Workshops and resources

Workshops and resources

Skill up and improve your knowledge with a range of workshops and online courses.

  • Teaching

    The Learning Innovation Hub offers a range of learning opportunities to cater for colleagues who are new to teaching as well as experienced academics.

  • Research

    The Research Office supports researchers apply for fellowship and grant opportunities with a wide range of workshops, seminars and online resources.


    Access top-quality video courses taught by recognised industry experts on topics including Microsoft Office suite, project management, and communication.

On campus workshops

Register to attend a workshop on campus via HR Online. All workshops, unless otherwise stated, are held in the Human Resources Manly Training Room, Level 4, C5C Building and start at 9.30am sharp.

To cancel your registration, email the course name and date to Three days’ notice prior to the course date is required.


14 June 2017 Resilience through times of change half day
27 June 2017Lean Thinkinghalf day
28 June 2017 Building your emotional resilience (part 2) half day
29 June 2017Managing projects1 day


20 July 2017Communicating effectively1 day
26 July 2017Writing with clarity1 day


2 August 2017 Building your emotional resilience (part 1)half day
2 August 2017Building your emotional resilience (part 2)half day
11 August 2017Having coaching conversations (for managers)1 day
25 August 2017Minute taking1 day


6 September 2017Managing conflict1 day
21 September 2017Influencing key stakeholders 1 day


11 October 2017Writing to persuade1 day
12 October 2017 Managing projects1 day

Workshop overviews

Writing to persuade

  • Learn how to present options concisely and in a balanced way.
  • Understand how to decide what to put in and what to leave out.
  • Learn two basic structures for presenting a case and develop the skills needed to be more efficient in your writing.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 11 October

Communicating effectively

  • Refresh core communication skills including active listening and questioning techniques. 
  • Build effectiveness in communicating clearly, confidently and assertively with others.
  • Improve your confident and effectiveness in communicating with others. 

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 20 July

Writing with clarity

  • Learn to write complex information in a clear and sensible way without losing accuracy or rigour.
  • Understand how to write effective emails at work.
  • Understand how to create a professional and helpful tone and choose the right words.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 26 July

Minute taking   

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of minute takers for all levels of committee at the University.
  • Identify what to include and omit from your minutes.
  • Save time in preparing minutes.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 25 August

Lean thinking at MQ

  • Interactive workshop to identify key concepts of Lean.  
  • Become familiar with the lean principles.    
  • Workshop will provide an overview of how Lean is used at Macquarie University.  

Duration: half day    Course dates: 27 June

Managing projects

  • Develop the skills needed to initiate and plan a project effectively.
  • Understand approaches to managing stakeholders on your projects.
  • Develop methods to manage project team members to deliver set objectives.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 29 June, 12 October

Influencing key stakeholders

  • Identify key stakeholders and their motivators. 
  • Develop realistic and achievable influence objectives.
  • Present facts, ideas, and concerns in a persuasive manner.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 21 September

Managing conflict

  • Identify the common causes of conflict.
  • Apply strategies to constructively address conflict. 
  • Develop the necessary communication skills to turn conflict into an opportunity for positive change and development.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 6 September

Building your emotional resilience – part 1

  • Understand a practical, evidence-based model of positive well-being.
  • Explore the essential elements of building emotional resilience and the positive effects this can have on a number of areas of your life. 
  • Understand the theory of signature strengths and how these are used in everyday life to improve wellbeing.
  • Explore and challenge your current state of thinking to start to bridge the gap between what you know you should be doing to boost your resilience and what you are actually doing.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 2 August

Building your emotional resilience – part 2

  • Identify the causes of stress and examine the typical responses to stress.
  • Reframe stress and use coping strategies to reduce the negative impact it can have on physiological, behavioural and emotional wellbeing.
  • Dive deeper into helpful and unhelpful thinking styles and learn how to ensure your thinking works in a beneficial for you.
  • Regulate your emotions and perform during challenging times when you may feel under pressure.

Duration: half day   Course dates: 28 June, 2 August

Resilience through times of change

  • Examine the concept of personal control in times of change and how to focus your energy to be more "proactive" rather than "re-active".
  • Learn the psychological re-orientation process that occurs in response to change.

Duration: half day   Course dates: 14 June

Mental health awareness

  • Understand what mental health is.
  • Know the behavioural indicators.
  • How to work with someone with a mental illness.
  • The role of the manager/academic supervisor.
  • Resources.

Duration: 2 hours    Course dates: TBC

Content writing

  • Improve your emails with powerful content that achieves better cut-through and gets your audience to take action
  • Find the balance between what you need to say and what our staff and student audiences want to hear
  • Specially tailored course by highly regarded industry expert for Macquarie staff, particularly those emailing many staff and students

Register your interest by emailing

Having coaching conversations (for managers)

  • Improve your effectiveness having coaching and developmental discussions.
  • Understand the value and importance of having proactive coaching/developmental discussions.
  • Understand and practice a model for having coaching/developmental discussions.
  • Gain skills and confidence in handling challenging coaching/developmental discussions.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: 11 August

Making informed hiring decisions (for managers)

  • Improve your effectiveness in conducting behavioural interviews and making hiring decisions.
  • Plan your selection process to target relevant criteria.
  • Prepare for and conducting behavioural interviews.
  • Evaluate and rate responses to interview questions.
  • Make more balanced, objective and informed recruitment decisions.

Duration: half day    Course dates: TBC

Giving performance feedback (for managers)

  • Improve your effectiveness in giving constructive feedback.
  • Understand the importance and value of giving constructive feedback.
  • Understand and practice a model for giving constructive feedback.
  • Understand how to deal with different responses and emotional reactions to feedback.

Duration: 1 day    Course dates: TBC

Microsoft Office

Attend courses on Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word and PowerPoint at no charge to your faculty or office. Courses are available via New Horizons to all fixed-term and continuing staff. Please discuss your preferred course with your manager and register via the Training Schedule.

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