University of South Wales to Provide Counselling Services to Every School in Newport

A counselling support project that is the first of its kind in Wales has been agreed between the University of South Wales (USW) and Newport City Council. The renewed partnership will see USW specialists providing counselling services to every school in the city, and ensure children aged between three and 19 given access to vital…
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World Mental Health Day: Building Resilient Teams and Workplace Wellness

Mental health in the workplace hit headlines this summer as a CEO’s response to a request for a ‘mental health sick day’ went viral. Madalyn Parker, a web developer and engineer at Olark Live Chat, left an out of office email explaining that she’d taken time off to ‘focus on her mental health’. The following day…
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Great British Bake Off: A Lesson in Successful Change Management

Last year Great British Bake Off (GBBO) fans were left staggered by the news that the BBC favourite was to move on to pastures new – i.e. the kooky realms of Channel 4. Speculation of changes have been rife, with many not asking if it will change, but how and why. The announcement of Noel…
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Airbus HR Business Partner credits the Challenge Programme for encouraging self-reflection and boosting confidence

An Airbus employee who joined our ILM Level 5 Challenge Programme credited the course for encouraging her to self-reflect and be proud of her achievements. Claire Roberts, HR Business Partner at Airbus, was searching for a professional development programme that would improve her project management and finance skills. When talking to USW Commercial, she realised…
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Google Offices, Soho London

How do you keep staff morale high?

Google offers free restaurants, Twitter has beer on tap, and Yahoo provides discounts to ski resorts and theme parks. Are creative employee perks the key to keeping morale high? Last month, Google announced plans for new London HQ. Be prepared to get office envy. Floor plans for the building show a ‘wellness centre’ containing gyms, massage…
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Is ‘Contagious Leadership’ Benefitting or Damaging your Organisation?

74% of UK professionals mirror the leadership styles of their colleagues. But is ‘contagious leadership’ the best way to learn? The best and worst leadership traits spread contagiously through a business, with professionals’ behaviours most heavily influenced by the people they work with most frequently. New research on the nation’s workforce from ILM, the UK’s leading specialist…
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Bridgend Council Manager Credits ‘Interactive’ LEAP Programme

  A manager on the Communities First programme at Bridgend County Borough Council has credited our ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership in Management (LEAP Programme) for developing his leadership style and introducing him to new techniques. Wayne Nicholas manages a team of four people who promote and support health, prosperity and learning in the…
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CIPS delegate secures employment at NHS Shared Services following Diploma

A CIPS delegate who completed his Diploma in May has already secured a job within the procurement industry, and credits his programme with USW Commercial Services as ‘the perfect tool to achieve employment’. Gwyn Thomas spent two decades in various roles in the leisure and entertainment industry, before making the daunting decision to make a…
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Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who

DOCTOR WHO: The First Female Doctor, and Leadership Lessons from the Time Lord

Technically, as any Doctor Who fan will tell you, the Time Lord is a centuries old, two-hearted alien who ‘regenerates’ in all forms. However, over the course of the show’s 55-year history, we have only seen male iterations. So, when news broke on Sunday that the next Doctor will be female, hundreds of thousands of…
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The Lions vs All Blacks Leadership Contest

It’s the most difficult task in the world of rugby, leading a British & Irish Lions tour to a series victory over the All Blacks. It has happened just once in 129 years, but over the course of the next couple of weeks, Warren Gatland’s men will attempt to mirror that achievement against the country of…
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Introduction to Counselling Skills | 3-5 July

Introduction to Counselling Skills This three day course is a general introduction to basic counselling skills, which can be applied in most work settings. The course aims to enhance participants’ listening and communication skills; focusing particularly on attending skills, active listening, body language, and verbal skills such as paraphrasing, reflection, using questions appropriately and summarising….
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Solution Focused Brief Therapy | 4-5 July

Solution focused brief therapy is an approach to counselling which, in essence, concentrates more      on finding solutions than examining problems. This two day introductory course for staff and managers will provide a lively and engaging introduction to the theory underpinning the approach and the techniques it employs. The course will comprise of a theoretical discussion/presentation…
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Project management lessons you didn’t expect to learn from the UEFA Champions League

History will be made in Cardiff this weekend as Wales plays host to the UEFA Champions League for the first time. Real Madrid and Juventus will go head-to-head at the National Stadium of Wales to battle it out for football’s most prestigious prize. As thousands of fans descend on the capital, it’s hard to escape…
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Introduction to Art Therapy

USW Commercial Services are pleased to announce ‘Introduction to Art Therapy – Foundation Course’ Are you looking for a new professional career? Are you interested in creativity and personal growth? Whether you are starting to shape your professional path or want to change an established work career, this course will help you to find out…
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4th Annual Welsh Coaching Conference

16th March saw the ‘4th Annual Welsh Coaching Conference: Challenging Limitations’ take place at Cardiff City Hall. The hugely successful event was run in partnership with USW Commercial Services and sponsored by Academi Wales. Around 200 delegates were in attendance from Public, Private and Third sector organisations across Wales. The conference had a packed agenda…
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Details released of 4th Annual Welsh Coaching Conference: Challenging Limitations

The University of South Wales has had a proud association with the coaching profession for several years. Through our Workplace & Executive Coaching Centre, we routinely deliver ILM Coaching qualifications, CPD evenings and host the South Wales Co-Coaching Group for the Association for Coaching. In collaboration with Academi Wales, we are delighted to present our…
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Introducing our new LEAP into Leadership and Challenge Programmes

Summer 2016 sees the launch of our new management and leadership development programmes. The LEAP into Leadership and The Challenge Programme have been specifically designed to address key issues. Click here to listen to our tutor Kevin Christie explain a little more about the philosophy behind them. To discuss either or both of the programmes in…
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3rd Annual Welsh Coaching Conference receives fantastic feedback

It was with huge pleasure that we welcomed a packed room of eager coaches and practitioners to the 3rd Annual Welsh Coaching Conference on Thu 10 March 2016. Moving to a bigger venue at Cardiff City Stadium for 2016,  this year the theme focused on ‘Moving to Mastery’ of Coaching practice. Building on the success…
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New courses added to our successful Project Management portfolio

Following a series of webinars and in response to client demand, we have added further depth to our project management delivery. Working closely with our lead trainer – the excellently reviewed Miles Huckle, we now offer Agile PM and Change Management accreditations in addition to our established APM Project Management, PRINCE2 and MSP delivery. For more information, click here to download our new…
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Paul Peachey

Prisons Enterprise Training Scheme successfully piloted

USW Senior Lecturer in Enterprise, Paul Peachey successfully pilots an innovative Prisons Enterprise Training Scheme (PETS).  The PETS concept was devised to empower inmates and encourage them to develop entrepreneurial skills which will confidently lead to them creating their own business. Paul Peachey has worked closely with Her Majesty’s Prison Services’ support and training units…
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