Oxford Brookes Business School

Short courses and masterclasses

  • Team in a workshop

    Are you one of the many managers or executives finding it challenging to find time for professional development?

    At Oxford Brookes Business School we offer short courses and masterclasses focused on topical challenges and providing focused CPD. These highly participative and engaging workshops use elements of our leading research to provide you with up-to-date professional development relevant to the workplace.

    The normal rate for each workshop is £375 per delegate per workshop, but early bird discounts and student rates may be available. Lunch, all refreshments and course notes are included.

    To reserve places please follow the links below (where dates have been specified) or contact us on commercialservices@brookes.ac.uk for more information.


    Workshop Dates

    Autumn 2019 workshop dates will be added soon.


    Disrupt or be Disrupted!

    The business landscape has not only become global - but also digital. No business is immune to the disruptions engendered by the dismantling of trade barriers and digitisation of commercial processes. This Masterclass has been specifically tailored to address the challenges facing SMEs and will show how businesses can develop strategies to adapt and thrive. Based on teaching from the highly rated Oxford Brookes Global MBA Programme, delegates will be equipped with an understanding of the drivers of disruption, its effect on consumer behaviour and how this can be countered, leveraged and exploited to gain and maintain competitive advantage.

    Introduction to Coaching Studies

    Coaching is now widely recognised as best practice in HR development. This workshop helps delegates understand basic coaching skills and practice, using a mix of teaching and practical activities. It introduces the use of a formal Coaching Model, how to become a coach (and/or mentor) and examines how to coach in a range of contexts, from executive level through to life coaching across a number of disciplines. The workshop is excellent preparation for anyone considering undertaking a course of study leading to an academic qualification such as the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

    Developing your Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision Practice through Systemic and Embodied Learning

    This workshop provides delegates with an opportunity to reflect on the key challenges and opportunities they face in developing their coaching practice and overall portfolio of work. It is designed around a systemic coaching approach and embodied coaching practices. Using an innovative 3D mapping technique, participants are helped to achieve clarity on their current situation and underlying issues – leading to the identification of solutions and resources needed. The workshop combines individual and group work.

    “It helped me identify that the approach I had been taking was flawed and that there were other ways of achieving a much more successful outcome which was better aligned to my values and strengths.”


    Some of the other workshops we run include:

    Leading and Managing in Times of Uncertainty

    The role of leaders and managers is changing – and has arguably never been so challenging. There is no longer such thing as a steady state and the skills required for managing uncertainty are quite different. This workshop will help you to have a well-developed understanding of your own leadership and management strengths and your personal development priorities, applying recent thinking and knowledge from research and our experience in the field.

    Introduction to Coaching & Mentoring

    Coaching is now widely recognised as best practice in HR development. This course is aimed at those who want to understand how to set up and maintain a coaching relationship in line with professional standards. It will cover the key skills and competencies required for coaching and investigate which coaching models and structures fit best in your organisation.

    Digital Marketing Basics

    According to the McKinsey report, Brand success in an era of Digital Darwinism “Companies with greater digital capabilities were able to convert sales at a rate 2.5 times greater than companies at the lower level did.” Digital campaigns can offer marketers more creative, flexible and responsive opportunities to vary their product or service offering to customers. This Masterclass will discuss how digital technologies have accelerated changes in the marketing environment, presenting both challenges and opportunities. You will learn how to combine digital and traditional marketing to optimum effect, plan and implement effective digital campaigns and understand what social media can achieve.

    Understanding Diversity in the Workplace

    Embracing diversity in the workplace can bring many benefits to SMEs – for example helping to broaden capabilities, get closer to customers and develop competitive advantage. This introductory course will show you how workforces are changing and likely to continue to change. It will help you understand your obligations and legal requirements so that you can update the equality policies and practices in your organisation. You will also develop your own skills in managing and benefiting from diversity – helping make your organisation more fit for the future.

    Innovation and Intrapreneurship

    How do you cultivate a sustainable, innovative culture in your company whilst at the same time keeping your teams’ minds on the job in hand? Do you have budding entrepreneurs in your organisation but are concerned about retaining them? This workshop will examine the concept and practice of developing an entrepreneurial mind-set and show that by helping people be more innovative, they can solve problems and follow up opportunities for the benefit of themselves and the organisation as a whole.

    Strategy and Design Thinking

    Strategic thinking and vision requires practice and space to be developed. These workshops offer new and senior managers a safe environment to move from the operational level to a strategic focus.  We will be offering a series of linked courses which you can choose to access individually or as a group.

    The initial group is as follows. Please select the workshops that you would be interested in finding out more about: (1-4)

    1. Strategy thinking, analysis and generation.
    2. Change Management Toolkit. Impact, mapping, and intervention strategies.
    3. Implementing Strategy Successfully – why strategic change fails and what to do about it.

    From PA to EA

    In today’s dynamic workplace – traditional jobs are being replaced by new kinds of roles- particularly in fast changing sectors such as finance and start-ups. Experienced Executive Assistants are increasingly becoming an important part of the management team and being rewarded accordingly. If you already have some experience as a PA or other support role, this workshop will look at the widespread responsibilities of senior EAs – and the competencies required. It will help you develop the understanding and skills needed to better position yourself to take up these demanding but exciting positions. (This is likely to be a weekend course - details and pricing available on request).

    Building a High-Performance Team

    This workshop examines the features and characteristics of high performing teams. As well as classroom sessions it will include a participatory team building exercise at the award-winning Brookes Restaurant. Highly interactive and fun – this exercise has proven highly effective in challenging pre-conceptions and demonstrating what it takes to build an effective team. The workshop thus combines cutting-edge theory with hands-on practice – and is suitable for individuals and existing teams… as long as you are prepared to join in! (Details and pricing available on request as the workshop design will depend on the mix of people wishing to attend).