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Learning at Work initiative

Our Learning at Work initiative aims to build a lifelong learning culture at UIS. The programme will run from May to August 2021 and will be segmented into three sections; keynote sessions, bite-size learning resources and panel discussions.


What is the Learning at Work initiative?

The programme will aim to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of continual learning and development to become lifelong learners. This also lines up to support the national awareness campaign of Learning at Work Week, where companies throughout the UK will be running a range of learning events for their staff. 

What's in it for me?

This learning initiative will help you to:

  • develop greater self-confidence to stand up for yourself in a fair and consistent way
  • deepen your character and makes you more inspiring to those around you 
  • readily adapt to change when it happens
  • manage your time more effectively to speed up task completion
  • understand a range of perspectives on a variety of human skills 

What is lifelong learning? 

Lifelong learning is an attitude; a voluntary and self-motivated conscious pursuit of knowledge and skills. Alongside this are common elements that, if encouraged and facilitated, can boost productivity, improve employee engagement and increase organisational capability. It’s a way to future-proof and to increase innovation.

Who can take part?

We encourage everyone at all grades in UIS to take part in the learning at work initiative.

Learning at Work timetable 

There are 3 parts to this initiative:

Part 1: Keynote sessions - May 17- May 21, 2021

To celebrate the national campaign of learning at work week, industry experts talk to us on a range of interesting topics. 

View the  University Training Booking System to see more detial on each session

Date and time Topic Speaker Company/Institution Booking link
Monday 17 May 14:00-14:45 Being a lifelong learner

Dr Bonnie Cheuk, Senior Director, Head of Business and Digital Transformation

AstraZeneca Booking link / recording
Tuesday 18 May 11:30 to 12:15 Psychological safety at work Dr Thomas Roulet, Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory | Deputy director of the MBA Judge Business School Booking link/ recording

Wednesday 19 May 14:00 to 14:45


Emotional Intelligence  Jacqui Kemp, Employee Wellbeing and Productivity Consultant Your People Potential  Booking link /recording
Thursday 20 May 10:00 to 10:45 Effective collaboration at work Sarah Kevlin, Senior Manager - Talent Development, Arm Booking link / recording
Friday 21 May 11:00 to 11:45 Internal success story on effective collaboration Steve Hoensch, Head of Frontline Services UIS Booking link/ recording

This will be followed by Part 2 and Part 3 which will run as a pilot for 3 months from June –August on the theme of 'Effective Collaboration at Work'. 

During these 3 months, we'll cover topics on:

  • recognising the meaning, components, and benefits of effective collaboration at work
  • exploring the challenges and find solutions around effective collaboration 
  • identifying some best practices for our effective collaboration 

Part 2

Bite-size resources – June - August 2021

You'll receive 10-15 minute learning resources and activities by email to enrich your learning around effective collaboration at work. 

Here are the suggested learning activities programme: 

Monday, June 7

Tuesday, June 8

Wednesday, June 9 

Thursday, June 10

Friday, June 11




LinkedIn learning videos:



HBR article:

The Secrets of Great Teamwork (




Self-reflection on our learning this week


Note: Self-reflection encourages a level of self-awareness andconsciousness about practice and helps us to dig deeper into our learnings. 

Use these questions as prompts for yourself.


Share – your learning of this week with your own teams or on the Learning and work initiative Teams channel


Learning has greater value when we share our learning  Simon Sinek


Bite-size resources – July 2021

Monday,  5 July

Tuesday, 6 July

Wednesday, 7 July

Thursday, 8 July

Friday, 9 July 


Overcoming Common Barriers to Collaboration, Part 1 :: UXmatters



Article and Podcast: 


Overcoming Common Barriers to Collaboration, Part 2 :: UXmatters



The Future of Work With Jacob Morgan - Three Big Barriers to Collaboration on Stitcher





Amy Edmondson: How to turn a group of strangers into a team | TED Talk






Self-reflection on our learning this week- (attached)


Note: Self-reflection encourages a level of self-awareness and consciousness about practice and helps us to dig deeper into our learnings. 

Use these questions as prompts for yourself.


Share what you’ve learnt this week with your UIS colleagues on the Learning and work initiative Teams channel. 



Learning has greater value when we share our learning  Simon Sinek



Part 3: Panel discussions – Last Tuesday of the month from June - September 2021

We will run 60-minute interactive peer-to-peer support sessions on the same topic of effective collaboration at work. These will provide a safe space for support and will build your confidence to collaborate and network.




Link to booking details 

Recognising Collaboration

  29 June Will Russell,  Rinku Raina,  Gabriela Ahmadi-Assalemi,  Simon Clarke Book

Exploring Collaboration




Jessica Comber-Chaney,  Bob Dowling,  Rinku Raina,  Jon Holgate Book

Collaboration Best Practices

07 Sept Abraham Martin,  Kate Livingstone,  Rinku Raina,  R.D. Chambers Book


What are the next steps after the pilot?

We'll evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative by end of August to take an informed decision. 

Final thoughts from Rinku Raina...

Remember: To ensure our Learning at Work initiative has an impact on our performance, we need a committed mindset to learn, self-reflect on our learning, and make sure to apply that learning in our day-to-day life.

Contact: Rinku Raina, Professional Development Manager at or via Teams.