University of Bath

Effective meetings

A session for staff covering the practical steps to ensure meetings have a purpose, feel collaborative and produce an outcome.

When the course runs

Date and time:

  • Thursday 28 March 2019, 2.15pm - 3.05pm

Presenter(s): Richard Brooks, Director for Human Resources and Amanda Harper, Director of Administration, Faculty of Science

2018/19 courses: This course is likely to run in December and March. Course dates will be published approximately 6 to 8 weeks beforehand.

To book/cancel your place once a course date has been arranged - please see the instructions below for using Employee Self Service (ESS).

About this course

Do you spend time in meetings wondering about their usefulness?

The success of a meeting can be determined by how efficiently it is managed and that means a role for all participants.

This short course will enable you to take some practical steps to ensure that future meetings have a purpose, feel collaborative and enable relationships to work.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • create a new approach to running/participating in meetings
  • reflect on the interventions that may be most appropriate to ensuring the meeting is purposeful and productive


This course has no pre-work.

Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF)

The Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF) has nine key behavioural areas. This course will help you to develop skills and knowledge related to the EBF behavioural groups highlighted below:

  • Achieving results
  • Using resources effectively
  • Working together

Please note that attending the course does not provide evidence of achieving these behaviours; you will need to demonstrate them by applying your skills and knowledge.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for all staff.

Book or cancel your place using ESS

Discussing your learning and development with your line manager

We assume that if you need permission or agreement to attend this course you will have arranged this before booking, and have also jointly discussed the following with your line manager to ensure that the training is suitable and your learning can be transferred back to the workplace:

  • how this training will help to deliver your individual/team goals
  • the expected outcomes (i.e. what is expected to change/improve as a result)
  • any support required post-course to enable you to transfer your learning back to the workplace

Book a place

Once a course date has been arranged you can book your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS). You must book a place to be able attend.

Please note that we do not hold a waiting list for this course.

Cancel your place

You can cancel your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS).

Please cancel your place as early as possible, and at least 3 days in advance, to allow others to book instead.

Online learning and resources

Access the Wrike 'Shall we have this meeting?' infographic decision tree referred to in the session.

Access online tools and support about effective meetings on-demand via the Development Toolkit, such as: