Curriculum Vitæ, Ellis Weinberger

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Appointments Held

Current position, 2008 - present

Observation skills trainer

Research, design, and run workshops, on observation skills, communication skills, and personal safety, for staff and students at Cambridge University, lone workers in voluntary bodies, and for volunteers stewarding events. The workshops are based on published research; interviews with police officers, army officers, and security staff; and on years of experience running workshops. The workshops give you tools to teach yourself what to notice, how to observe, and how to behave. These tools can help you keep yourself and others safe.

Current position, 2009 - present

Information Assistant Careers Service, University of Cambridge

Welcome dozens of clients a day, in person and over the ‘phone. Interview them, and help them explore their aspirations. Recommend resources from the Careers Service. Encourage cohesion within my team. Help administer and develop the client booking system. Help maintain and develop printed and electronic resources in the Careers Service Library.

1996 - 2009

Employment at Cambridge University Library

January 2002 - February 2009

Research Associate Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, and Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge University Library.

Consult with photographers, and write effective procedures for manuscript digitising; manage digitising projects by talking to photographers, helping them solve problems, and checking images and metadata. Communicate with photographers and security experts, and agree on requirements and costs for secure storage of image files; write and enforce policies and procedures which enable cheap and secure storage of images. Work with editors and researchers, and write procedures which enable production of printed volumes during re-creation of typesetting system; supervise typesetting system software development in a manner which keeps the production staff satisfied.

March 1999 - January 2002

Project Officer Consortium of University Research Libraries Exemplars in Digital Archives project, Cambridge University Library.

Communicate with digital preservation experts, librarians, and archivists, and write policy documents on collection management, intellectual property rights, and security requirements, so that people can continue to use legacy digital objects. Present to groups and publish papers, so that people can understand the problems and the solutions involved in preserving the ability to use digital objects.

August 1996 - March 1999

Research Assistant Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library

Supervise a manuscript digitising, and web software development project, enabling users to find and view images they need; present and publish on the manuscript digitizing project, enabling others to learn by example. Edit descriptions, compile indexes, and prepare camera ready copy, for manuscript catalogues, enabling publication of volumes. Negotiate with academics overseas and with local staff to facilitate the planning of joint projects. Negotiate rights for publishers to use Genizah manuscript images, enabling others to publish.

July 1995 - August 1996

Principal Library Assistant Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica Section, The Library, School of Oriental and African studies, The University of London.

Catalogue volumes in a variety of languages, giving users ability to find volumes easily. Develop and implement method to expedite transliteration slip production, increasing production rate of cataloguing project.

August 1992 - August 1994

Bookseller and buyer for Literary Criticism, Drama, Science Fiction, Crime, Biography, and Spoken Word, Waterstone's Booksellers, 48/49 The High Street, Exeter, Devon.

May 1990 - August 1992

Customer Care Officer Comet Service Department, Frog Street, Exeter, Devon.

August 1986 - August 1987

Cataloguer Hebrew University Library, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel.

March 1985 - August 1986

Bookseller The Bookstop bookstore, Du Nawas Street, Jerusalem, Israel.

February 1982 - February 1985

Staff Sergeant Signal Corps Instructor, and Operations Room Sergeant, Signal Corps, Israel Defence Forces.

Qualifications and training

Level 3 Award in Education and Training: Ascentis, 2014

Level 3 Award for Deliverers of Conflict Management: City & Guilds, 2014

First Aid at Work: 2014, 2017; Personal safety and lone working: 2018; Annual refresher course in first aid skills: 2018: St Johns Ambulance

Level 2 Award in Door Supervision: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance, 2013

Introduction to Counselling Skills, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, 2013, 2016

Assertive Communication for Postdocs/Research Staff, 2011; Communication Skills Advanced, 2012; Key Skills in Listening to, Communicating with and Supporting Individuals, 2012; Communication Skills Introduction, 2013; Managing and Developing Effective Teams, 2013; Conflict Resolution, 2011, 2014; The Art of Negotiation and Influence; and Promoting Yourself and Your Ideas, 2014: Centre for Personal and Professional Development, University of Cambridge

Risk Management; Introduction to Safety Management; Risk Assessment and Afterwards; Confidence in Personal Safety and Defusing Conflict, 2012; and Fire Warden: Health and Safety Office, University of Cambridge

Personal Defence Readiness: Introductory, 2011, 2013; Weapons Defence, 2012, 2014; and Tactical Groundfighting, 2012; Weapons Defence Course incorporating the S.P.E.A.R. System, 2015; Functional Control Tactics Course, 2015; Functional Self Protection & Combatives Course: Beyond the ambush: Dealing with sustained attacks, 2016: Zeb Glover, Safe Space Gym, Brighton

Crossfit Defense Course, Tony Blauer: Reebok CrossFit Stockport, 2013; Reebok Crossfit Thames, 2015

Project Griffin Awareness: Suffolk Constabulary, 2012; Cambridgeshire Constabulary, 2014

Self Defence Seminar, Rory Miller, 2015; Rory Miller Seminar, 2018, Simply Krav Maga, Cambridge,

Counter Surveillance Techniques for Close Protection Officers; and Surveillance Photography Workshop, ISS Training Ltd., Skipton, 2015

Stop Assault FAST Level I, Bill Kipp, Fight Science, Staines, 2016

Basic Security in the Field II, Advanced Security in the Field, United Nations Department of Safety and Security, 2016

Stop Assault FAST Level I, Andras Millward, CrossFit Fort-Ashton, Bristol, 2016

Rory Miller training course, Application Based Karate, Swindon, 2016

Women's Personal Safety Workshop, 2016; Women's SPEAR Sharpening Course, 2017, Wayne Armstrong, PDR Swindon

Objective Gap Safety course, Charlie McGrath, Objective Travel Safety, London, 2017

Mission Ready: Field Security Management; Mission Ready: Remote Security Management, RedR UK, 2017

Stay Safe Course, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 2017

Higher Education 1 Day Course, Mental Health First Aid England, 2017


2006, Department of Geography, Cambridge University, Fundamentals of Integrated Geographical Information Systems.

1996, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, Introductory Arabic.

1994-1996, Department of Information and Library Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, MSc. (Econ), Information and Library Studies.

1990-1991, Exeter College, Exeter, Devon, Certificate of Management Studies Course, BTEC.

1987-1989, Cygnet Training Theatre, Exeter, Devon, theatre training.

1985-1987, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel, dual major, humanities and social sciences.

Voluntary activities

As member of the External Ethics & Advisory Group of Cambridgeshire Constabulary: Chair the Stop and Search Community Scrutiny Group; participate in research on Stop Search effectiveness; advise on ethics and on diversity as a member of the Ethics Equality and Inclusion Board, and of the External Ethics Committee; and explain the role of the constabulary to the community.

2007 - 2015, as member of the Voluntary Sector Working Group of the Regional Resilience Forum of the East of England: Liaise with faith bodies, and provide guidance and contacts to local government for use in emergencies.

2003 - 2012, as Co-Chair, Director, and Company Secretary of the East of England Faiths Council: Encourage cooperation between government and faith communities.

Additional details

References and publication list on request.

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© Ellis Weinberger; revised June 2018