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Durham University

Organisation Development

Keep Learning

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem, helping you to build a sense of purpose and helping you to connect with others.

Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.

"Even in these difficult times, taking a few minutes out to learn something new or consider something from a different angle can be a great way of refocusing your attention and developing your skills."

Professor Nic Whitton, Director of Durham Centre for Academic Development

Got 5 minutes?

  1. Take a look at the HR-Organisation Development web pages to see what development opportunities are available and to find ideas for leading and supporting colleagues through change.

  2. Want to find out more about teaching and learning? Lots of short articles are available in the DCAD knowledge bank.

  3. Here are some quick top tips from the Health and Safety Service of health and safety actions to carry out:

    • Take some time to check how your computer is set up at home, following the tips available on our webpage

    • Have a stretch and relax those muscles, tips on how to stretch at your desk can be found in this poster

    • Book a one to one risk assessment coaching session with one of our H&S Business Partners

    • Book onto online training sessions we will be running over the next few weeks.

  4. Check out the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team's web pages on Race Equality First and hear from our Deputy VC and Provost about why racisim and division is not welcome in our University community.

  5. Working from Home: How to Report Information Security Incidents and Weaknesses. Managing personal data – and commercially confidential information - whilst working from home is not without risk, especially if it’s not your normal work environment. The University tries to provide processes and systems that minimise risks, and it also trains and provides guidance to help staff to manage information appropriately. However, there are internal and external factors that can result in inappropriate disclosure or loss of personal data, or that can highlight where there are vulnerabilities that may need addressing. If the breach is significant, the GDPR allows us only 72 hours from becoming aware to notifying the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can help by reporting incidents in a timely manner. Be prepared by reading up on how to Report an information security incident or weakness. For more information about data protection and broader information governance, please visit the Information Governance web pages.

Got more than 5 minutes?

  1. HR-Organisation Development – Online Personal Development: Colleagues who are currently working differently may wish to access online alternatives to the taught programmes offered by the OD Team.

    Financial education and wellbeing experts Neyber and Salary Finance have recently made all of their content on these subjects free to help individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. The hub contains education, guides, articles and other content you and your families may find useful during these times of rapid change and financial uncertainty. Please find further information and a link to the hub here.

    Take a look at Durham University's online Library (Bookboon). This has 100s of educational eBooks about various topics, learn how to improve your personal effectiveness or improve your skills in PowerPoint or Excel. The eBooks download directly into PDF.

    Complete a Personal Development Workbook for your job role and create your own personal development plan utilising online resources.

  2. Explore the DCAD guide to teaching online

  3. Health and Safety

    There are a range of short training modules available on DUO. We’d suggest starting off with the Introduction to Risk Assessment module, then dipping into other hazard specific ones which are relevant to your work. There is also a Remote Working DSE training module available.

  4. GDPR FAQs and guidance

    The University has developed some FAQs and supporting guidance for staff on different aspects of data protection and the GDPR. Browse our GDPR FAQs and guidance and learn how to help, protect and manage data.

    For more information about data protection and broader information governance, please visit the Information Governance web pages.

  5. Complete the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion related on-line learning packages:

    Sign into DUO

    In the My Organisations and Online Training section

    Select ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Nov 2019)’

    And you may also wish to explore ‘Unconscious Bias’

Are there any other ways you have found to Keep Learning at Durham?

If so, please access the CIS Help us Help You Team. In this Team there is a Wellbeing and Working Differently channel – colleagues can share content about mental and physical health, wellbeing and balancing work and family life. All users can add, like and interact with posts.