people and organisational development (POD)

Staff from around the university

We pride ourselves on providing you with interesting opportunities and valuable support to equip you to thrive and fulfil your potential whilst working at Leeds Beckett.

Our website pages detail a range of development opportunities to stretch and support you at different stages of your career, plus support and information on wellbeing, engagement, performance and change.

Other development

POD have worked with the Centre for Learning and Teaching, The Digital Learning Team in LLI, Information Technology Services, The Distance Learning Unit, Student Services and the Research Office to bring the development and training available across the University together. By bringing this development together in one place, on the Development and Training website, we hope to ensure that you can easily access the development you feel you need.

The Development Funding Form and guidelines detail how to apply for external development.

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Governors for Schools

We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Governors for Schools, a national education charity that matches skilled and committed volunteers with schools in need of governors. Schools need people who can support the board with a variety of skills such as finance, education and HR. But it’s not just specific skills that boards need; they also need more general experience, including negotiation and leadership. Governors work at a strategic level and don’t get involved in the operational running of the school. Instead, governors challenge the headteacher by asking questions, looking at data and probing anomalies, and making sure money is well spent. Governors are also a source of support for the headteacher, often bringing expertise in areas outside of a teaching remit. By volunteering as a school governor, your experience could benefit hundreds of children and young people. You can also benefit by gaining valuable CPD experience. View the upcoming dates and booking details. There are also some additional development webinars available for you to book onto, dates, time and bookings details.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with Governors for School, please email

We are holding an online information event for colleagues from universities across the North of England, to find out more about becoming a school governor.  Colleagues will hear from university employees who are school governors, to learn about their motivations for volunteering, the impact they make on young people’s lives, and how they have developed new skills through the role. This online event will also cover the core responsibilities of a school governor, the benefits of undertaking the role, and the time commitment required.

The event takes place on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at 18.00 pm, further details can accessed here: event details

People and OD Team