The People Management Framework (PMF)

What is the PMF?

The PMF is a framework which helps our Faculties, Schools and Services transform their performance. We've based it on best practice in HR management and staff engagement and it focuses on outcomes, outlining what we need to achieve, but doesn't prescribe how we should do this. This approach gives us a level of flexibility in applying the framework, whilst working within the University’s policies and procedures.

We collect trend data each year to allow us to monitor whether the actions we put in place are making the improvements we need.

How it works in practice

The University wants to ensure a more consistent and effective approach to the leadership, management and development of its staff.

To help us achieve this we've have developed our practices in a variety of ways, including:

  • integration of the University’s Leadership Excellence Behaviours Framework;
  • more effective use of the annual staff review and development scheme (SRDS);
  • undertaking staff surveys against the PMF framework at School/Service level to identify areas for improvement; and
  • developing action plans at University, Faculty and School/Service levels, and reporting progress at the annual Integrated Planning Exercise (IPE).

These are all intended to make sure that the experience of staff throughout the University is a positive one and that everyone's aware of the contribution they can make in helping us achieve our vision.

Meeting your needs

The PMF focuses on helping you meet your Faculty/School/Service’s needs.  The starting point is the University's strategic plan and priorities which outlines our approach to leading, managing, developing and engaging staff.

The framework can also be tailored for your area.  For example, the Head of School/Service can add extra questions if required. 

Why do it?

Essentially, it's about improving the performance of your area by evaluating what's already working well and developing tailored plans to enhance employee engagement and improve management effectiveness where appropriate.


If you have any questions, support can be provided by your local HR Manager. 

Leadership Excellence Behaviours Framework

Our aim is to foster a positive and impactful working environment at the University, and we’ve devised the Leadership Excellence Behaviours Framework to help by providing a common vocabulary to describe and develop behaviours.

We know that achieving our vision and developing our changing culture needs colleagues who are empowered to lead themselves, lead others and/or lead service/academic delivery.

In creating the Behaviours Framework, we looked at a variety of sources including our University values, equality and health & safety standards and feedback from colleagues across the University to try to make sure that the Behaviours relate to, and can be demonstrated by, all colleagues regardless of role or grade.

If you’re a manager and/or leader you should refer to, and incorporate, the Behaviors in activities such as recruitment, probation and SRDS, as the Framework can help to clarify expectations, expand personal and job-related strengths, and foster individual personal development.

You can find full details of the University's provision for developing individual, management, and leadership capability on the Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL) website.