Personal development courses and resources

Personal development covers the core transferable skills that we need to be effective at work. Being organised, communicating effectively, building and maintaining constructive working relationships and influencing and networking are just some examples of core transferable skills.


You may find it helpful to attend a personal development programme:

Course Who is it for?
Oxford Personal Development Programme (OPDP)
Face to face 3 days
This programme is for staff who are at a point in their career or personal lives where they would like to reflect on their achievements, consider opportunities and develop confidence in reaching new goals. We offer two versions of this personal development programme, programmes for women only and programmes open to all staff, and OWDP.
Workplace coach programme
Face to face 4.5 days
Members of staff who are interested in developing coaching skills in order to be able to coach colleagues in the University on a 1:1 basis following completion of the programme. This course will be of interest to those who enjoy facilitating others’ learning and problem-solving, and who would like to add coaching to their professional or managerial toolkit.


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Try our Personal development toolkit. We have created this toolkit based on the skills that Oxford staff tell us are vital to their effectiveness

•    Start with Developing myself in my current role 
•    Don’t forget to use your PDR conversation to plan your development

Learn the skills you need for the next step in your career and try our Developing myself for the next role toolkit. Using our toolkit you can make a development plan that will help you identify your options and take the next steps in your career. Remember that your PDR is a great place to start a career conversation.

Developing others is often the most rewarding part of a leader or manager’s job. At the same time, it can be a challenging role to perform. Look at our Developing others toolkit. 

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