Open Conversations - An Introduction
Duration 1.5 hours
Team Professional Development

Join the Organisational Development team for an interactive workshop on how we can approach the conversations we have in an open way. 

Open Conversations are at the heart of our university values and the culture we want to see thrive. These introductory workshops are the start of a programme of activity to support the growth and development of open conversations across the university.   

Session outcomes 

  • Create a common understanding of what an open conversation is.   
  • Build awareness of the benefits of open conversations and how all staff should feel empowered to have them.  
  • Gain clarity of conditions and culture that support and promote open conversations.   
  • Develop understanding of the opportunities for open conversations and the skills and behaviours to have one.  


What is an open conversation?  

An open conversation is a spoken interaction between two or more people, where those engaged in the conversation feel safe and able to contribute or raise relevant ideas, questions, or concerns.  An Open Conversation includes any or all of the following behaviours and actions:  


  • based on empathetic listening.  
  • where questions are used to explore and build understanding.  
  • non-judgemental.  
  • where not having an answer provides for the foundations of exploring and developing solutions.  
  • being comfortable and open with not knowing. 
  • empowering others to learn and develop and make decisions.   
  • believing in the ability of the individual to solve problems and find solutions for themselves.  


Who is the session for? 

This is one of several opportunities for colleagues that are staff members to learn more about open conversations, what they are and how they can get involved in this programme of activity.  

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course16 May 202416 May 202410:00am - 11:00am72
Online Course19 June 202419 June 20242:00pm - 3:00pm72
Online Course17 September 202417 September 202411:00am - 12:00pm74