People and Organisational Development Unit

What we do

POD contributes to people development strategy across the University, working strategically with partners such as HR, EDU and Athena SWAN leads.

How we work

The People and Organisational Development Unit supports the University’s strategic aims through the targeted development of people by:

  • Formulating and informing strategy regarding people development across the University
  • Promoting best practice in leadership and management in people development
  • Helping leaders and managers to enhance team, departmental and divisional effectiveness
  • Enabling individuals to take charge of their own development through self-directed learning
  • Supporting targeted development initiatives for under-represented groups
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusive management practice through our work

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Personal development
  • Online resources and tools for planning personal development
  • Face to face and online personal development and personal effectiveness programmes
  • Mentoring on job application and interview skills from a network of experienced recruiters in the University (professional services and support staff)
Coaching and mentoring
  • One to one coaching from a network of volunteer coaches in the University
  • Guidance on finding and working with a mentor


Leadership and management development
  • Face to face programmes on leadership and management
  • E-learning and resources on leadership and management
  • Local workshops and programmes on leadership and management
Organisational development
  • A planning meeting to help you develop a strategic plan for learning and development
  • Consultancy on your management challenges, e.g. team building, performance, communications
  • Guidance and consultancy on tackling change at the group, team or departmental level
Practical support
  • Facilitation of team activities and workshops as part of strategic initiatives to achieve change
  •  Supporting others to plan and deliver development sessions, meetings or away days
  •  Supporting the development of mentoring schemes