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


The Staff Development Team are here to support new members of staff and their line managers in ensuring a smooth induction process. The central process is:

All new staff are emailed and should look over the Online Induction Pack  prior the them starting and use this as a reference point as they begin their careers with us.

The line manager and new member of staff should complete the Induction Checklist within the first month and return this to staff development to support the local induction.

All new staff will be emailed an invite to the bi-annual New Staff Networking Event to help them embed in to the wider University community. 

If you have any queries then please get in touch with us.





Birkman is a psychometric tool that allows individuals and teams to better understand their personality The Birkman methods measures several aspects of personality including us at our best, what our expectations of others is and what happens under stress. They represent a unique aspect regarding one’s approach, style, and areas of motivation. Both Clare and Max are Birkman Certified Professionals and can administer the questionnaire and a feedback session for both individual development as well as for in-depth team development. If you would like to learn more about how Birkman can help you or your team then please get in touch with us.

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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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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 

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 accredted programmes 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
  • Middle Management Programme: ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management

For full details of all the programmes on offer please refer to our Leadership Course Booklet here

Coaching and Mentoring

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 


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.

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