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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

As Scotland’s leading career-focused university, UWS has an impressive track record of working with individuals, private companies and public and third sector organisations.

We understand that you are a busy professional. We understand that as an ambitious, self-motivated, business achiever and influencer you are seeking to enhance your competences, skills, and knowledge and maybe those of your colleagues/staff as well.

How we can help

UWS's School of Business & Enterprise Professional Practice Unit (PPU) can help you as an individual in enhancing your career or help your organisation in its continuing professional development aspirations. Our Professional Practice Unit was established in 2017 to encompass our accredited CMI and IOEE (SFEDI) courses, as well as facilitate workshops for open and bespoke deliveries.

The School of Business & Enterprise Professional Practice Unit (PPU) facilitates one and two day open workshops for delivery on a rolling basis.  PPU also work with clients to devise and design customised training solutions to fulfil identified skill requirements, with bespoke programmes delivered on request.  Our brochure details all our accredited programmes and workshops. 

For further information on all our workshops, please contact ProfessionalProgrammes@uws.ac.uk

Current scheduled workshops: 

Pro£itable Pursuits

Date: 13 June 2019

Cost: £300

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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Date: 23 May 2019

Cost: £300

Location: Ayr campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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Understanding finance is an essential part of being a leader within any organisation.  The actions and behaviours of employees have a direct impact on the financial performance of an organisation, and leaders need to appreciate how their business decisions affect the company’s financial position and key performance indicators.

Financial learning is brought to life with participants running a simulated business to become more commercially aware of procurement, resources and profitability. 

From this business simulation one day workshop, participants will gain:

  • A sound understanding of how they can make a positive commercial impact
  • An understanding of budget management
  • Ideas for improvement opportunities within their own business

Facilitator:

Pro£itable pursuits is a business simulation workshop developed and delivered by Brian Hutcheson of Class 1 Consultants Ltd.  Brian transfers knowledge in an entertaining and informative manner using innovative visual aids, ensuring workshops are highly interactive.

Handling Our Interactions With Others

Date: 24 and 25 April 2019

Cost: £300

Location: Lanarkshire campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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This workshop investigates how we can improve the outcome of our interactions with others.   Participants learn about different behavioural styles and how to utilise this knowledge to improve relationships and provide effective feedback to others.  Participants will be equipped with tools to both reduce and manage conflict to strengthen relationships.  This workshop is designed and delivered by Enhance People Consultants on behalf of UWS.

From this workshop, participants will gain:

  • Increased ability to positively deal with challenging situations
  • Increased influence on others
  • Ability to put ideas forward firmly and persuasively
  • Confidence in providing feedback to colleagues and team members

Managing Your Time Effectively

Date: 27 May 2019

Cost: £240

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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This workshop allows participants to recognise the value of effective time management for themselves and their organisation.  A wide range of tools and techniques will be introduced to allow participants to maximise use of time and improve their organisational skills.

From this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify where they lose time and formulate action plans to overcome this
  • Take positive steps to gain control of their time and reduce pressure

Practical Approach To Project Management

Date: 20 and 21 june 2019

Cost: £300

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.15 – 4.30pm

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This workshop is aimed at participants who have or will be undertaking project management responsibility and will equip them with practical tools and techniques to manage their project effectively.  Participants will learn to develop aims, objectives and scope of the project for approval as well as how to interlink and support internal strategic and operational objectives, whilst ensuring the interest of internal and external stakeholders.  The workshop recognises the identification of roles, competences, responsibilities and accountabilities of the project team, and introduces project planning tools and models with contingency planning principles. 

From this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop project plans to achieve agreed objectives
  • Identify project resources and control methods
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the project through the five steps
  • Report at different stages of the project for effective financial and resource control

 Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject.

Business Growth Masterclass Programme

Date: 3, 10 and 17 May 2019

Cost: £600

Location: Ayr campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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The Business Growth Masterclass is a programme of three one-day workshops to teach the world’s lead thinking on innovation.   Participants will learn how to create ideas, pick the winners and accelerate them to market with the minimum of time, money and risk. 

