Governance Services runs training sessions through the academic year, each a standalone training session of approximately 1.5 hours, repeated as often as possible to allow for maximum possible attendance. Spaces are limited, so reservations are required.
The training is currently being held online through Microsoft Teams, though usually held in Cledwyn 3, Main Arts Basement Level, Bangor, and is scheduled throughout the year. For consistency, and timetabling purposes, it is preferred if staff can try to attend the advertised sessions, however departmental-specific training may be offered in some instances.Training sessions through the medium of Welsh are also available.
A Guide to Prevent Duty
This training raises awareness amongst staff of the Counter-terrorism and Security Act 2015 and the Prevent Duty. The training connects to current safeguarding practices and training (see below). It focuses on the role of all individuals to pay attention to vulnerable people and any alterations / increase of negativity in behaviour. This training looks particularly at how altered behaviour could indicate influence from terrorist groups ranging across ideologies and beliefs. This training is compulsory for all staff to attend at least once. Staff who have attended Prevent training more than 2 years ago should also be asked to attend training again to ensure they are fully up-to-date.
Attendees gained a greater understanding of the background to Prevent; behavioural signs to look out for when someone is becoming vulnerable; what to do with concerns; while examples, anecdotes, and discussion were especially well received. The training is ‘thought-provoking and quite sobering at times’ while offering ‘reassurance that the scheme is fundamentally about safeguarding’.
Data Protection (GDPR)
The sessions introduce staff to their responsibilities in collecting, managing, and disposing of personal and sensitive data, and the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018. Not only does the University wish to avoid data security breaches, which can be very costly to both the organisation and the staff involved, but this training can also reduce the amount of information collected and processed, as well as giving individuals a greater understanding of how their own information is processed by organisations and their related rights. This training is compulsory for all staff to attend at least once.
The speaker ‘did not patronize the quite expert audience and kept all the contents tied to real life examples in a very interactive way’. This training has proved very informative to many, and has raised awareness of the import of data security and strict penalties for breaches, and has also changed the way in which people work, from implementing clear desk policies, ‘thinking about schedule of data disposal when you START a project’, to double-checking email recipients before hitting ‘Send’. It ‘has left me with some questions that I hadn’t realised that I would need to ask!’
Introduction to Safeguarding
This briefing is for staff whose work brings them into contact with vulnerable adults and / or children. It covers the legislative landscape for this area, and will offer guidance on the rights of vulnerable individuals and the responsibilities of staff, as well as the procedures to be followed in the event of disclosures made by vulnerable people (both of current and historic incidents).
Good background information is provided, there is excellent use of anecdotes, time for discussion, the sessions also raised awareness of the possible extent of abuse and the need to report suspicions and disclosures.
Student Complaints Procedure
This training provides information for staff whose work may include the receipt or handling of a complaint from a student. The briefing covers the procedure, rights of students, responding to a complaint, informal resolution, formal resolution, appeals and independent adjudication.
Attendees ‘feel more at ease in referring complaints’ after attending. They appreciate the use of real examples and think it is ‘Good to share best practice’.
Document Awareness Workshop
North Wales Police run the workshop on the theme "Do you know who you are recruiting / employing?". The workshop is supported by the National Document Fraud Unit, and is relevant for any member of staff who check documents for the purposes of identity, compliance or DBS checks. The aim of the workshop is to increase staff knowledge of identity documents and the potential for their abuse. The workshop includes the chance to examine counterfeit and genuine identity documents to gain a better understanding of the security features used and how to spot a fake.
Described as ‘fascinating’ this is ‘a very interesting course and I certainly have a greater awareness of the complexity of the composition of passports and some of the things to look out for when handling these documents.’ The interactive elements, range of documents presented for examination, and provision of a checklist for future reference were all greatly appreciated by attendees.
Visa and immigration rules, applicable to international students, are constantly changing. This course will explain how to support international students, and why certain University procedures are necessary. The course will explain how immigration rules impact students and staff. One such practical aspect is to ensure that the University and international students meet UKVI legal obligations and responsibilities. This course will highlight the challenges and provide advice on the support available, in addition to the visa requirements placed on students, staff’s reporting responsibilities, and the University’s obligations to the UKVI.
Benefits of Attending
- Have an overview of the make-up of the international student body.
- Gain an overview of UKVI rules and requirements for both the student and the University.
- Gain an understanding of staffs’ obligations in terms of reporting and visa/immigration responsibilities.
- Know who to refer your student to, and where to access further information.
Attendees ‘found the background and big picture information particularly helpful’, alongside the opportunity for interactive discussion. Staff also learn a lot, from ‘the importance of accurate note making on MyBangor’, to staff responsibility over employing students, the ‘complexity of international student management’, and ‘the severity of the implications caused by students not complying with the rules’.
*** For those who cannot attend the training face-to-face, a brief version of the GDPR/ Prevent training can be found on Blackboard for Bangor staff: Compliance (Ultra) training course.
For more information about upcoming dates, and to reserve a space on a training session, please contact Jenny Amphaeris in the Governance and Compliance Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.