Staff development exists to support staff in their professional development at the University and plays a key role in the Human Resources Strategy. This includes a variety of programmes and workshops as well as coaching, mentoring and our buddy scheme. 

The purpose of staff development is to aid in the provision of a positive working environment which enables staff to optimise their performance, commitment and contribution. We take our responsibilities in relation to diversity and equality seriously. Therefore, if you have any comments or queries on the accessibility of our provision and the inclusivity of our materials, please contact us.

Details of how we can support you can be found in our Staff Development Interactive Guide here 

If you wish to book on to a course please click here

Leadership and Management Development

We offer a range of Leadership and Management Programmes to suit those at different stages in their careers. From Essential Supervisory Skills to our International Leadership Development Programme, we are here to help support you through your leadership journey. 

The University of Aberdeen has been an ILM accredited centre since 2012, allowing us to offer University specific programmes in Leadership and Management Development coupled with the formal qualification from the ILM.

We currently offer: 

  • Essential Supervisory Skills
  • Moving into Management: ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management
  • ILM Level 3 Award in Coaching
  • Middle Management Programme: ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • Head of School Programme
  • International Leadership Development Programme 

For full details of all the programmes on offer please refer to our Staff Development Interactive Guide here 

Courses and Workshops

To help support your development we run a range of courses and workshops. These cover a range of behavioural skills and are run based on demand. To see what is currently available to book please click here 

To see the full range of course and workshops that we can run please see our Staff Development Interactive Guide here 

Bespoke Support

While we try and run a range of programmes and courses to suit the majority of needs across the University sometimes there may be a requirement for something more bespoke. If you feel you or your team have a particular need that is not captured in our Staff Development Interactive Guide here, then please get in touch with us to discuss your needs further.

Belbin Team Roles

Both Clare and Max in the Staff Development Team are accredited practitioners in Belbin Team Roles and can help you to unlock the full potential of your team. We can work with you to put together a bespoke workshop to give you these insights along with individual and team Belbin reports. To find out more please get in touch by email or phone to see how understanding Belbin can help increase the productivity and satisfaction of your team.

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Coaching, Mentoring and Buddying

To support staff from their induction to promotion and beyond we run three distinct matching schemes. 

To find out about all three of the programmes and how you can get involved please see our Staff Development Interactive Guide here 



The Staff Development Team are here to support new members of staff and their line managers in ensuring a smooth induction process. To find out about the induction process and how line managers should be involved in supporting this please see our Staff Development Interactive Guide here 



Contact Us

To find out more about the team and how we can support you please see our Staff Development Interactive Guide here

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 27 3963