Workshop 1 – How to create >100 business growth ideas in 3 hours – 3 May 2019

This workshop will teach the world’s leading approaches to generate ideas as a learnable business process any employee can follow.  Participants will learn a set of repeatable processes and exercises that will allow them to run structured group idea sessions in the company targeted towards solving the commercial challenges of the day.  Workshop 1 is also available as a standalone workshop:

Date: 3 May 2019

Cost: £240

Location: Ayr campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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Workshop 2 – Picking strategies and ideas that maximise profit – 10 May 2019

Participants will learn the key success factors present in successful products and commercial strategies.  These models are reverse engineered from real marketplace success (and failure) to help companies back ideas and decisions yielding statistically highest potential for marketplace success.  Participants will leave with a set of repeatable processes, exercises and models that can be used for objective commercial decision making to yield more consistent, better decisions removing deadlocks and personal opinion.

Workshop 3 – Eliminating wasted time and risk – 17 May 2019

Participants learn how to identify the greatest risks with any new initiative and how to eliminate them quickly and cheaply.  These techniques allow you to confidently eliminate ideas doomed to failure, and accelerate winners in a fraction of the time and cost.  Participants leave with a repeatable process that objectively spots major risks and sets clear actions to eliminate them and continuously keep projects moving forward.  This removes fearful shutdown and personal opinion and accelerates winning concepts to market.

Facilitator:

The Business Growth Masterclass programme is delivered by Jamie McCallum of ARG Management Consultancy Ltd, a highly experienced innovation, business strategy and product commercialisation expert and only one of five people in Europe qualified to Black-Belt standard in a best-in-class innovation methodology used by ambitious high growth companies.  Jamie has worked on over 100 innovation projects for companies in the UK, Europe and USA, installing their innovation processes and helping create and commercialise their ideas. 

Managing quality in the organisation

Date: 16 and 17 April 2019

Cost: £300

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.15 – 4.30pm

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This workshop is aimed at managers, supervisors and anyone involved in continuous improvement activities, and will equip participants with tools and techniques to determine and implement quality in their organisation.  Quality is studied in an organisational context, examining the impact on employees, customers, systems and processes on team operations alongside quality models such as 6-Phase Model for QOS, ISO 9000, TQM and SERQUAL.  The SIPOC model is also explored to assess the benefits/issues for key processes for delivering the output to your customers.  Participants will also learn how work is measured against quality standards and how to respond to quality measurement results.

From this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of quality on teams and the way they operate
  • Set and monitor measurable targets to gain maximum effect

 Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject.

 

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Date: 25 and 26 April 2019

Cost: £360

Location: Lanarkshire campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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Date: 6 and 7 June 2019

Cost: £360

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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The dynamic nature of the business environment and the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and owner managers has led practitioners to embrace entrepreneurial leadership.  Entrepreneurial leadership is inspired by but is separate from entrepreneurship and leadership.  In today’s vastly complex and evolving world, a different kind of leadership is required that can combat change and identify opportunities.  Entrepreneurial leadership can be applied within different types of organisations whether business or non-profit organisations. 

 This workshop is designed for business owners, managers, executives and employees within organisations and provides the important skill set required for entrepreneurial leaders to succeed.  It challenges conventional wisdom applying the entrepreneurial mind-set within the domain of leadership, which is important in the creation of social, environmental and economic value within organisations.  Participants will benefit from action based learning which allows for the application of the newly acquired skills and enables delegates to engage with each other, an excellent learning platform for aspiring and existing leaders and managers, solving problems and providing creative solutions to critical situations.

From this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Lead in uncertain and dynamic environments
  • Develop the entrepreneurial leadership skills required for success
  • Combat challenges within organisations as a result of the scale of change
  • Critically reflect on the leadership development needs and identify the potential areas for development

Facilitator:

Dr Christian Harrison is a lecturer in Management, Strategy and Leadership at UWS and a recognised scholar in the field of leadership.  Christian works extensively as a consultant, speaker and trainer on leadership skills development within organisations, as well as author of several publications on Leadership and Entrepreneurial Leadership, including the book “Leadership Theory and Research: A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms” published by Palgrave MacMillan.

Motivating And Delegating For Success

Date: 29 and 30 April 2019

Cost: £300

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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Date: 21 and 22 May 2019

Cost: £300

Location: Lanarkshire campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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This workshop focuses on how a meaningful understanding of motivation can help improve the motivation of all staff by understanding their needs and removing barriers.  Building on this knowledge, the workshop demonstrates how we can effectively delegate to our colleagues who have different personal styles and capabilities. Motivating and delegating for success is delivered by Enhance People Consultants on behalf of UWS.

