UCD WST 2017 Pre-event workshops, 14 March

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Work Smarter Together is back! WST 2017, set for 15 March, will be the second University wide event dedicated to all that goes into making UCD an excellent place to teach, to research, to learn and to work.

On 14 March 2017, there are optional pre-event workshops that will give you an opportunity to engage in training and to learn through workshops and games. You can also pre-register for the main event on the 15 March and view the poster submissions.

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Looking forward seeing you there!


Pre-registration and Poster viewing

1pm to 4.30pm in Foyer of O'Brien Centre for Science

  • Pre-register for 15 March and collect name badge

  • View the posters that have been submitted for WST 2017

Parallel Sessions

1.30pm to 4.30pm in H 2.40 O'Brien Centre for Science

White Belt Training

General introduction to Lean Six Sigma. Participants will get an understanding of the key concepts, how they can be used, the broad methodology and how Lean 6 Sigma fits into an overall continuous improvement programme.

Facilitator: John Lafferty, SQT

1.30pm to 4.30pm in UCD Innovation Academy - O'Brien Centre for Science

The Art and Science of Creative Problem Solving

A fun, hands-on introduction to creative problem solving and why we need it more than ever to tackle the challenges of the 21st Century. We will explore Design Thinking which builds creative problem solving on the foundations of empathy for those affected, and insight into their underlying needs. The method emphasises action over planning as a rapid way to test possible solutions and develop acceptable solutions via feedback and iteration.

Facilitator: Professor Suzi Jarvis, Founding Director, UCD Innovation Academy

2pm to 4pm in E2.16 O'Brien Centre for Science

Universal Design

An overview of the principles and implementation of Universal Design as it relates to UCD and the university environment. While Universal Design does not offer a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, it does present a model that aims to provide an experience, service or product that has considered the different backgrounds, preferences, needs and abilities of the individual. The overall aim is to provide a positive experience to as many people as possible without the need for adaptation, retrofitting or exclusion. This session will allow you to understand Universal Design and offer practical guidance on how you can implement Universal Design principles in your own work in UCD.

Facilitator: Dr Lisa Padden, Academic Skills Coordinator, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning

2pm to 4pm in E2.18 or H2.12 O'Brien Centre for Science

Unconscious Bias - Conformity, or Creativity and Collaboration?

Have you thought about how our unconscious biases can impact on how we engage with members of our University Community and the way we work? This interactive workshop explores the way the brain makes shortcuts and assumptions on our behalf, without us even noticing, and how this can impact on our engagement with members of the University Community, and our working collaboratively and effectively together.

Facilitators: Niamh O’Donoghue, Elaine Hickey, Edel Quinn

2.30pm to 4.30pm in Outreach lab, ground floor O'Biren Centre for Science

“Argument from Silence” by Sarah Browne, Artist in Residence

This workshop has been developed as part of the film project Report to an Academy, by Sarah Browne. The film explores the art school as a potentially neoliberal and painfully ‘Kafkaesque’ workplace. In such a place, management language can behave in difficult and peculiar ways, often operating to confuse authentic complaint or protest. The workshop builds from this research and explores different ways of responding to institutional language through a series of activities. These will include collecting and constructing poetry from words found throughout the building, and materialising spaces of silence and non-complaint through simple casting techniques. The workshop will also include a screening and discussion of Browne’s film.

Facilitator: Sarah Browne, Artist in Residence, College of Social Science and Law

3pm to 4pm in H 2.38 O'Brien Centre for Science

Policy Management and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – a Smart Collaboration

If you would like to learn more about the new University Policy Management Framework and the role of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; about how collaboration contributed to its development and how it will encourage future collaboration across the University, and about how it will have a positive impact for every member of our University community, then this workshop is for you.

Facilitators: Marcellina Fogarty, Dr Barry Shanahan

Interactive Discussion

This workshop is directed towards those who have attended the Unconscious Bias, Universal Design or Policy Management workshops earlier in the day.

4pm to 4.45pm in E2.16 O'Brien Centre for Science

A Culture of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in UCD?

Facilitator: Prof Colin Scott, College Principal, College of Social Sciences and Law, Chair of the UMT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Group.

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