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Welcome to the Talent Hub


Our approach to talent management will help our people have the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for both their career aspirations and our current and future organisational needs. We want to help make talent management and succession planning a core business process, supporting both the PeopleFirst agenda and our wider 2025 University Strategy Map.

On this webpage you will find an overview of our popular talent management tools and resources. To find out further details about each of these tools and resources, please get in touch.


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Huddersfield Leader Framework

The Huddersfield Leader Framework identifies what best practice in management and leadership at our University looks, feels and sounds like. It outlines the core competencies and behaviours for all managers, current and future. Each competency includes a brief description that every manager can use to guide them, and clearly outlines what staff can expect from their leaders and managers.

Huddersfield Leader 360 Degree Feedback Tool

360 Degree Feedback is a process in which individuals receive confidential, anonymous feedback from the people who work around them. This typically includes your line manager, peers, and direct reports. Like the Huddersfield Leader Framework, our 360-feedback questionnaire is broken down into three key categories; Managing Self, Managing Others and Managing Strategy.

  • To watch a short introductory video we send to people wishing to complete the Huddersfield Leader 360 Degree Feedback Tool, please click here.


Development Centres

A Development Centre (DC) is a holistic and innovative method of assessing people’s strengths and development needs. DCs use a similar approach and format as Assessment Centres, however, the focus and outputs are very different. Whilst Assessment Centres are about selecting talent, DCs are designed to develop future potential and talent. Our DCs combine a robust and objective feedback process with an immersive, reflective and engaging learning experience, during which participants from across the University community undertake a variety of exercises, ranging from completing individual psychometric reports to participating in team challenges.


Talent Management Conversation Tool

The Talent Conversation Tool is based on the 9-box talent grid, a widely used approach to Talent Management, which we have adapted to suit our University context. The tool helps measure ‘performance’ and ‘behaviours’, as well as exploring people’s ambition and potential to progress. Coming soon in 2021.


Personal Development and Performance Review (PDPR)

The PDPR is designed to be a transparent mechanism for setting objectives, identifying development needs, and embedding our values. The PDPR provides a ‘formal’ opportunity for staff to stand back from their day-to-day activities and discuss what they feel to be their main achievements over the last 12 months, their performance and career aspirations in general, and to make plans for the year ahead and beyond.

  • This short training video is about the PDPR process (for academic colleagues). To watch the video please click here.
  • For more information about the academic PDPRs and to access the PDPR documentation please click here.
  • This short training video about best practice for PDPR reviewers and reviewees (for professional services and technical services), please click here.
What does Succession Planning involve?

Succession Planning involves School and Service Senior Leadership Teams discussing potential vacancies or opportunities for colleagues to work on projects or go on secondment, and consider which staff may be most suitable to fill any positions, using the 9-box grid as a guide. Ideally, every position advertised should have at least one credible internal candidate.

  • Please click here for a short video about succession planning.



Talant Development and Management covers a wide range of topics for which we have curated a list of LinkedIn Learning courses and resources you can access through the links below. Access to LinkedIn learning is free to staff and students at the University, all you need is your University email address and password. You can find more information on how to access the materials on LinkedIn Learning here.


Interested? Please get in touch ...

If you would like to know more, or if you have any suggestions or ideas, please contact Danny Benton, through MS Teams, email:, or extension 3195.

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