Development opportunities

Our staff are our greatest and most valuable asset. As such your development is placed at the heart of life at the University.

By developing a culture of lifelong learning, you are enabled to take advantage of many and varied development opportunities.

The University has a dedicated team working with you and your line manager to ensure that development opportunities are capitalised upon, using innovative and creative techniques. 

When looking for a solution explore the range of development opportunities available to you. These might include an event, a webinar, or working through an E-learning module. However have you considered that you could work through a problem with a colleague, visit another organisation or generate solutions at a team meeting. These are all learning opportunities.

Please take a look at development opportunities available below. If there is anything else you need or if you want to discuss a different approach please give us a call.

"If you don't know where you are going you will probably end up somewhere else"

Laurence J Peter, 1919-90, Canadian academic and expert on organised hierarchies, from his 1969 book 'The Peter Principle'.

A whole system approach to learning

A range of learning opportunities using different approaches

  • We know you acquire skills and knowledge in different ways.
  • We know your time is valuable.
  • We know that sometimes you want to learn with others; sometimes you want to learn on your own.
  • We know sometimes you need learning to be available here and now; sometimes you want to plan ahead.

We have developed a range of learning opportunities using different approaches. Do you want to learn at your desk? Do you want to take time out to network and learn with others? Now you can personalise your learning - deciding what, when and how. The development opportunities complement each other so we hope you will do a bit of everything.

To access the learning opportunities, log in to myUCA using your UCA username and password, then click on myLearning and Development.

Learning portal

Learning portal

Work shadowing

Experiencing how other teams and departments work

As part of the induction process

The concept of work shadowing in induction has many advantages. New staff may often feel intimidated about performing tasks for the first time, or meeting new people. By encouraging new staff to job shadow a long time employee for a day or two, this can often help to build up their confidence.

As a development tool for all staff

Work-shadowing is a way of achieving greater knowledge, understanding and communication between colleagues,disciplines, teams, project teams and departments, which will enhance collaborative opportunities and increase effectiveness.

Benefits of work-shadowing

 Whether a new member of staff, or someone who has worked at the University for some time, work-shadowing offers benefits to all:

  • Experiencing how other teams and departments work
  • Learning from experienced colleagues
  • Understanding and appreciating other roles and how they fit within the University
  • Understanding and appreciating other needs and priorities
  • Explaining own role and its needs and priorities to others
  • Understanding why things work the way they do
  • See procedures and methods in actual situations, and how these are relevant to their own role
  • Build rapport with others which can help to integrate staff more quickly
  • Can help to relax and focus on learning the best ways to get things done
  • Share experiences with colleagues from different work areas
  • Increase effectiveness of collaborative initiatives

Managers are encouraged to consider work shadowing for new staff as part of their induction where appropriate. However, caution should be exercised by managers when arranging work shadowing in induction not to bombard new staff with too much information too soon.

For further guidance on work shadowing, please contact one of the Learning & Development Facilitators who offer individual support to managers  and other development opportunities for their staff. 

Professional qualifications funding

Enhancing your career with us

Applications for the study of Professional Qualifications should relate to an accredited qualification which directly relates to the applicant's role within the University. The achievement of the qualification should enable the member of staff to make an enhanced contribution to achieving the University Strategic Objectives, thereby improving the Faculty/Department performance. Applications will also be considered to support development that will contribute to future career development opportunities within the University. Applicants are expected to have successfully completed their probationary period before application unless it is a requirement of appointment.

We are currently only funding continuations. The next opportunity for all applications to apply for funding will be: 

ILM qualifications

Offering qualification routes in leadership and management to enhance knowledge and skills amongst practicing and aspiring leaders and managers

UCA offers qualification routes in leadership and management to enhance the development of knowledge and skills amongst practicing and aspiring leaders and managers that will enable the achievement of strategic objectives and facilitate the development of staff to reach their full potential professionally and personally.

UCA is an ILM Approved Centre. We offer the opportunity to UCA staff to achieve the following qualification routes:-

  • Level 5 Award / Certificate and Diploma in Leadership & Management
  • Level 4 Award / Certificate in Leadership & Management
  • Level 3 Award / Certificate  in Leadership & Management

If you have leadership and/or management responsibilities, with or without formal line management responsibility, or you aspire towards such positions, we believe we will be able to offer you a route towards qualifications that recognise your development and achievement.


Benefits of the qualifications:

  • Nationally and internationally recognised qualification
  • ILM Studying Membership status giving access to a range of benefits
  • Practical workshops chosen by the delegates
  • Assignments related to real work situations
  • Tutor support and guidance
  • Opportunity to study for further qualifications

Want to find out more?

Visit the Institute of Leadership and Management website.

The qualifications are achieved by undertaking development and consolidation activities, on and off-job, leading to the successful completion of assignments, sufficient to obtain the required number of 'credits'.

A member of the Learning & Development team will discuss with you the appropriate qualification (level and breadth) and the most appropriate learning pathway to achieve the qualification (for instance, the choice of modules & associated assignments).

Whatever pathway is identified, your commitment will involve:

  • Induction into the qualification programme (one day)
  • Attendance at a core workshop
  • Further workshops (between two and five depending upon your choice of modules)
  • Study and research - in your work environment and using written and on-line resources (approximately 4 hours per module).
  • Engagement with tutorial support (for 4 -10 hours depending on qualification)
  • Completion of assignments, sufficient to meet ILM rules of combination and achieve the required number of credits for the particular qualification. (As a guide, the number of assignments will be four or five for a Certificate.


How long will I have to achieve the qualification?

Candidates will be expected to achieve an Award within 12 months, a Certificate within 18 months, a Diploma within 12 months (after completion of Certificate programme).

What are the areas of study and development?

Sample workshops include:

Level 4 and 5:

  • Leading and Managing People
  • Leading and Managing Projects
  • Leading Innovation and Change

Level 3:

  • Effective Meetings
  • Managing Stakeholder Expectations
  • Solving Problems and Making Decisions

Each module is supported by a workshop and further study resources.

The first step is to contact Learning & Development to register your interest. Please complete an Application Form and email it to

A Learning and Development Facilitator will contact you to discuss the most suitable qualification to meet your needs, the options available and the learning pathway you would need to follow to obtain your development and qualification.

When you are ready to commit to the programme and have the agreement of your line manager, you and your line manager will be asked to complete an ILM Registration Agreement.

You will then be ready to join the programme.

Any questions?

Call the Learning and Development team on 01252 891 471 or email them: