Tag Archives: Professional Development

The Unmute Shortcut for Zoom Meetings

This is a great shortcut I picked up from a colleague.

When you are in a group Zoom meeting, it is good practice to leave your microphone muted.

When you need to speak, simply hold down the space bar on your keyboard to temporarily unmute your microphone. When you finish speaking, let it go.


For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Association of Commonwealth Universities – series of free virtual events

Kia ora colleagues I have received the following through our membership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Please promote – the topics are wide, covering:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Research management
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Library
  • HR, and more.

Given the time zone differences, these times are unlikely to suit you. I note from their website that the sessions will be recorded and I can get copies so let me know if you are interested in that. I hope everyone is staying well, Karen

“International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work.  We are committed to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond.

COVID-19 continues to heavily impact higher education across the globe. To support member universities as they adapt to this changing world, we are offering a free series of virtual events to share best practice and guidance. Featuring webinars and Q&As, the events will touch on a variety of topics relating to HR, teaching and learning, research management, the SDGs, and more.

Stay connected with colleagues across the Commonwealth. Register online to attend one or more of the following webinars:

Moving assessments online – lessons learned | 12 May, 15:00 BST

Managing a research office in lockdown | 20 May, 14:00 BST 

HR in HE responding to the COVID-19 crisis | 27 May, 12:00 BST

University libraries beyond the campus walls | 3 June, 14:00 BST

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.   If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards, The ACU.”

Create Space by Changing your Skype for Business Status

If you want to be undisturbed or keep some free space in your day without calls, set your “Status” in Skype for Business to Busy or Away. If someone tries to call you or email you, the status you have selected will display to them.

1. Hold your mouse over the Skype for Business icon on your Taskbar. A mini-panel displays, showing the various Status options you can select.

Select your Availability Status options in Skype for Business

2. Select the Status icon you wish to display.

Select your Availability Status in Skype for Business

Alternatively, there are more options available if you open Skype for Business, click the drop down at the top just under your name, and select a Status from there.

Select your Availability Status options in Skype for Business


For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Professional Development opportunities in June

There no time like the present plan and book onto relevant Professional Development courses through Learning and Development.

We are currently taking registrations for the following face to face workshops in June:
We have some back up plans for any workshops that may not proceed due to restrictions. Don’t let this put you off enrolling.

3 June – Leading Change
4 June & 9 July – Rainbow (LGBTQI+) Awareness
10 June – Cross-Cultural Interactions
11 June – Delegating and Influencing
12 & 19 June – Te Reo Māori for the Workplace
17 June – Growing Personal Resilience
23 June – Presentation Skills
24 June – Mental Health & Wellbeing Awareness for Heads and Managers
25 June – Challenging Client Situations
29 June & 3 July – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora

Check out what other opportunities are available on the Learning and Development site – including all health and safety courses.

We have put together a page about learning remotely, which contains some ideas for learning from home. Read more here.

Copy Email Into a Folder

Did you know that in Outlook you can put a copy of an email into a folder for reference purposes, while still retaining the original in its original location?

This can be helpful if you are wanting to make sure you have copies of emails in particular folders, but still want the original in your Inbox to reply to; or perhaps when using a shared mailbox.

To do this, hold down the Control key while you drag selected email(s) into a folder. This will copy the email(s) rather than moving it/them.

TIP: just make sure you keep holding down the Ctrl key until after you have dropped the email into the folder!

Thanks to Marj Blake, Learning and Development Advisor, for this tip!


For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.