Learning at Work week 2018

networked for learning

Learning at Work week is an annual, nationwide initiative encouraging organisations to find new ways to engage with and develop their staff.

This year's theme is 'Networked for Learning', and in the week of 11 June, individuals and teams across LSE are running sessions (listed below) to upskill colleagues and share knowledge. 

All sessions are for all LSE staff!  So that we can manage numbers, we do ask that you book through the Training and Development system

If your preferred session is full, please go on the waiting list and we will explore options for additional capacity / sessions.

If you're interested in running a session, please contact the Organisational Learning team at hr.learning@lse.ac.uk.

Personal Cyber Security - Kieran Fowler, London Metropolitan Police

Have you ever wondered what a hacker could find out about you? Or... what they (or you!) could find out about a colleague?

Detective Constable Kieran Fowler is part of the Organised Crime Command (FALCON) team at the London Metropolitan Police.  Part of his work involves advising individuals and businesses on cyber security and potential risks to manage and avoid - and the repercussions if they don't!

He's here to make suggestions about how we can become more cyber safe... and will be sharing what he could found out about you.

Thursday 14 June, 12.30 - 13.30, book here.

Room101 - Minouche Shafik & Andrew Young

If you were a member of SMC,  what would you put in Room101 and why?

To launch Learn@Work week and continue School strategy discussions,  Minouche Shafik and Andrew Young are sharing what they would put in their Room101 – at a personal, LSE and global level.

Do you think you’ll agree with them? Come along to join the conversation to find out.

Monday 11 June, 14:00 - 15:00, book here.

Flying Start Induction

The Flying Start Induction is a one day event that aims to help new staff gain greater appreciation of the wider organisational context and offers new networking opportunities.

The day is designed to help you settle into your new place of work as smoothly as possible: it offers you the chance to network with other new starters and department / division representatives, find out more about our services, and explore some of the training and development opportunities available to you.

Thursday 14 June, 10.00 - 16.30, book here.

Escape the city with the Orchard Project

We have limited spaces on this volunteering wellbeing opportunity for LSE staff and students to get out in a community orchard, at Wild Cat Wilderness (gate at no 53 Riverview Park, London SE6 4PL, nearest stations are Catford or Catford Bridge).

You will learn all about orchard care and then get stuck in for a mulching blitz where you will be adding bulky organic matter around the base of the trees! This is really important as it prevents competition from grass and other plants whilst retaining moisture and building humus in the soil. If you want to find out more check out the blog “Mulch ado about nothing”.

After the mulching, if there is the time you will get involved in a bramble bashing session! This means cutting away brambles and unwanted plants from around the trees to give them space to grow.

After a good mornings work volunteers will be able to enjoy bring & share picnic amongst the trees with refreshments provided by The Orchard Project.

In the afternoon there will be an informative summer pruning workshop on plum trees, if there is anyone who would like to stay on for this please ask that they let Lizzie know in advance (elizabeth@theorchardproject.org.uk or on 07889951054).

Read full details about the day here.

Thursday 14 June, 10.00 - 13.00, book here.

Presentation Skills - Annie Clarke

When presenting to others, can you really 'fake it till you make it'?  If not, what can you do to make your presentations more interesting, engaging, and memorable?  

Annie Clarke is an experienced and engaging trainer and facilitator. Having completed an MBA with a focus on creativity, she now works across various sectors inspiring session attendees to deliver creative and memorable training sessions.

She is running this half day taster session to give you a variety of tips and techniques to help you prepare and deliver unforgettable presentations.

Wednesday 13 June, 10.00 - 13.00, book here.

I don't do politics... well, not at work! - Laura Dawson, LSE Director of IMT

Organisational politics and how to navigate them is not everyone’s cup of tea but ignoring them may be holding you back.  

In all organisations understanding the political landscape and why you need to map it, is an essential skill.  This is not game theory or how to manipulate people but how to improve collaboration, connections and, ultimately, organisational success.  

Laura Dawson (our own Director of IMT)  has been a leader of technology teams for over 25 years and when she started out… she really didn’t do politics... learning the hard way is, hopefully not the only way.

This session is to help anyone who has to influence beyond their own authority or to engage in tricky conversations in the work environment.  

Tuesday 12 June, 11.00 - 12.00, book here.

Beveridge 2.0: challenging the HR profession! - Indi Seehra, LSE Director of HR

Who should attend?
Those interested in what “work” or employment may mean for us 25 years from now – its role in society, what work is and indeed how many of us will be at “work”, involved in wealth creation. Is the future about large corporations, or is it about speed and innovation through individuals and small entities?


What will happen in the session?
Two alternatives views of the future of work and what it means will be presented to encourage a debate on how radical a shift  the UK will have from how the way we work is organised in society today. Would it sit in an organisational context? The skills which will be valued? Will professions such as HR and IT be replaced by technology enabled robots? 70% of us would consider using treatments to enhance their brains and body if this improved employment prospects.


What people should get out of the session?
A realisation that the world of work is changing rapidly and indeed redefining society structures and how people view the meaning of living.


What people need to do beforehand and need to bring with them?
An open mind to the future

Tuesday 12 June, 14.00 - 15.00, book here.

“Google it”: how to do it better - Andra Fry & Sonia Gomes

Do you sometimes feel lost when searching on Google?
Can’t find what you need?
Overwhelmed by all the results?
How do you know if you can trust what you find?

Join us to find out ways to use Google search more effectively and efficiently. 

Wednesday 13 June, 12.00 - 13.00, book here.

Listening Skills - Annie Clarke

Listening is a skill that can come naturally... or can be very carefully acquired!  Have you ever considered:
- How much time do you spend communicating each day, and how much of that communciation is effective?
- We are told to 'seek first to understand then to be understood' - but how do we ensure we really hear what's being said?  
- What does a good listener do and not do?  

Annie Clarke is an experienced and engaging trainer and facilitator. Having completed an MBA with a focus on creativity, she now works across various sectors inspiring session attendees to deliver creative and memorable training sessions.

She is running this half day taster session to help you identify and develop listening skills, ensuring you communicate more effectively with the people around you.

Wednesday 13 June, 14.00 - 17.00, book here.

LSE Campus Tour - Sue Donnelly

Where are LSE’S foundation stones, who suggested the LSE motto and what lies beneath the Library?

Find out the answer to these and other questions by joining LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, on a campus history tour.

Tuesday 12 June, 12.00 - 13.00, book here.

Let IT help you collaborate... - Sue Morton & Nedelin Velikov

Do you need to collaborate with your colleagues or associates outside of the LSE? Have you wondered what might be the best solution for you but felt bewitched and bewildered by all the options?

Come and meet Sue and Nedelin from the IMT training team who will discuss the differences between the LSE supported tools SharePoint, OneDrive and Filedrop. This interactive session will help you break the spell and better understand which one might provide the best solution for your requirements.

Monday 11 June, 13.00 - 14.00, book here.

The robots are coming!  Look busy!! - Laura Thomson

Advances in technology mean the world of work is changing at a pace not seen by any previous generation. A thriving workplace will be one that focuses people on the aspects of a job that are beyond an algorithm: operating in new ways of working that many of us have not yet been trained for.

In her TEDtalk, Laura Thomson discussed 3 urgent questions facing us right now:
1) How will leaders inspire great human performance in an increasingly automated or virtual workplace?
2) What impact does being less able to switch off from work have on our wellbeing and energy levels?
3) How can we best equip today’s children to prepare them for an optimistic and meaningful career in the future?  

Join us for this bite size session as Laura gives us a snapshot of her incredibly successful leadership development programme, helping us consider the necessary skills of front-line leaders in a technologically advanced workplace.

Wednesday 13 June, 10:00 - 11:30, book here.

