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Christchurch Programme

There is a scheduled programme of courses and workshops planned for the Christchurch Campus. As well as the programmed training, staff can access any eLearning modules.

For any more information about these courses, please contact either or your local Senior HR Adviser.


Communication: navigating roadblocks

This interactive workshop encourages you to discover ways of using communication to build productive and professional relationships based on mutual respect.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Create solutions to common communication problems
  • Apply techniques that can increase your current level of assertiveness
  • Use the DESC model of feedback to facilitate mutually assertive communication

Date: Monday 28 August, 9:30-10:15am

Cost: No charge

Leadership with a Small ‘L’

This interactive workshop is designed to explore the idea of leadership as a practice even when you have no formal authority. We will also discuss the idea of self-leadership.

By the end of this course you will have discussed the following:

  • What does leadership mean to me personally?
  • Are there other ways to look at leadership than just formal authority?
  • What type or form of leader do I wish to be and for whom?

Date: Monday 25 September, 9:30-10:15am

Cost: No charge

PDR Information Session

The PDR Information Sessions provide staff with an awareness of the purpose and importance of the PDR process, and an understanding of the preparation needed to get the most out of the review.

These sessions will be linked from the Dunedin campus via video conference

These sessions are free, and cover:

  • What is PDR about?
  • The PDR process
  • The competencies
  • PDR preparation


Planning for Retirement

The key to a good retirement is careful planning. This 2-hour seminar with Brian Donnelly, Adviser - Superannuation & Staff Benefits, will assist you in this.

Whether two, ten or twenty years away, it is never too early for you to start planning for your retirement. Retirement needs are varied and issues such as finances, lifestyle, and social networks play an important role. The University has policies and support to assist you in planning for your retirement, in addition to a subsidised Superannuation Scheme that can help you become financially independent in retirement.

Date: TBC


PDR: developing your staff

Learning objectives: By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Conduct a skills audit within your team
  • Identify development needs for individuals
  • Work with staff to instate a development plan

Session approach:

This is an online course which you can work through at your own pace. There is also downloadable quick reference resources to help you in considering development options for your staff.

Intended audience: Those with responsibility for conducting PDRs.

Cost: No charge

Launch the course

PDR: Supporting the Process

Learning objectives: At the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Assess your own PDR approach
  • Consider new ways of managing the process

Session Approach:

This online course is designed to support managers through the PDR process. You can use the self-assessment tool, watch video interviews with a number of managers from around the University and access downloadable resources.

Intended audience: Those with responsibility for conducting PDRs.

Cost: No charge

Launch the course

PDR: making the most of your PDR

Learning objectives: By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Prepare for your annual PDR meeting
  • Clarify your own development needs
  • Align your needs to departmental/University objectives
  • Research relevant development options
  • Practice assertive communication techniques
  • Provide feedback to your manager

Session approach:

This interactive course focuses largely on personal reflection, planning development and effective communication within the PDR. It even gives you the ability to download a PDF of the reflection activities that you can take with you to your PDR meeting.

Intended audience: Anyone interested in driving their own professional development forward.

Cost: No charge

Launch the course

Writing Procedures: making it simple

Learning objectives: By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Apply the ‘Think, Plan, Write, Revise’ model to construct an effective procedure
  • Use writing techniques and structures that contribute towards logical procedures
  • Recognise formatting and layout conventions that provide clarity to your audience

Session approach:

This is a course that integrates self-paced online resources with a one-on-one feedback opportunity. You will become familiar with a four-stage writing framework via a series of short online modules. You will then have the opportunity to forward one draft procedure to a member of the professional development team for feedback.
You can enrol at any time.

Intended audience: Anyone who is required to write procedures.

Cost: $45

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