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Staff development

To help ensure that you are enabled, engaged and empowered to continually develop, there are a range of options offered by the University’s development and training providers.

Details of the University’s team of development and training providers are below. 

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) offer support and leadership, advice and guidance relating to all aspects of learning, teaching and assessment at MMU. The Centre offers teaching qualifications and professional recognition (HEA / UKPSF) alongside pedagogical research and scholarship of teaching.

Equality & Diversity Team

The Equality & Diversity team can provide training and development across a number of areas. Routinely delivered sessions include: Disability SMART training (for staff and managers), Unconscious Bias training, Mental Health Awareness Training, Gender Identity training, Dignity at Work sessions and general equality and diversity awareness workshops. Specific bespoke training can also be commissioned by request. Online equality and diversity training is available for new starters, and staff and managers should routinely refresh their knowledge using this online resource. All staff can complete the online training here, and managers should complete the managing diversity package here.

For details of training or to request bespoke sessions, please contact the equality and diversity team:

Estates and Facilities

To develop the diverse teams within Estates and Facilities, a range of bespoke support and development is offered – from arranging external training for Property Services staff to ensure they are competent to work on the systems in our new buildings, through to the implementation of a professional development pathway for team leaders and managers with a focus on specialist facilities topics. Accredited training such as Food Safety for food handlers and Welcome Host customer service training for front line staff forms part of the training portfolio.

Financial and Legal Services

Financial and Legal Services provide support and training on areas such as Financial and Tax Compliance; Financial Regulations, Procedures and Processes; and Legal issues including Data Protection.

Graduate School

The Graduate School offers guidance, support and development relating to research degree supervision and examination.

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety team offer a range of development to help ensure your health and safety at work.

IT Training 

The IT training team deliver a range of IT courses, for all levels of computing competency, on the University Standard Platform software and Uniview.

The Language Centre 

The Language Centre provides individual English language support for colleagues whose first language is not English. A tutor will work with you to identify the challenges you face, and will meet you regularly to work on these skills. Your English coaching will be grounded in the context you are working; for example, pronunciation work and vocal strategies to aid lecture delivery, or a review of sentence structure to enhance your written feedback to students.

If you require knowledge of another language in your role, the Language Centre offers an extensive Evening Language Class programme, and staff may also join Uniwide Extra.

Learning and Development Team

The Learning and Development Team’s mission is to enable leaders across MMU to develop their team, their service and themselves. To achieve our mission, we manage a number of University projects, run a range of development and training programmes and run specific development interventions with managers and teams. These programmes have been mapped against the University’s Leadership and Management Competency Framework.

Further information on all of our training courses and programmes is available here.

You can also book onto a course or programme via myHR. If you cannot find a course that meets your needs, or you would like to discuss your development needs, please contact the Learning and Development Team.

Learning and Research Technology (LRT)

The Learning Innovation team within Learning and Research Technologies (LRT) support staff to effectively design, implement and evaluate a broad range of online and in-class learning technologies across all aspects of learning, teaching and assessment within the curriculum to enhance the student learning experience.

Library Services

Library Services offer tailored support for all aspects of teaching, learning and research at the University, focussing on the resources, digital and paper, at your disposal. The Service offers bespoke workshops or individual training on the effective searching and use of resources and services such as subject databases, standards, mapping services, journal citation reports and EndNote, all of which can help inform your teaching and research.

Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE)

Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) support staff involved in research and knowledge exchange, offering project support, guidance, useful tools and the latest news and information.

Programmes, Courses and Events

Programmes, courses and events delivered by the development and training providers can be found in the myTraining section on myHR.

If you do not have access to myHR, you should contact your manager who will be able to assist you further as they can access the myTraining section of myHR on your behalf.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, please notify the development provider at least 48 hours before the event so that someone else may be able to take your place. Please note that a cancellation fee of £40 will be charged to your department if you fail to notify us of your non-attendance or withdrawal from the course or the equivalent course fee should that be applicable.