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 2016-2017.

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

Reflect, Plan & Develop (RPD) Workshops now available!

We are pleased to offer workshop dates for Reflect, Plan & Develop (RPD), the university framework for shaping discussions about work priorities and development of staff. Dates are available for both reviewers (aimed at managers new to the university or those undertaking the role of reviewer for the first time) and for reviewees (aimed at staff who have never undergone the RPD process at Kent or would like to gain more understanding of the process). To book a place visit the Learning and Development Calendar.

Training is available at both Canterbury and Medway campuses and you may attend at either location. Additional courses may be added at either campus depending on demand and if you have a group of at least 12 participants, we can arrange to deliver a course in your school or department. For more information regarding this option please email

Recruitment & Selection Training

We have scheduled in some more Recruitment & Selection Training workshops to take place over the next year. The workshops are designed to support recruiting managers by providing the tools and skills to recruit staff with confidence whilst adhering to legislation. If you are interested in booking a place on a workshop at either the Canterbury Campus (July 2016, September 2016, January 2017, March 2017, May 2017) or the Medway Campus (November 2016), please visit the Learning and Development Calendar.

Student Services’ ‘Bitesize Talks’ return this term and staff at Canterbury and Medway campuses are warmly invited to attend.

First launched in February 2015, these informal lunchtime talks are given by specialists across Student Services and provide staff with the opportunity to improve their knowledge and understanding on a variety of student related topics, and share experiences and best practice.

The talks will start at 1.10pm and will finish by 2.00pm. There will be a question and answer session at the end of each talk.

Further information can be found on the Learning and Development Events Calender.

The seventh annual Enterprise and Impact Training event will take place on Wednesday 26th April, 09:30 to 16:30, in the Darwin Boardroom, Canterbury Campus.

By attending this programme you will gain the knowledge, confidence and practical tools necessary to engage successfully in enterprise activities such as consultancy and collaborative funding streams.

You will also increase your potential to apply your expertise within industry, public sector and third sector organisations, and will learn about how enterprise and knowledge exchange activities can support your career.

The training, run by Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) is recommended for academics and researchers, at any stage of their career, who would like to develop skills for enterprise activity and optimise their interactions with external organisations. It is also suitable for members of support staff that work at the interface between academia and external partners.

There are only 20 places available, so to reserve your place on training day please following the booking link here Booking form. A light lunch is included.

If you have any questions about the training please contact Janine Coomber or Kimm Sutter, Faculty Liaison Officers, ext. 4574 or or or visit the website [2] for more information.
Previous Enterprise and Impact Training attendees have said: 

‘I had a chance to see what Industry is looking for from academics, how we can approach industry and how a collaboration could be established’

‘It gave me better more focussed knowledge of how to target funding for projects’

‘It made me think about my capabilities and USP as they relate to enterprise and impact’

‘It was good to drag our heads out of the academic funding mind-set and explore differences’

 ‘I went away knowing more about the range of activities and potential for innovation and will be better equipped’


Planning for Retirement Workshop

Date: Friday 21st April 2017
Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm

This workshop is aimed at any staff member who is looking to plan for their retirement. The interactive workshop run by Focus for Change, an external specialist organisation, will cover a range of topics including:

  • Dealing with change
  • Continuity planning
  • Financial resources and planning
  • Health
  • New horizons
  • Opportunities and choices
  • Options
  • Action planning

There will be a supporting booklet and materials given out at the workshop.







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Last Updated: 14/03/2017