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People Development

Welcome to People & Organisational Development (OD)

As a team we are committed to supporting our University to deliver its strategic plan through our people.

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This website contains key information on the development available to all staff, including essential development for managers and new starters. It provides access to view and book on courses through our People Development Programme, as well as access to our online training system, People Development Online.

Details of other development opportunities, such as our Leadership and Management Programmes, coaching, mentoring and team development can also be found using the main tabs above.

Please view our calendar for upcoming events and sessions that may be of interest to you.

People and OD is here to benefit you and your career. Feedback, both constructive and positive, is important to us, so please let us know your thoughts and any areas where you think we can improve, including ideas for sessions and our website, by using the comments/feedback section on the right hand side. We will also ask you to evaluate any development sessions you attend, which helps with our planning for future events and activities.

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We are committed to developing and supporting all staff at Leeds Beckett. We are situated in Room G05, Leighton Hall at Headingley Campus and you are welcome to drop in or to contact us via telephone on 0113 81 25438.

Meet the team:

  • Kathy Ashton - Head of Organisational Development
    Kathy's specialist areas are individual and team coaching, emotional intelligence, Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Team Management Wheel (TMSDI).
    Contact Kathy on 0113 81 29320 or via email at k.a.ashton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
  • Sue O'Boyle - Leadership Development Manager
    Sue specialises in Team Based Leadership. She designs and delivers senior team development events, coaching and numerous sessions for our People Development Programme. She is a Master practitioner in a number of personal and team development profiles, including TMS and Emotional Intelligence.
    Contact Sue on 0113 812 9236 or via email at s.oboyle@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
  • Paul Tyrer - People & Organisational Development Manager
    The main purpose of Paul’s role is to implement strategic and operational People and OD policies and projects with specific focus on the development and delivery of the People Development Programme. Paul also works closely with our wider HR Service to deliver advice across areas of our organisational development agenda.
    Contact Paul on 0113 81 29227 or via email at p.tyrer@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
  • Chris McLay - People Development Facilitator
    Chris delivers a number of sessions on our Programme, as well as tailored development sessions for teams.
    Contact Chris on 0113 81 25889 or via email c.mclay@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
  • Chris Pickard - People and Organisational Development Co-ordinator
    Chris project manages a range of development events and projects, including Leadership Masterclasses. He also manages our People Development Online system.
    Contact Chris on 0113 81 25542 or via email at c.pickard@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
  • Nicola Beaumont- People and Organisational Development Administrator
    Nicola supports our range of development activities, including co-ordinating our People Development Programme.
    Contact Nicola on 0113 81 25438 or via email at nicola.beaumont@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Plus Icon People and OD Team Aims and Objectives
  • Implementation of leadership, management and coaching development programmes that meet our University's needs.
  • Delivering an interactive, ever-developing programme of development activity, tailored according to the training needs fed through our annual PDR cycle.
  • Enhancing the induction experience of our new staff, at both University and school/service level.
  • Providing excellent learning opportunities for our professional services staff with our programme of development days.
  • Supporting our schools and services with development that enhances team and individual effectiveness.
  • Evaluating learning and development to ensure it is fit for purpose and in response to our University's training needs.
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Plus Icon People and OD Policy

Our People and OD Policy has the following objectives:

  • To align our people development with organisational goals.
  • To ensure that all of our people have equal access to suitable development opportunities for their role.
  • To enable our people to enhance their performance in their current roles.
  • To enable our people to develop their careers effectively.
  • To ensure a consistent approach to our people development across our schools and services, and how decisions are made.

Have you seen an external course or conference that could help you in your role?

We have a process for applying for funding for courses and conferences, once you and your manager have agreed specific development in your PDR. Each area has a local development panel which meets regularly to consider requests for funded development. The People and OD Team recommend that applications for funding for development above £300 (excluding expenses) are submitted to local panels, by completing the Application for Development Funding form.

However, colleagues should speak to their manager to confirm the process within their School/Service, as this amount may vary. All other development below the agreed threshold needs to be approved by your manager.

Please refer to the People and OD Policy for further information.

Plus Icon How to book on one of our sessions

Take a look at our People Development Programme to see what we offer. Once you’ve decided on the session for you, discuss it with your line manager before booking your place through our People Development Programme/iTrent. For a guide on how to book on sessions via iTrent Employee self-service please click here.

If a session is fully booked or there are no sessions scheduled you can add yourself to the waiting list via the Register Interest button in the People Development Programme. You will then receive an email notification when a space becomes available or a new session is added.

Once you have booked onto a session you will receive an automated email and an outlook appointment email to add the session booking to your Calendar. This appointment email will not automatically contain the venue of the session, so please make a note of the venue and, if necessary, manually add this in to the calendar appointment. Your manager will also receive an automated notification whenever you book a session. All bookings are made on the understanding that you have the prior permission of your manager and any cancellations should be made as soon as possible and at least three full working days in advance.

Please note, if you cancel a booking less than three full working days before a session, a £100 cancellation charge will be incurred.  If you feel that there are exceptional work-related circumstances and the £100 charge should be waived, manager's can complete our Session Cancellation Fee Waiver Request form to request this.

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If you can’t see what you’re looking for in the list of available sessions please get in touch with us to discuss whether it is something that could be planned in for the future.

If you are running a session and want to add this into our People Development Programme for bookings please contact us. We will discuss your session requirements with you to identify the best option and, if agreed, will ask you to fill in a short session requirements form, to provide us with the information required to add the session into our Programme and make bookings available via iTrent Employee Self-Service.

If you would like to author a new online module in our People Development Online system please complete the Request for an Online Module Form and send it to us at POD@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. The form also details the process involved with authoring a new module.

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Developing our people is an essential part of ensuring continued organisational performance.

In order to ensure the development we deliver is appropriate and effective in addressing individual and organisational needs it is important that the transfer of learning into the workplace is assessed through a process of review and evaluation.

Evaluation allows us to continually improve the learning and development offered through assessing whether objectives have been met; the value for money of our development activities and whether our resources are used wisely. You can help us in ensuring this by providing timely feedback on development activities you undertake. We welcome all honest feedback and comments, the good and the bad! Please do take the opportunity to have your say on what works well and provide your suggestions on how we can improve and further develop our programme by completing our evaluation surveys and questionnaires as detailed below.

How We Evaluate

Following on from any development activity that forms part of the People Development Programme we ask all staff to anonymously complete a short evaluation questionnaire. This is aimed at giving staff the opportunity to reflect on their experience of, and learning from, the development activity. It also provides valuable feedback to us so that we can continually review and improve the development on offer.

If you haven’t been given the opportunity to provide feedback please contact the People and OD Team. All feedback is then reviewed by the People and OD Team and our facilitators are required to demonstrate how they have acted on the feedback received.

The team also evaluates all training and development activities that they deliver or administer on a regular basis. This includes reviewing all evaluation questionnaires that are submitted to assess the reaction, learning attained and impact of the activities. This information is used to continuously improve the development activities on offer to colleagues at our University.

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