for promoting Chinese language and culture but also has become a platform and a bridge for exchange, through which more Cardiff University students and staff should be involved in the future.”