Human Resources

Supporting individuals

We hope the information below will help you develop personally or professionally; address skill gaps or work-related challenges and assist your career development. Your continuing professional development (CPD) is a lifelong process and not just about going on courses nor 'collecting' qualifications, but about learning from development opportunities and applying that new learning to your work and/or personal life.

Personal and Professional Development 

Finding a training or development solution

Following an induction, probation or Staff Development and Performance Review (SDPR) meeting, you have identified some knowledge or skill that you would like to improve, your next step is to find a development solution which might be:

Make a plan

Having found a solution, it is more likely to happen if you write it down. A PDP is about looking forward not back, to capture your key areas of learning and development including how these needs will be addressed, supported and measured in the short, medium and long term. Find out more about PDPs in the Development Toolkit.


Faculties and Departments are responsible for supporting and funding internal and external development activities for all staff in their area. The Staff Development Unit cannot accept any further applications for funding due to a review of its budgets.  Our existing commitments will all be honoured.

Recording training

Coaching and Mentoring

Courses are not always the best solution for someone trying to make sense of a situation; undergoing a transition e.g. a promotion, changing circumstances; leading a change or innovation or wishing to develop greater resilience. In these instances, close support in the form of a coach or mentor may be more effective. 

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is where an individual from one area of the organisation has the opportunity to work alongside and gain experience of the role of another individual, and gain an insight into that particular work area. 

Career development

The Development Toolkit  has a range of information and exercises to help you develop your career management plan, job-hunt and build your personal 'profile'. Other useful links


Diagnostics can help you identify personal strengths, learning needs and the motivations and perspectives of others. You will find a number of diagnostics in the Development Toolkit under the relevant topic.

Some diagnostic instruments are called "psychometrics" because they are rooted in psychological theory and can help you understand and modify your preferences and behaviour in certain situations that are likely to affect your work. These may be integrated into programmes and coaching sessions where appropriate, but we do not currently offer a stand-alone service for individuals. We currently have staff qualified to administer the following instruments:

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step I and II
  • Team Management Profile
  • Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.