General Information

What is staff development?

Staff development is not just about courses and workshops, but also includes:

Action learning sets

Action Learning Sets are small groups of individuals who support one another in learning and development in an area where they have an interest and wish to expand on their expertise.


In a 1:1 setting, through a series of conversations, the coach helps the individual being coached to explore their personal and career aspirations and goals.


Learning enabled or supported through the use of IT and communications technology. Learn anytime, anywhere and at your own pace.

Formal qualifications

Foundation Degrees, Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees are only a few examples of formal qualifications.


A mentor is a wise and trusted advisor to a less experienced person. In a formal learning situation, mentoring functions can be understood as providing support, challenge, and vision.


Networking is an essential part of staff development. Not only does it provide an opportunity to improve connections and share good practice, it also enhances knowledge and skills.

Professional Memberships

Maintaining a Professional Membership can form an essential part of a development plan.

Examples include:


Secondments have proved to be very valuable for development. They provide an opportunity for an individual to gain further skills, knowledge and experience in a role other than their own.

Self-directed study

A range of resources are available to enhance your learning, including electronic journals and e-books. The University Library also offers advice on finding and organising information effectively.


Work shadowing refers to a process whereby a person 'shadows' or follows someone in their work role for a period of time, for the purpose of enhancing their appreciation of a role or project, and thereby their performance.

Workshops and Conferences

A selection of workshops and Conferences from the wide range on offer can be found on this site.