The Student Experience - Esohe Uwadiae, LSESU

What’s it like to be an LSE student?  What could you be doing to improve the LSE student experience?  

The LSESU are running this session to give you some insights into the challenges of student life and some food for thought about what you could do to make a difference.

Tuesday 12 June, 15.30 - 16.30, book here.

LSE Library for work and play! - Andra Fry & Sonia Gomes

Are you studying outside of work?
Want to catch up with professional reading or news during your commute?
Looking to watch past TV programmes?
...LSE Library can help!

Drop in any time during the session to see how you can take advantage of resources like Browzine, FT.com, Box of Broadcasts etc. for work and play.

Tuesday 12 June, 13.00 - 14.00, book here.

GDPR - what does it look like now? - Gerta Karageorgi & Rachael Maguire

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force, but are you certain how to apply it in your work?  

To help ensure you know the types of scenarios you'll face (and how to manage them), we will take you through three ways GDPR will impact on the School and what you need to do.

Tuesday 12 June, 10.00 - 11.00 or Thursday 14 June, 14.00 - 15.00, book here.

Improv theatre skills - Steve Bond & Alexandria MacLeod

What is improv?
Improvisation theatre is the art of creating a performance with no script and no rehearsal. In other words, it is about making it up as you go along, and it’s usually very funny. You may be familiar with improv from the TV series Whose Line is it Anyway?, or the West End musical Showstopper!

What will we be doing?
This session is an introduction to improv for complete beginners. No previous experience of performance or drama is necessary, but a willingness to have fun is essential.

What you will get out of it?
You’ll learn the fundamentals of improvisation, and in the process you may discover abilities that you never dreamed you had! The skills that we will learn also have application in the off-stage world – in teaching, presenting, communicating and teamworking – and we will discuss those briefly at the end.

Who’s leading the workshop?
Steve Bond and Alexandria MacLeod are members of the improvisation group The Chandeliers, who perform the comedy murder-mystery show CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation to sell-out audiences up and down the UK.

Friday 15 June, 14:00 - 16:00, book here.

What's your digital identity? - Andra Fry & Sonia Gomes

We all have a presence online, whether it is in the profiles we build or the footprint we leave behind.
How do you want to present yourself online? 
What advantages or disadvantages are there?

Join us to find out what your digital identity is now and how to improve it. Please bring a mobile device with you.

Thursday 14 June, 11:00 - 12:00, book here.

At Last! Votes for Women - LSE Library tour with Gillian Murphy & Debbie Challis

Hear the stories behind the long and difficult campaign for women’s right to vote in this Centenary year.

The Women’s Library collection at LSE Library contains some of the most important materials charting the campaigns for equal rights.

Join us in the LSE Library Gallery to hear about the women and men involved in the campaign for the vote and how they did it. 

Monday 11 June, 12:30 - 13:00 or Friday 15 June, 13:00 - 13:30, book here.

Tools & Techniques to diversify your thinking - Gemma Stansfield

Want to think in new and creative ways? Then come to this session!

In just 45 minutes, we’ll practise a variety of tools and techniques to think creatively and generate ideas and perspectives, whatever the topic. No preparation needed. 

Wednesday 13 June, 12.00 - 12.45, book here.

A brief history of grime - Jon Emmett

A brief history of grime:  the story of London dirt, and what we can do about it

Discover the strange (and frankly disgusting) story of pollution and filth in London, from Elizabethan open sewers to present-day fat bergs.

In this interactive workshop (running as part of the staff seminar series) Jon Emmett and LSE's Sustainability team will get you thinking about how artists have been depicting pollution in songs, books and films throughout the ages. 

We’ll also look how we can tackle modern environmental issues in today’s London.

Wednesday 13 June, 12.00 - 13:30, book here.

Treasures of the LSE Library - Library Curators

LSE Library looks after an amazing collection of materials and objects that tell the story of campaigns for equal rights, for peace, for political rights and for social reform across several centuries. 

