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Leadership Programmes

The University offers a range of leadership and management development opportunities that will support you whether you have recently taken on line management of other researchers or technical staff or whether you lead a large Research Institute.

There are a wide range of resources available that integrate skills, style and behavioural assessment, online learning, coach or mentor support, classroom-based workshops and facilitated action learning sets.

The First Line Manager Leadership Programme is aimed at colleagues who are already managers and consists of nine core workshops. The focus of the programme is developing practical and pragmatic leadership skills and is ideal for newly appointed Research Leaders.

The Middle Manager Leadership Programme covers a range of key themes relating to the University strategy and is shaped by both the changing HE context and feedback from programme participants throughout the year. The format offers a range of half-day and full-day modules as dictated by the requirements of the content. Speakers and leads are drawn from Senior University colleagues and high quality external providers. This programme is targeted primarily at Researchers who manage other managers.

The Top Manager Programme supports senior managers through seminar workshops led by the Vice-Chancellor and other senior colleagues and expert external speakers. The programme is reviewed and refreshed each year via input from programme participants and the VCO.

In addition to our Leadership Development Programmes we also provide a range of topic based programmes including: Appraisal Skills; Recruitment & Selection; Leading Change; Management of Stress; Managing Performance; Understanding your Management Style

Details of all courses available from the staff development course index


Skill Development

An extensive programme of workshops and seminars are offered, including accredited programmes to support your work as a researcher, develop skills in teaching and learning and assist your personal effectiveness.

Mentoring and Coaching

The Staff Development Unit helps colleagues to find a coach or mentor on request. The one-to-one support that a coach or mentor provides facilitates individual development and personal growth.

Research Staff can benefit from the support of a coach or mentor at all stages of their Research Career.



Mentors usually have more extensive experience than their mentees and may be senior in terms of role and remit. Mentors are often selected from within the University but not from within the mentee’s immediate work environment. Mentoring relationships usually focus on the holistic development of the colleague being mentored and require investment in terms of time. Meetings usually take place every four to six weeks over a nine to twelve month period.


We maintain a register of internal mentors and can also access prospective candidates through our links with other universities. Mentor partnerships are sourced at no cost to the mentee’s School or Service as arrangements are made on a reciprocal basis.



Coaching provision is usually a shorter term intervention (up to six months with meetings at approximately monthly intervals) and often has a specific focus or objective which may relate to a task or behavioural issue. We have brokered interventions on both an individual and team basis. Coaches may be drawn from within the coachee’s immediate work environment, from elsewhere within the University or via professional external providers.


Where external coaches are engaged the cost is borne by the sponsoring School or Service.


If you would like to know more about finding a mentor or coach or if you are interested in becoming a coach or mentor contact:

Helen Walker: email or phone ext. 2446 (01484 472446)

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