Human Resources


General condition and advice about choosing Management Development Programmes 

For practising managers

We design our programmes to be pragmatic, enabling managers to make sense of their role and gain immediate feedback by practising tools and techniques in work-based leadership tasks. So delegates need to be in a management position. They are not designed as theoretical experiences which staff may apply at some point in the future.


Each programme has been designed with a particular level of manager in mind i.e. the size of their team, their responsibilities and the balance of strategic and operational tasks they are required to undertake. Since all management posts at the university have been graded against these criteria, we filter applications by grade.

The ILM assessment Criteria also demand that delegates are in a manager's role.

Why no exceptions

We cannot make exceptions to these criteria as:

a) other delegates would not gain the same insight from participants not working as managers or at that grade, which is seen as a major benefit of attending these programmes.
b) we are regularly over-subscribed with managers who do fit these criteria.


So if the programme is not for you, here are some other suggestions:

  1. Take a look at the 'Management Development Framework'.
  2. If you are not already in a management position, we have designed 'Step Up to Management' for you.
  3. There are a number of short courses covering 'management themes' that are open to 'non-managers'.
  4. If you looking for a more theoretical knowledge: