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.


Kent Enterprise and Impact Network (KEIN)

The KEIN is a network for academics, researchers, technicians and other members of staff interested in maximising the impact of their work, tapping into alternative sources of funding, and engaging in collaboration, innovation and enterprise activities.

During the network's termly sessions participants have the opportunity to learn about enterprise and impact and connect with like-minded colleagues in an informal environment.

Kent Innovation & Enterprise (KIE) and Learning and Development (L&D) have developed this network as a spin-out of the successful annual Enterprise and Impact Training. KEIN aims to extend the profile of enterprise and impact work at the University of Kent and foster further collaboration and innovation.

If you have any questions about KEIN or would like to be notified of upcoming events, please email Faculty Liaison Officers: Janine Coomber (Sciences) or Kimm Sutter (Social Sciences and Humanities) or call us on ext. 4574.

Upcoming events

The next meeting of KEIN will take place on Tuesday 8th November on Canterbury Campus, from 12.15 – 13:45, in Keynes Seminar Room 12 (KS12). A free lunch will be provided (if you register).

This session will focus on delivering consultancy to external partners. We will have a presentation from Zita Stone, Kent Business School, about her recent experience of working with Waitrose then KIE’s Kate Farrow (Innovation Officer Contracts) will offer a hands-on guide to the support systems and processes in place for delivering consultancy opportunities.

If you would like to attend this session please book with

Past events

Summer Term 2015/2016

Our first speaker was Dr Jennifer Hiscock, Caldin Fellowship in Synthetic Chemistry from the School of Physical Sciences, who shared her experiences of enterprise work with external partners. Our second speaker was Dr Lisa Harper from the KIE Commercialisation Team will who provided information on when and why to protect your intellectual property and when to consider a spin out option.

Autumn Term 2015/2016

Our speakers were Professor Sam Marcora from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Dr Vladimir Gubala from the Medway School of Pharmacy. Professor Marcora spoke about his enterprise work on the effects of mental fatigue on endurance performance and brain training for endurance athletes (Brain Endurance Training), working with international partners and how to develop your industry contacts. Dr Gubala spoke about his work on point of care diagnostics, patents, and what to expect from business meetings.

The presentations were followed by question and answer sessions. Attendees, speakers and KIE staff also had the opportunity to share a light lunch and network in a relaxed environment.

Second session of KEIN: March 12th 2015

During this second meeting, Professor Ray Laurence and Mr Phil Marsh shared their experiences strengthening their engagement with the public, in two very differing roles.

Ray Laurence, Professor of Roman History and Archaeology from the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), spoke about how engagement with the wider public, through social media, has brought his research into the public realm (supported by collaboration with a small, local company, Ray's TED.ED lessons on Roman childhood have received over 1,000,000 hits on YouTube). This formed part of a REF 2014 Impact Case Study and is now being enhanced with a blog to further connect the research to the public.

Phil Marsh, Head of Technical Support and Enterprise Liaison at the School of Music and Fine Art, a relatively new member of staff, shared his experience opening up access to the School's state of the art facilities to members of the public and external organisations – offering insight into the highs and lows of commercialising University facilities.

The presentations were followed by question and answer sessions and an informal discussion around the audience's enterprise ideas and how the University can support.

KEIN Launch:  November 4th 2014 - Darwin Boardroom

During this event Dr Jane Reeves, Co-Director of the Centre for Child Protection, spoke about her experiences working in partnership with external agencies such as Police, Special Branch, the NHS, local authorities and SME's. Her work focuses on developing innovative teaching and learning simulations for staff working in the front line of child protection and has a vision for future service provision for older adults.

We also heard Dr David Wilkinson, Reader in Psychology describe his collaboration with a US Medical Device Company that is helping him develop new potential treatments for neurological diseases.

Attendees, speakers and KIE staff also had the opportunity to share a light lunch and network in a relaxed environment.




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Last Updated: 25/10/2016