Human Resources

What am I entitled to?

Time

All staff are encouraged to undertake learning and professional development throughout their time at the University, and the learning and developing web area sets out the many opportunities and options for doing so.

There is no set number of days or hours that each staff member should be engaged in training and development, as it varies with role and time. However, most full-time employees should expect to spend several days each year in learning and development activity (which is not limited to formal classroom-based courses). 

There is a legal right to request time off for training, and the University has a policy to cover this, but most staff find that they are able to negotiate with their line manager for appropriate time away from their workplace to undergo training, without using the formal procedure.

Funding

Departments are required to allocate training budgets which are the first option for funding courses and other professional development; speak to your line manager about the situation in your department. There is currently a small Continuing Professional Development fund managed by the Staff Development Unit, which can be used to support attendance at external programmes, subject to certain conditions.

The University also offers discount for staff undertaking some University programmes.