House of Commons Training in the next fortnight

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This is the fortnight training information from the Commons Learning and Development Team for you to be able to find the available courses for the following two weeks. We are including some law sessions recently arranged for March.

Please click the links to book if you are available to join.

W/C 21 February

W/C 28 February

  • Supporting Distressed Caller: we are rearranging the sessions’ dates

Newly arranged short webinar Law sessions in March

Public inquiries and the Coronavirus pandemic – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 31 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Online (MS Teams)

Two public inquiries have been announced, one by the UK Government and the other by the Scottish Government, into the Covid-19 pandemic response. This talk will explain how those inquiries will go about their work, what powers they will have, and what they will look at.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialist followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/public-inquiries-and-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Bank branch closures: the numbers and issues – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 24 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Online (MS Teams)

Bank branch numbers have been falling for years, and the pandemic has only sped this up. This talk will look at those numbers, as well as the effects on people, businesses and communities. What can be done about this and what plans are there to maintain access to cash?

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/bank-branch-closures–the-numbers-and-issues/

Understanding and using statistics: the basics for dealing with numerical information – Commons Library talk

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Wednesday 16 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 15:30
Online (MS Teams)

This talk is designed to help you understand, accurately interpret and clearly present statistical information. It includes some practical tips on using and writing about statistics and introduces some important statistical concepts.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/understanding-and-using-statistics-the-basics-for-dealing-with-numerical-information-/

Housing disrepair – Commons Library talk

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Thursday 10 Mar 2022, 14:30 – 15:30
Online (MS Teams)

This talk will give an overview of tenants’ rights and options when their landlords don’t respond to requests for repairs.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialist followed by time for questions

Presenter

  • Wendy Wilson
    Commons Library subject specialist in housing law and policy

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/housing-disrepair/

Mental health reform proposals – Commons Library talk

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Wednesday 02 Mar 2022, 15:00 – 16:00
Online (MS Teams)

This talk will provide an overview of the process of reforming the Mental Health Act. It will focus on the main changes proposed to the legal framework and related policy.

Event format

Online presentation by the specialists followed by time for questions

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/mental-health-reform-proposals/

National Audit Office: Transport departmental overview – Commons Library event

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Thursday 24 Feb 2022, 15:00 – 16:00
Online (MS Teams)

This talk by staff from the National Audit Office (NAO) will give an overview of Department for Transport spending in 2020-21, its major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges it’s likely to face in the coming year (based on insights from the NAO’s work).

The NAO is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog. It supports Parliament in holding the UK Government to account and aims to help improve public services through its audits.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/national-audit-office-transport-departmental-overview/

National Audit Office: School funding and financial sustainability of schools in England – Commons Library event

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Thursday 10 Feb 2022, 15:00 – 16:00
Online (MS Teams)

This talk will focus on recent National Audit Office (NAO) publications which examined whether the Department for Education is distributing funding and supporting schools in a way that improves financial sustainability.

The NAO is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog. It supports Parliament in holding the UK Government to account and aims to help improve public services through its audits.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks-events/school-funding-and-financial-sustainability-of-schools-in-england-/

Oxford University Press demonstration

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Wednesday 09 Feb 2022, 10:30 – 11:30
Online via MS Teams

Book in for a demonstration of two Oxford University Press reference services:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography gives you access to biographies of people who have shaped British history and culture and who died in, or before, 2017.

Oxford English Dictionary is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

The session will be presented by a trainer from the Oxford University Press.

For further information and booking, please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/whats-on/2022/february/oxford-university-press-demonstration/

Forthcoming training sessions from the Commons Learning and Development Team

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Please find below information on training courses from the Commons Learning and Development Team which will take place in the next two weeks. Please click the links if you are available to join.

W/C 31 January (this week)

W/C 7 February

W/C 14 February