Seminars and Workshops

For planning your staff festival, this page gives you information of performances, seminars and workshops.  You can also see an overview of these events on the Events Timetable!


Working Without Fear are running an all day workshop in the Queen's building on domestic violence in the workplace. 

The workshop is a one day course for upto 15 employees, and is split into five keys areas:

1. Understanding and Spotting the Signs of DVA within the workplace:

  • Definitions and a firm understanding of Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control and Stalking. 
  • Identifying the behaviours of a  Perpetrator.
  • Identifying the DVA signs of a Victim which can include: Psychological, Emotional, Financial, Sexual and Physical damage. 

2. Risk and Impact on the Individual and the Organisation

  • Identifying the risks and impact on your organisation. 
  • Identifying the impact on the victim and their colleagues.
  • How to reduce the risks. 

3. Raising Awareness and Taking Action

  • Raising awareness within the workplace of DVA.
  • Exploring Case Studies of DVA within the workplace
  • Clare’s Law
  • Hollie Guard

4. Creating the Policy and Implementation

  • Create a draft policy
  • Procedure for implementing the policy.
  • The Pledge
  • Identifying DVA Champions
  • Examples of good employer intervention through videos and case studies. 

5. Responding to a Disclosure, Handling Perpetrators and Signposting

  • How to handle a disclosure with practice sessions. 
  • How to support a colleague and DVA Champion. 
  • How to deal with a perpetrator.
  • Signposting

In England and Wales domestic abuse costs £1.9billion a year in lost economic output. This hard-hitting fact is due to decreased productivity, administration difficulties from unplanned time off, lost wages and sick pay. Domestic abuse can impact negatively on an employee’s health and wellbeing. It can also impact on staff morale as well as organisational image and reputation. One of the main action points in the Domestic Homicide Review, following the murder of Hollie Gazzard, was that organisations need to be engaged and proactive on this subject.

Working Without Fear is a tailor-made programme designed to help organisations recognise what domestic violence and stalking is, the implications and help them respond appropriately so that  staff  are protected. Working Without Fear will help staff understand the individual challenges they may face with regard to staff wellbeing.


Implications for staff 

With research showing that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, it is likely that organisations employ staff who have experienced, or who are currently experiencing abuse and/or stalking, as well as employing those who are perpetrators. The programme will assist in establishing best practice when it comes to strategies supporting the wellbeing of staff  suffering from domestic abuse and stalking.

Working Without Fear will highlight what desperately heinous crimes domestic violence and stalking really are and the devastating impact they have on staff and the organisation. It will help managers understand how to recognise the signs, know what their legal and moral responsibilities entail, how to intervene early and how to help create a culture and environment where staff are ‘Working Without Fear’ encouraging them to come forward and seek assistance.





diy playboxUse a Raspberry Pi and basic electronics to create a piano you can play without touching it. Like the old Theremin, the instrument you create in this session is played without contact. You’ll use the versatile and cheap Raspberry Pi computer, some simple electronics and the Scratch coding language to build a piano you control by moving your hand in front of the sensor. What’s the best tune you can play on your air piano?

Supported by Arts and Culture


Streatham: 1000-1100

Moving from stress to wellbeing at work: A review of what Exeter can learn from the national evidence base and some top tips for managing stress at work.


Stress and mental health effected 1:4 of us. We can work together to do more at all levels of an organisation to maximise positive mental health in staff. This 1-hour session will briefly review national data and guidelines on occupational stress and wellbeing, discover what is already happening in the university to manage stress and wellbeing, and then go through some tips and strategies that staff can use on the ground to build well-being and reduce stress in themselves and their colleagues. Staff will also be invited to provide feedback about what they think helps and hinders stress and wellbeing in their working lives. The session will be a mixture of lecture and workshop format. Barney is a clinical psychologist in the psychology department at the University, whose work focuses on developing interventions to build well-being and treat depression. He is part of the Positive Working Environment stress subgroup, which is  looking at ways to tackle staff stress and support positive mental health across the university. There are up to 30 places available in each session.


St. Luke's: 1000-1100

Streatham: 1200-1300


Using a structured, group coaching technique we will explore two characteristics of formal organisational structures,  “Silos and Slabs” that hinder agility, collaborative working and creativity. We will look at the challenges they present to managing and ways to manage across and beyond them.

