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Waterstons AcademyLITE

Flexible, relevant and enjoyable learning that you can apply day-to-day.

We’re delighted with the support our ‘Academy Lite’ has received from our clients, networks and people. The courses were originally intended to help everybody develop, learn, and grow regardless of their circumstances during the pandemic.

Because of the support we have received, we’ve decided to start working on a new Academy ready to launch in the New Year. Don’t worry though; all the courses produced so far will remain available to view on this site.

Our new-look Academy will be free to attend and will have a mixture of business and technology topics designed to help you think differently, improve your knowledge, and help you build a better business.

If you’re on our mailing list already, we’ll be sure to update you. If not, please join below and we’ll keep you up to date with the new-look Academy.

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Adam Lisik


20 mins

Want to get started with Automation but don’t know where to begin? This course walks you through some of the basics and shows you where to start.

Dawn Ward

Giving and Receiving Feedback

10 mins

Giving and receiving feedback can be difficult. This course touches on the basics of giving effective feedback and how to meaningfully receive it.

Danny Harris

Atlassian 101

15 mins

Learn what Atlassian’s Jira Core, Jira Software and Jira Service Desk can do for you and your team.

Maggie Mutkovicova

The Power of LinkedIn

25 mins - 45 mins

Build your personal brand and a professional network with some simple steps in this course.

Sally Edgar

Digital Transformation

10 mins - 1 hour

Confused about Digital Transformation and what it means for a business? Demystify digital in this 3 part workshop.

Jeffrey Long

M&A 101

15 mins - 30 mins

The world of Mergers and Acquisitions for non-Mergers and Acquisitions people.

Fiona Ward

Life on the digital home front

30 mins - 3 hrs

How has technology helped and hindered us, as individuals, during COVID 19?

Mike Pemberton

WiFi Unplugged

42 mins

WiFi is something we now take for granted. But do you know where it came from or what it really is?

Daniel Halliday

What is "Agile"?

20 mins

What is "Agile"? Learn about what agile is not and how you can get started on your agile journey.

Leanne Cullen

What is a Business' DNA?

20 mins

This short course provides insight into how important the DNA of a business is to both your customers and your employees.

Michael Stirrup

Finance for Beginners

18 mins

This short course is for non-finance people and covers the basics of balance sheets and terms you might have heard before.

Dan Burrows, Katharina Hein

IT in Mergers & Acquisitions

21 mins

This short course talks about the importance of IT due diligence in M&A deals and talks through what our consultants help with during deals.

Matthew Lamb

Create a Microsite in SharePoint Online

35 mins

This course is a step by step guide on how to create an internal microsite for a specific topic using tools in SharePoint Online.

John Airey

Trusted Advisor

25 mins - 50 mins

A set of skills and practices to help you utilise the concept of 'Trusted Advisor'

David Hooper, Andrew Quinn

Enterprise Architecture

35 - 45 mins

This course explains what ‘Enterprise Architecture’ is and why you might consider using it to improve the performance of your organisation. In this course we discuss two types of Enterprise Architecture to suit both SMEs and larger enterprises.

Ajaib Singh

Stakeholder Management

15 mins

Learn how to identify, communicate and collaborate with stakeholders to ensure the success of your project, programme or activity.

Stewart Hogg

Business Resilience

50 mins

We believe that business resilience can help you to survive and thrive during uncertain times - this course outlines how to start your resilience journey.

Dan O'Hara, Andrew Quinn

The Cloud

15 mins - 1 hr 15 mins

When something is in the cloud, where is it and what does that mean? This short course answers those questions and provides a basic understanding of the world of cloud computing.

Rob Colclough

IT Management and Governance

20 mins

This short course aims to give you an introduction to the COBIT framework and how you can use its Goals Cascade to assist you when aligning your business objectives with your IT.

Helen McMillan

Customer Journey

45 mins

Learn how to walk in your customers shoes as they engage with your business.

Andrew Gill, Ricky Milliken

Lessons for business from a submariner

25 mins

Learn from Ricky, who spent many years serving on a submarine, about the things he has brought into business from his time there and what we can all learn from the Forces.

Andrew Gill, Martin Simmons

Deliver Engaging Remote Workshops

38 mins

Deliver engaging remote workshops

Neelam Lodhia

Remote Project Management

10 mins

How to manage project teams remotely.

Sally Waterston

Culture of Kindness

45 mins

Sally Waterston is a guest on the Culture of Kindness podcast with Nahla Summers.

James Bell

Power BI: Getting Started

15 minutes

This short course gives you an introduction to harnessing the power of Power BI.

Fred Holmes


35 mins

What is Mindfulness and how does it work? This course gives a basic overview of the concept and access to a simple 15 minute mindfulness exercise.

Andrew Quinn

Artificial Intelligence

10 mins

This course will walk you through the basics of what artificial intelligence means for you today.


Business Leadership

30 mins - 1 hr 5 mins

This short course shares an insight into the Waterstons’ way of working. It will explore our values of people first, honesty, collaboration, trust, empowerment, quality and innovation and how these have contributed to building a successful business.

Stewart Hogg, Kieran Fowler

De-mystifying Cyber Security

20 mins - 1.5 hrs

This course equips you with the information required to protect yourself and your organisation, by outlining the current cyber threat landscape, providing a demonstration of a common cyber-attack and highlighting the basic steps you can take to mitigate cyber threats.

Steve Williams, Helen Fawcett

Digital Pedagogy

25 mins

What will Universities look like in Autumn 2020 and beyond?

Andrew Gill

Time Management

1 hr

How to get stuff done without sinking under the weight of a million emails. Techniques for managing your time and workload.

Christopher Grosberg

Communication in Microsoft Teams

30 mins

This short course covers the basics of using Microsoft Teams as a communication platform with a particular focus on interacting with your team.

Helen McMillan

Risk Management

45 min - 1.5 hrs

How to identify where the risks in your business are right now and use them to make your business safer and more resilient in unprecedented times.

Steve Williams

Build a better business case

30 mins

This short video and simple handout arm you with techniques to help you frame and manage desired outcomes in a way that makes sense to your audience.

Mark Lawson


2 hrs - 2.5 hrs

The innovation course provides a structured yet creative approach to generating a list of innovation ideas that tackle current problems & unlock future opportunities.