Our aim is to equip our staff to carry out their role to a high standard and to take on new responsibilities when the opportunity occurs, whether within the same job or if moving into a new position.
Development and training
At City, University of London we recognise the value of our staff. The recruitment, retention and development of high calibre, appropriately qualified, enthusiastic and motivated people who are committed to contributing to City's success is key to the future of the institution.
We provide a wide range of development and training opportunities, designed to meet the needs of all categories of staff.
Meeting the needs of new staff members
We want our staff to understand what is expected of them and how City's systems and procedures work.
All new starters will receive a comprehensive induction to help them learn about their more about their role, team and working at City.
As well as a local induction, all new staff will be invited to attend a University induction which will provide new starters with an opportunity to learn more about City University as well as meet other new starters and members of City Executive team.
The induction will include information on:
- City's history, vision and strategy
- educational development
- equality, diversity and inclusion
- health, safety and wellbeing
- marketing and brand
- trade unions.
Training also covers our appraisal system and, for those who are new to the higher education sector, how the UK higher education system works.
Skills training for your role
Skills training may include:
- training on the use of our student records and finance systems
- data protection and freedom of information
- how to create and maintain webpages
- finance and purchasing for those involved in managing budgets
- recruitment and selection of staff
- first aid
- manual handling and advanced health and safety certification.
Training is also provided as needed to address new external developments, for example dealing with changing visa requirements for international students.
Staff are also supported to develop their personal effectiveness through self-management and interpersonal skills training such as assertiveness and time management.
Teaching and learning development
The Learning Enhancement and Development supports staff and learners to create new and responsive learning opportunities.
It encompasses academic practice, educational development and technology-enhanced learning.
Our vision for learning development is centred on three inter-related principles which are:
- Partnership - learning is conversation
- Play - learning is fun
- Practice - learning is development.
We provide support though courses including the MA Academic Practice, seminars, school liaison teams, mentoring and consultancy and we hold an annual staff conference focused on learning and teaching.
The development of our researchers - academic and research staff and our doctoral students - is a critical part of our overall mission.
In addition to a range of services to support research and enterprise activities, we provide an annual Researcher Development programme for both staff who are new to research and academics who want to develop further skills or make a greater impact with their research.
Our own senior academics contribute their expertise to many of the events, for example to help less experienced staff put together strong funding proposals, manage projects once funding is obtained, supervise research students effectively and write better publications.
Our recognition that excellent leadership is crucial to our continued success. This is reflected in our commitment to and investment in a range of development opportunities for staff designed to enhance and develop our leadership and management capacity at all levels.
Our comprehensive development provision offered through Organisational Development includes:
- full programmes
- action learning
- and online resources.
Discounted short courses
We also offer a range of short courses which are open to the public and in some cases are available to City staff at a 50% discount on the course fee.
- small business management
- coaching and business skills
- computer programming and systems
- website development
- languages (Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish)
- cultural and creative industries
- creative and business writing.