The Professional Skills Curriculum is a new programme designed to give undergraduates the skills needed in the modern professional workplace. The programme will take the format of a series of weekly seminars and workshops helping you to improve your skills across the board, from giving a pitch to creating a marketing campaign to best Saatchi & Saatchi! The seminars will take place every Wednesday evening, at 6pm, in School 1 in Semester 1 (unless otherwise stated) and every Thursday in School 2 in Semester 2. They will be delivered by professionals and students, all of whom have extensive real-world experience in the topic of their workshop and will be able to give you the best possible advice. No registration is required to attend any of the workshops, and you are welcome to come along to one, some, or all of the events.
If you attend eight or more of the sessions you will receive a certificate from CAPOD and the Studentsâ€™ Association. You can start attending at any point in the year and you will receive a Passport to Professional Skills on which you can collect stamps confirming your attendance. While some of the workshops will be of particular use to society committee members, they are open to anyone to attend and will cover transferrable skills which will hopefully be of use to anyone considering a career in a professional environment. Please see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/capod for further information about professional development and how the University can help you.
Society Funding and the Professional Skills Curriculum This year there will be additional society funding available to those societies who send committee members to three or more of the workshops. Please email David Graves, the Director of Student Development and Activities (DoSDA) for further information at dosda@st-andrews. ac.uk
The seminar schedule is as follows:
Fundraising and Sponsorship
5th October 2011, School 1: Ok, so youâ€™ve got a great plan of events for the year and a long list of members, but the bank account is pretty empty. This session will give you a chance to explore what you can do to raise money and attract sponsorship. Be warned â€“ there are no easy answers! Securing sponsors and fundraising take a lot of work. It would be helpful if your Society could send 2-3 people to this session, who might form the nucleus of your money generating efforts.
Marketing your organization
12th October 2011, School 1: Dr William Barlow from the School of Management will lead a session outlining the fundamentals of marketing and help you to review and improve your own marketing strategy for your society or organisation. This workshop will be of particular benefit to society marketing officers, but all students are welcome to attend.
Managing a committee
19th October 2011, School 1 This session will look at the key elements of managing a committee; namely how best to manage people, time and projects. Participants will learn about different team role behaviours and be asked to think about their own management style. This workshop will be of particular benefit to society
presidents, but all students are welcome to attend.
Staging an event
26th October 2011, School 5: Planning and preparation can make a crucial difference in how successful your society event it. This workshop will be led by Kate Andrews, who has had extensive event planning experience, having co-ordinated the hugely successful Mermaids Christmas Ball amongst other events. The workshop will guide you through the key things to consider when planning an event. This workshop will be of particular benefit to society events officers, but all students are welcome to attend.
The Philosophy of Poster Design
2nd November 2011, School 1: A well designed poster can be an extremely powerful way to communicate a message. However it can often be harder than expected to design effective posters. This session will highlight some design fundamentals. Students will then be given feedback on any posters they want to bring to the session.
Speaking to a large audience
16th November 2011, School 1: Addressing a large group of people can be terrifying. This workshop will look at things to think about when planning a speech or presentation to a large crowd. Participants will also discuss strategies for delivering the speech and presentation itself.
Holding a meeting, taking minutes and written communication
23rd November 2011, School 1: In the workplace you may be tasked with minuting a meeting. This session looks at some key things to bear in mind when holding a meeting, and explores tips and techniques for taking
minutes and a template for writing them up.
Web page design
30th November 2011, Old Psychology Library, St Maryâ€™s Quad: Almost every organisation has its own website, and in the workplace you may be charged with designing or maintaining webpages. Led by a member of the Universityâ€™s web design team, this session will look at what makes a great web page. Participants will get ideas about the best layout for web pages and how to best convey information. (This workshop will not include technical web skills).
Objective setting and project planning
7th December 2011, School 1: At work, you may be expected to work on several projects simultaneously. This session will look at a typical project lifecycle, how you may best coordinate a project team and outline some simple techniques like taskboard and gantt charts that you could use. INTERSEMESTER BREAK
Time management for the workplace
16th February 2012, School 2: This session will give participants a chance to think about likely time management issues in the workplace. Participants will look at a range of approaches to time management issues including various tips and techniques for planning and prioritising work as well as behavioural aspects of time management such as how to avoid procrastination.
23rd February 2012, School 2: This workshop will consider some of the theory and practice in interpersonal communication, including non-verbal communication, language, questioning and active listening;
invaluable skills for the workplace.
1st March 2012, School 2: Learning how to budget when you come to university can be difficult, but once mastered will make life much more pleasant! This session will look at various aspects of personal budgeting as well as touching upon aspects of personal finance which you will face in later life, such as pensions and taxation.
Assertiveness Skills and Building confidence
8th March 2012, School 2: Assertiveness is a style of behaving which allows you to express your wants and needs without harming the wants and needs of others. This session will look at exactly what assertive behaviour is, and some practical tips and techniques to help participants behave in an assertive way.
Basics of marketing
15th March 2012, School 2: This session will outline the fundamentals of marketing, and encourage participants to think about how organisations market themselves, and how they may transfer some of this learning to their own self-marketing.
How work teams work
22nd March 2012, School 2: This session will introduce participants to a team life-cycle model and look at the Belbin theory of team role behaviour. Participants will gain an understanding of how work teams may function and the preferred roles different individuals may take.
12th April 2012, School 2: Almost every organisation has its own website, and in the workplace you may be charged with designing or maintaining webpages. This session will look at what makes a great web page. Participants will get ideas about the best layout for web
pages and how to best convey information. (This workshop will not include technical web skills).
19th April 2012, School 2 Coaching can be a valuable tool to help make a shift from where you are now in life, to where you want to be. Helen Butt from the Universityâ€™s Careers Centre will help you gain an understanding of how to use coaching tools to coach yourself â€“ a skill that you may use time and time again throughout your working life.
Presentation skills and public speaking
26th April 2012, School 2: Addressing a large group of people can be terrifying. This workshop will look at things to think about when planning a speech or presentation to a large crowd. Participants will also discuss strategies for delivering the speech and presentation itself.
Catalogue for the University of St Andrews Professional Skills Curriculum