Skip to main content

Courses and resources

SAL: Understanding Your Role



Leadership and Management


People Management

About this course:

The purpose of the SAL development sessions is to support you in the following areas: - Understanding your role as a SAL (especially with regards to people management, mentoring and reviewing).

- Encouraging effective people management through consistent management practices.

- Learning from each other, sharing experiences and providing peer support.

It is essential that you are completely clear about what you do as a SAL and how these duties and responsibilities fit with the rest of the Departmental structure.

This session will be co-delivered by a HoD, along with a Senior HR Partner and People Development colleagues.

We would also recommend attending the 'People Management Conversations' course, which builds on the content of this session.

Additionally, you will be signposted to self-study resources that complement the content you cover in the workshops.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of attending this course, you will know: - What a SAL should be doing from the point of view of the Department (i.e.

the HoD), the SAL themselves, and the colleagues they will support, as part of a leadership team.

- The importance of and context for checking in with colleagues (what do you cover, PDR, etc.).

- The role of mentoring and difference between the SAL role and the Senior Academic Mentor role.

- Your role in promotion and progression (e.g.

supporting applications, access to SWARM, setting promotion targets, PDP and APP).

- Your role in managing absence and performance as part of a team.

- The role of HR Advisors and HR Partners in supporting you as a SAL.

Who should attend this course:

Any member of staff who is currently a Senior Academic Lead (SAL), or will be stepping into this role shortly in the future, as identified in succession planning.


Presenters will include HoDs, Senior HR Partner, and Learning & Development Manager.

Please use the link below to add your name to the waiting list. TBC TBC TBC Free No info

Please add yourself to the waiting list and we will contact you once dates are available.


Book your place or add your name to the waiting list