human resources - learning and development


Welcome to the University of Kent Learning and Development web pages.

The Learning and Development team aims to provide a wide range of learning and development opportunities for all members of staff.

We are committed to working with our partners across the University and externally to provide a wide range of development opportunities for staff.

For information on specific development initiatives and programmes, ranging from induction to pre-retirements courses, please explore our Learning and Development Events Information page.

Current available development opportunities can be found on the Learning and Development Events Calendar 2014-2015.

We encourage you to make use of the web pages to find out more about the opportunities available and use the online Booking Form.

L & D News

The University is proud to announce that 14 of its female staff have been selected to participate in Aurora 2014-15, a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) sector-wide development programme for women in higher education.
The programme is sponsored by our Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, overall EG Champion for Gender at Kent, and has been unanimously supported by all three Faculty Deans. Dr Ruth Blakeley, Reader in International Relations, is the University’s Aurora Champion, and has worked with the Deans and a Head of Professional Service to select and prepare participants for the programme.

Aurora provides career and personal development opportunities for women in roles up to the level of Senior Lecturer (and professional services equivalents).

Twelve members of the female academic staff, six from Social Sciences, two from Sciences and four from Humanities, will be participating in the second iteration of the programme, alongside two members of professional service staff, one from Information Services and one from Estates, who will pilot the programme on behalf of female staff in professional service departments.

The programme will be supported by other University of Kent staff members who take on the responsibility to be mentors and role models. More broadly, the programme will provide an impetus to expand and enhance the University's overall mentoring practices, and will sit alongside other gender equality initiatives, especially Athena Swan.


Staff on the Naughty Step: AUA Presentation given 10 July 2014

The University of Kent AUA branch hosted an open lunchtime event at which some of the Kent delegation to the 2014 AUA Conference, held in Manchester in April, provided some brief feedback on the key themes of the conference.   To share the experience more directly, Sandra Henry, a School Manager at the University of Sheffield, presented the conference session she ran in Manchester entitled Staff on the Naughty Step: Dealing with Counterproductive Workplace Behaviour.  The session was well received and Sandra’s presentation is now available.

You can find out more about the AUA and its work at national level at:

To find out more about the Kent AUA branch, please note that regular monthly drop-ins/get togethers are taking place on the first Thursday of the month at various venues across campus from 12.30 till 2.00, as follows:

Thurs 2 Oct in DolcHe Vita
Thurs 6 Nov in Create
Thurs 4 Dec in Gulbenkian.

Dates up to and including August 2015 are available from Learning and Development on ext 7713.





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Last Updated: 27/03/2015