This highly participative session will be led by trained Coaching Ourselves facilitators Dr Clive Betts, Head of People Development and Christian Carter, Senior HR Business Partner.



Streatham: 1000-1100


gaia medIn Insight Meditation we are encouraged to open to the whole spectrum of our lived experience, meeting each moment with kindness, interest and steadiness as a means for developing well-being and wisdom.

Is called Insight Meditation because with this practice we develop calmness and clarity of mind that helps us to “see deeply”;  to gain a better understanding of ourselves and the nature of our experience.

Insight Meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition but can be practised by anyone. People of all faiths or none are welcome.


St. Luke's: 1030-1130

Streatham: 1330-1430



What is the difference between networking and knowing lots of people? In this bitesize workshop you will run through a number of short exercises that will get you thinking about why you might want to network, who you might need to network with and how to get the process started.  The session will cover topics such as identifying your network goals and building your brand.


Streatham: 1030-1130



Learn to manage your inbox, rather than your inbox managing you.


By the end of this session you will be able to:

•             Put into practice some methods to manage your incoming mail

•             Get the most from rules and conditional formatting

•             Get email actions completed using the calendar and task lists

•             Respond to messages using Quick Parts


St. Luke's: 1100-1200


kight 2Both students and staff routinely use social media, but often not for academic purposes, or as effectively as possible. These increasingly pervasive platforms can support teaching, learning, and research in diverse ways, facilitating positive and even life-changing interactions and exchanges of information. This session, suitable for audiences with any level of social media expertise, is designed to explore the range of social media options available, help you prioritise and optimise your social media activity, and integrate social media into your academic life.
The University of Exeter's Academic Practice Network (APN) offers a flexible space for colleagues to meet, share and celebrate good practice through flexible seminars, workshops and other events.  For more information on this workshop and to see the APN’s schedule of events, please see our website or contact


Both students and staff routinely use social media, but often not for academic purposes, or as effectively as possible. These increasingly pervasive platforms can support teaching, learning, and research in diverse ways, facilitating positive and even life-changing interactions and exchanges of information. This session, suitable for audiences with any level of social media expertise, is designed to explore the range of social media options available, help you prioritise and optimise your social media activity, and integrate social media into your academic life.
This session is open to all colleagues, and there is no need to book.  Please do pass details on to colleagues who might like to join us.


Streatham: 1100-1200

St. Luke's: 1230-1330


BSOThe sessions will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the universal significance of "music", of harmony and rhythm, as resonance and vibration. You will have the opportunity to explore its role in informing matter, how it can communicate across dimensions, aid memory, heal and bring well-being; and also how much fun and how easy it is to write songs. If you have an instrument, do bring it along!

Numbers are limited to 10 per session, so please book early to secure your space.



Streatham: 1100-1200

St. Luke's: 1245-1345


Mel BDo you wish to strengthen your vocal confidence for presentations, lectures, meetings, or for your own personal development? Participate in a 45 minute group voice workshop, facilitated by Melissa Barrett, in which you will explore techniques to help with vocal projection, diction, impact and combating nerves, getting your body and mind in touch with your voice.

Melissa Barrett trained with the Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-upon-Avon from 2008-2009, in which she received training in Voice, Acting, Song, Dance, Text and Physicality from resident and visiting practitioners, including Royal Shakespeare Company and West End practitioners. She read English at the University of Exeter, and completed her MFA degree in Theatre Practice: Staging Shakespeare, which included residencies at Shakespeare's Globe, with specialist classes and training in Voice, Movement, Text and Acting from Globe associates and masters such as Yvonne Morley, Philip Bird, Giles Block and Glynn MacDonald. She also completed 'Voice for the Actor', a module convened by Emma Brown, and exploring techniques such as Alexander Technique and the practice of Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater and Patsy Rodenburg.

She is the Co-Artistic Director of Exeter-based theatre company, Sun & Moon Theatre, which specialises primarily in Shakespeare, ensemble practice, intensive solo work and working with First Folio scripts. The company produces theatre productions, small-scale projects and offer one-to-one monologue/duologue training as well as workshops in voice, text and Shakespeare. Their workshops and one-to-one training are not only for performers, but also for those who wish to improve their vocal confidence, and sessions are tailored to suit the individual's or group's needs.