From this workshop, participants will gain:

  • Motivated team members who are effectively utilised and engaged in work that they are able to deliver
  • Improved team morale and performance
  • Increased confidence in adapting the style of the delegation of tasks to get the best performance from individuals

Fundamentals Of Strategic Planning

Date: 28 June 2019

Cost: £240

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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The principles of strategic planning are introduced using different tools and techniques to assess the strategic environment.  Options for strategic planning are evaluated to allow participants to assess the appropriate approach for their organisation.

From this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the implementation, monitoring and review process for strategic planning
  • Assess and utilise the success and improvement areas for future strategic plans 

Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject

Manage Individual And Team Performance

Date: 31 May 2019

Cost: £240

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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This workshop introduces the role of the manager in performance management, as well as SMART target and performance standards setting for teams and employees.  Performance review interviews are examined in detail, from process to gaining maximum benefit in accordance with best practice, as well as performance improvement techniques to help manage underperformance in the workplace.

From this workshop, participants will learn:

  • How to measure performance against agreed standards
  • Skills required to conduct an effective performance review interview

Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject.

Delivering effective communication within the organisation

Date: 7 May 2019  

Cost: £240

Location: Lanarkshire campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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This workshop examines the effect organisational culture and management structure has on communication, particularly focusing on the importance internal communication has on organisational strategies.  Participants will learn how to apply a range of communication methods, functions and techniques as well as understanding how verbal communication and body language can impact personal communication. 

From this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their own and other people’s communication styles
  • Adapt communication style and techniques to facilitate effectiveness

Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject.

Leading your team

Date: 28 and 29 May 2019  

Cost: £300

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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This workshop will explore a range of leadership styles and their appropriateness to building effective team performance in a variety of situations and tasks.  Participants will further analyse their own approach to leadership in terms of style and behaviour, comparing this to research on effective leadership across sectors.  A functional framework for understanding the concept of leadership will be investigated, alongside how this can be applied to practical situations to involve and support team members. 

From this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the leadership actions required to build, develop and maintain a high performing team
  • Measure and evaluate performance against agreed standards to include processes associated with delegation and performance review

Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject.

Managing change

Date: 3 June 2019  

Cost: £240

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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Participants will develop an understanding of what is involved in the change process in terms of task, structure, systems and people as well as the manager’s role in the management of change.  The approach to change is reviewed from a ‘people’ perspective alongside how to enlist support and reduce resistance to change.  Failure of change projects is analysed in detail to yield information for application to ensure future successful projects are effectively managed, supported and implemented.

From this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify steps managers take to initiate and introduce change
  • Learn strategies managers adopt to manage change within their remit

Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject.

Building an effective team

Date: 4 and 5 June 2019  

Cost: £300

Location: Lanarkshire campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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The concept of a team is examined during this workshop, alongside the key types of teams and the factors which influence the typical stages of team development.  The impact of preferred roles adopted by team members will be critically examined with the future role of leaders within empowered teams.  The need for effective teamwork through the development of motivational techniques will also be explored.

From this workshop, participants will be able to identify and recognise:

  • Characteristics of effective and under-performing teams
  • Issues relating to empowerment and self-directed teams

Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject.

Preparing and implementing operational plans

Date: 13 and 14 June 2019  

Cost: £300

Location: Paisley campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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This workshop will assist identification of requirements to achieve operational objectives.  Factors such as human capacity needs and skills, as well as current and potential sources of these resources, will be assessed alongside other capacity needs such as partnerships, internal systems, workforce structures and critical funding requirements to implement the plan.  Current and potential funding sources are examined as well as risk and mitigating strategies to ensure plans are successfully executed.

From this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Assess operational objectives and prepare operational plans
  • Monitor, review and evaluate operational plans

Participants can progress to undertake a CMI qualification in this subject

Organisational culture

Date: 25 and 26 June 2019  

Cost: £300

Location: Lanarkshire campus

Duration: 9.30 – 4.30pm

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This workshop explores the importance of organisational culture, alongside how organisations encourage and communicate behaviours consistent with their values to attain organisational strategies and plans.  Culture and sub-cultures existing within organisations and their relationship to the attitudes, values and beliefs shared by employees are analysed to describe and classify different types of culture and their individual strengths and weaknesses.  

From this workshop, participants can:

  • Diagnose the dominant and less dominant cultures which exist within organisations and identify employee preferences for the future
  • Identify ways to bridge the gap between negative and positive aspects of organisational culture to translate into future action plans
Last updated: 19/02/2019