Leadership and management

We offer a range of development opportunities for you to develop your people management and leadership skills, knowledge and behaviours at all levels.

Using the principle of progressive mastery, where people grow into roles and develop new skills through learning and practice, our provision is grouped into a number of levels.  Attendance is not restricted to grades but instead is aimed at people with different levels of experience.

We have mapped out all our provision in our Interactive Leadership Landscape (currently under review). Simply click on a learning opportunity you wish to explore further (note that some courses/training are still "under development").

You may also choose to formalise your learning through one of our externally accredited ILM qualifications or CMI Leadership & Management Programmes.

COVID-19: Leading and managing in “the new normal”

We have been listening to people, reading the latest research and working with expert providers to create a growing, innovative set of development opportunities that will provide you with the right resources, powerful behaviours and effective skill sets to help you lead and manage people in this rapidly changing, uncertain complex and ambiguous world.

Academic Leadership

As well as all the development available here, we have created academic leadership programmes tailored especially to the needs of Heads of Department, Directors and Associate Deans. These are the result of considerable research and consultation and form the core of a growing set of opportunities to support academic leadership. 

People Management

For those who have little or no management experience and do not currently manage others.

Aims to provide you with a taste of what it takes to be a manager at the University and develop some basic management skills and knowledge.

  • The big picture: organisational awareness
  • The effective manager: managing yourself
  • The effective team: managing people and resources
  • Engaging and understanding others
  • Career planning and personal development

The Aspiring Managers Programme (AMP)

For people who supervise teams but who are often not their line managers.

Aims to improve people management and communication skills.

  • Leading and managing your team
  • Key communication techniques for managers
  • Difficult conversations, people and negativity

The Effective Supervisor Programme

For those who have just or are about to become managers for the first time at the University.

Delivered through a range of workshops covering all the essentials. (ILM = workshops can contribute towards an ILM qualification at the level specified).

For general managers with 4+ years of experience in a range of management topics.

Aims to introduce leadership topics and provides opportunities to enhance your networks.


For people who have just taken on, or are about to take on, a leadership role featuring some strategic rather than solely operational work. (ILM = workshops provide learning towards an ILM qualification at the relevant level).

Aims to consolidate basic leadership practice.

For leaders with several years of leadership and expertise in strategic areas of their work.

Aims to explore aspects of leadership in more detail. (ILM = workshops contribute towards an ILM qualification at the relevant level).