What stories do they tell of our past and how do they inform our present?

See and hear about the treasures on your doorstep, such as the colourful maps of Charles Booth’s London, or the prison diaries of suffragettes, or the letters, diaries and souvenirs from the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage.

Why not take time out to see some of those treasures and meet those who look after them. 

Wednesday 13 June, 13:00 - 14:00, book here.

Creative Writing (where do you get your ideas?) - Ellis Saxey & Geraldine Foley

Want to try writing fiction, but you’re not sure how to build a story?
Already writing, but want to proliferate your plots?

This session tackles the oldest question in fiction: where do you get your ideas?

LSE is famous for investigating the causes of things. Our work also digs into the context of things, and the impact of things. All of these perspectives can generate excellent start-points for a story!

We’ll use some creative games and exercises to spark ideas, expand some of these into snippets of writing, and then share your amazing results (this will be optional – nobody will be forced to read).

Please bring a pen, laptop, or whatever you feel comfortable writing on.

Ellis and Geraldine are both keen, time-starved writers, happy to meet others and share practice.

Wednesday 13 June, 15.00 - 16.30, book here.

Wellbeing @ LSE... what's out there? - Eleni Michael & Paul Glynn

Wellbeing... what’s out there?  What’s it all about? Where does it fit in at work? 

LSE is keen to support staff in many ways but often our busy schedules mean that these initiatives don’t get further than our “to do list”. 

This short session will give you an overview of wellbeing available at LSE with some take away points on how to improve the wellbeing of yourself and others.  Why not come along and find out more about wellbeing and how it could benefit and support you at work.  We’d also love to hear your ideas for building and developing resilience.   

Thursday 14 June, 11.00 - 12.00, book here.

LSEBees tour and talk - LSESU Bee Keeping & Dan Reeves

Come and see LSE’s very own bees and learn a bit about bees, beekeeping and the bees’ role in sustainability in the heart of London. 

The session includes a tour of the hives and brief talk.  Please note:
- Please let us know if you have an allergy (you can do this when you book).  We can accommodate this, but it helps to know in advance!
- We will be going up flights of stairs, so please let us know if you have any mobility / access requirements (you can do this when you book).
- You don’t need to bring anything!  We have protective suits which you can borrow.  Feel free to bring a camera if you want to take photos.
- If you'd like more information, please visit our FAQ page.

Monday 11 June, 15.30 - 16.15, book here.

Tai Chi - Ines Alonso-Garcia

Are you looking for a good way to improve and maintain your health and do some exercise and relax?  Or would you simply like experience what Tai Chi is about?  Come along to the Tai Chi taster!

Experience this classic Chinese method of exercise for health, self-defence and spiritual growth.

Tai Chi is graceful in movement, slow in tempo, relaxed yet dynamic. The most immediate health benefits of Tai Chi practice you may find are improved posture, coordination, flexibility and balance. And with regular Tai Chi practice, over time, you will develop robust physical strength, concentration, emotional calm and serenity, and mental clarity. Experienced practitioners also use it as a tool to meditate with movement.

In this introductory session we will start with an easy to remember warm up routine, which you can practice daily. Then we will do some basic exercises to work on coordination and balance, two of the key components of taichi movements.

Please wear comfortable clothing.

Thursday 14 June, 16.00 - 17.00, book here.

LSE Networks - something for everyone

Everyone likes having friends with similar interests - and networks can be a great way to share tips and tricks to make life easier and more fun.

LSE has a wide variety of staff networks, and we've gathered them together so they can share information about what they do and who they support, and you can come along and see how you can get involved!

This is a drop in session so you can attend whenever you're free - but the networks will give a brief presentation to all attendees at 10.30 and 11.30.

Friday 15 June, 10.00 - 12.00, book here.

If you have any further queries, feel free to contact a member of the Organisational Learning team at hr.learning@lse.ac.uk.