The University offers a wide range of training courses to staff.

You can book training, which includes a number of leadership and management programmes, through the Staff and Departmental Development Unit (SDDU). Some of the courses are currently being refreshed, but still running are:

For more information take a look at the SDDU website.


Mentoring involves one person providing support and guidance to another to help them manage their own learning and development. We have a University-wide mentoring scheme at Leeds and you find details on the OD&PL website or from Joanne Sutherland.


Developed by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Aurora is a leadership development programme that aims to encourage women in academic and professional roles to develop leadership skills and to help institutions to maximise their potential. It's been designed to address the issue of the low number of women in senior posts within higher education.

For more information contact Patricia Gray.


The University offers female staff the opportunity to attend the Springboard programme. This is an award-winning, three-month personal development programme designed especially for women. It's been created to enable women to achieve greater recognition and influence and to fulfil their potential in both their work and personal lives.

For more information contact Patricia Gray.

Research staff

Information about career development and support for research staff can be found on OD&PL's Research Staff as Employees pages.

The Pearls Programme

Delivered through a combination of external events, networking and online support, the Pearls Programme concentrates on addressing the three fundamental areas of confidence, capabilities and contacts, and helps to provide women with better choice and control over their chosen careers. It's specifically designed for and supports women who are in middle to senior management, and who are recognised as future leaders or are at a transitional stage in their career.

For more information contact