St. Luke's: 1200-1245

Streatham: 1330-1415



Meetings are an integral part of working life. While good meetings can help us make decisions, solve problems and generate ideas together, poor meetings can be a serious drain on our time, energy and resources.  This bitesize session will run through some tips and hints for coordinating, managing or simply attending a meeting.   The session will cover topics such as keeping a meeting focused, identifying your role, having your say and taming your meeting meddlers!


Streatham: 1200-1330

This event is invite only - if you feel you wish to attend please email.

Streatham: 1215-1315


Professor Wendy Robinson, University of Exeter, Graduate School of Education, Exeter, UK

Wendy Robinson is a Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, appointed in 2006, previously holding appointments at Universities of Warwick and Cambridge. At Exeter she has been Head of the Graduate School of Education (2011-2013), Associate Dean for Education in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies (2013-2015) and is currently University Academic Dean for Students. In 2015 she led a cross-university review of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and is currently championing a number of innovative education projects including: ‘Effective Learning Analytics’; ‘Lecture Capture’; and ‘Academic Tutoring’. Her research has been focused in the field of history of education and historical perspectives on teacher development, effectiveness and education.

Women on Boards and The Academic Woman have teamed up together to bring you an insightful seminar on the development opportunities from being on Boards.

During this session Prof Wendy Robinson will discuss her journey onto boards, what helped and hindered, and how she grew from the experience. She will touch on the varied boards and how each experience aided her development personally and professionally. The session will conclude with a Q&A’s and the opportunity to network.


Streatham: 1215-1315

Are you just starting out in your career, or do you need to review where you are heading and why? This bitesize workshop will introduce a number of exercises and developmental tools that will help guide you through the career development process.  You will also gain some insights into how to approach the interview process.



St. Luke's: 1330-1500


When people find out that I study negative work place interactions, I am usually flooded with stories like “This guy I work with Steve is such a jerk. Every time I have to deal with him, I feel like he is sucking out my soul.” It is rare that someone tells me that they work in the best place ever and everything is sunshine and rainbows. This isn’t surprising, given the recent finding that over 50% of people experience rude or uncivil behaviour at work on a daily basis. This could lead us to think that we are surrounded by jerks or generally rude people. In that same study, researchers found that less than 5% of people are intentionally rude to their colleagues. So, two possible things are going on that small group of people are just going around being horrible to everyone, or the majority of the negative interactions are not intentional, and something else is at the core of those behaviours.



Streatham: 1330-1430

How to Resist Food Temptations – tips and tricks from Psychology

 ‌resist food temptations

We will discuss what research from Psychology and Biology (genetics, brain imaging) tells us about why some of us struggle to resist certain foods and what we can do about it. We will present the evidence-based apps we have developed here at Exeter to help people resist some foods and substitute these with healthier alternatives. We are always looking for more people willing to try the apps out and contribute to our research so there will be a chance to download the apps, give them a go and provide us with feedback.


Streatham: 1400-1500

inma 2Sometimes we are up to our necks and we feel flooded, but there is still a way. There is always a way!

In this short Mindfulness PLUS taster, you will be invited to start a self-discovery and self-sustaining journey and you will practice some Mindfulness on the Go techniques. In this hour all parts of us will be welcome!! Come and join us!!

TEDx talk “Using Mindfulness to Move Forward”


Streatham: 1400-1500

gihanIn this activity, you’ll get to grips with some knotty problems, both mental and physical. We’ll explore problem-solving strategies that illuminate unexpected possibilities and promote the generation of new ideas.


Gihan is a Senior Lecturer in mathematics at the University of Exeter and a regular contributor to Radio 4’s Puzzle For Today on the Today Programme.

Streatham: 1430-1530



meadowsweetJoin Meadowsweet Flowers to make beautiful flower pieces in this great workshop and demonstration! I am a flower grower and florist based in Dorset near the Devon and Somerset borders. I grow seasonal flowers and foliage using organic principles for weddings, occasions, events, parties, festivals, fairs and more!  All my designs are bespoke using the most beautiful flowers and foliage hand picked from my plot.

Find out more on their website!


Streatham: 1100-1445