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Bite-size workshops offer new skills for staff

Posted on 01/06/2012

Staff learn about the landscaped flowerbeds as part of the Campus Walk session

Royal Holloway, University of London staff headed back to the classroom for a series of workshops for the College's annual Learning at Work Day yesterday (31 May)

The annual awareness campaign promotes and supports workplace learning with the aim of highlighting the importance of developing new skills.

Staff from across the College took time out of their day to take part in the programme of bite-sized workshops that were fun and of practical use.

The sessions included a Personal Presence and Impact workshop that provided the opportunity to review personal perception offering practical tips to enhance impact in the workplace; a Be Your Own Life Coach workshop that provided coaching tools to help you realise your goals; and a Massage – it's effects and techniques course that offered an introduction to basic massage.

The regular Campus Walk session proved popular amongst staff who were keen to learn more about the landscaped flowerbeds and the array of trees and foliage within the College grounds.

Polly Dalton, Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, said: “It was interesting to learn how much care and planning goes into the design and maintenance of the varied landscapes we enjoy at Royal Holloway. It was a privilege to hear about this process from two members of the College’s highly skilled gardening team and I will be looking more closely at the plants and trees around campus in future.”

Barbara Davis, Faculty Manager for Science, added: “I loved hearing about the Tulip tree outside Founder’s which I have watched changing with the seasons for 15 years! It is a beautiful tree from North America with very distinctive leaves and a lovely symmetrical shape. I knew I had a connection with this tree - I spent eight years of my childhood in Canada and have just learnt from Wikipedia that it is apparently also sometimes called “canoewood” as it has been used for the construction of dugout canoes by Eastern Native Americans.”

For more information about learning opportunities within the College, visit the Staff Development pages.


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