Professional development

Professional development is crucial in ensuring our staff are equipped with the skills to flourish within their chosen career path. The Academy is our dedicated team of professionals who support career development for all staff through a broad range of conferences, workshops and courses which are augmented by our well-established mentoring network. In this area, you will find an overview of what is available to colleagues.

The Academy

Our Leadership, Organisational, Professional and Academic Development Academy (The Academy) is responsible for a large part of the development offer that we provide for staff. Our Academy team covers four broad areas: leadership and management, research, education and the professional practice of all staff.

New starters

All colleagues are offered tailored induction programmes at department level, and University-wide welcome events for new staff. New staff are also encouraged to explore the New Starters area.

Professional development

We coordinate a Mentoring Network (intranet), facilitating mentoring relationships to support staff to grow and develop in their role and beyond.

Following an established Professional Development Review (PDR) process is an integrated part of our practice.

Our Annual Review process allows for the consideration of cases for promotion and accelerated incremental progression.

We offer extensive online training provision including the Professional Development Toolkit, wellbeing resources and free access to LinkedIn Learning.

Frequent IT Workshops are run by IT Services.

Researchers and technicians

We are a signatory to the Concordat for the Development of Research Staff, aiming to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education, and have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research Badge in recognition of this.

Specific researcher development opportunities are on offer, in line with the Researcher Development Framework, such as development sessions, “Making an Impact“ activities and online resources.

Our Research Staff Association provides a platform for networking, facilitating a borderless community for researchers and representing a collective voice for research staff.

Colleagues also have the opportunity to apply for paid Research Leave (intranet).

Technicians can access their own Technicians Hub which is packed full of information on development opportunities, community news and governance.


range of development opportunities for colleagues who teach is provided for staff at all stages of their careers.

Diversity and equality

We are a member of the Athena SWAN Charter demonstrating our commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).


We offer career development opportunities through a range of staff apprenticeships which can lead to recognised and accredited qualifications. 

I found support from a mentor outside of my school to be invaluable in preparing for my application.

Professor Rachel Bearon - Mathematical Sciences

I’ve worked at the University for eight years, progressing from an Administrative Assistant position to my current role. During this time I’ve always felt valued by my colleagues and manager, and encouraged to continue my professional development to progress in my career.

Robynne Morris - Student Recruitment, WP and Admissions

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