Organisational Development

Management development

Whether you're moving into management, facing new challenges or simply looking to update your knowledge and skills, our management development courses and resources are here to support you in your role at the University of Sussex.

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Appraising Academics - the Sussex Scheme

Trainer: Peter Storr, The Psychological Manager Ltd

Duration: Three hours 

Time and date: To be confirmed

Course outline

To ensure consistency of understanding of the purpose and process of annual appraisal. To support participants in preparing for and conducting appraisal meetings

Who is it for?

For all academic staff appraisers who haven't yet received appraiser training

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Appraising Your Staff - for Professional Services Staff Appraisers

Trainer: Organisational Development team

Duration: Three hours 

Time and date: To be confirmed

Course outline

Delegates will learn

  • best practice in goal setting and knowledge of the underpinning psychological theory
  • to give constructive feedback and manage difficult conversations
  • an awareness of the importance of using a variety of styles to take account of the abilities and motivations of the people they are responsible for

This workshop incorporates information about the new Sussex Pilot Appraisal Scheme. For more information about the scheme visit our appraisals pages.

Who is it for?

For all Professional Services staff appraisers who haven't yet had appraiser training

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Aspiring Managers (bookings by manager nomination)

Trainer: Peter Storr, The Psychological Manager Ltd

Duration: Four days

Who is it for?

Staff who are in an administrative, technical or other support role but have the potential and ambition to progress to a management role here at Sussex

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By manager nomination only. Please read through the course details and speak with your manager before contacting us to a book a place

Management for Supervisors

Trainer: Peter Storr, The Psychological Manager Ltd

Duration: Three hours 

Time and date: To be confirmed

Course outline

Delegates will leave this day with the skills to set goals with their staff according to best practice and knowledge of the underpinning psychological theory, give constructive feedback (and have those difficult conversations) to/with their staff and have an awareness of the importance of using a variety of styles to take account of the abilities and motivation of the people they are responsible for.

Who is it for?

For all staff in supervising roles who would like to improve their performance and development-based conversations and goal-setting and feedback-giving skills, and who want to understand why these are so important to getting the best out of their staff.

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Management Essentials – Leadership and Managing Performance

Trainer: Shaun Young, www.shaunyoungtraining.com

Duration: One day. Part one of a two day course. 

Time and date: To be confirmed

Course outline

This is the first day of the two-day Management Essentials course. It provides participants with an introduction to the essentials of management. Delegates can expect an informal and inspiring day which covers essential theory and practical coaching tips from our very experienced facilitator.

Participants can attend either or both of the Management Essentials sessions.

Who is it for?

Staff in academic and professional roles who have recently taken on a management role, or those who have some experience of management and would like to update their knowledge and skills.

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Management Essentials – Leading Change and Motivating your Team

Trainer: Shaun Young, www.shaunyoungtraining.com

Duration: One day. Part two of a two day course.

Time and date: To be confirmed

Course outline

This is the second day of the two-day Management Essentials course. We work in times of constant change. For managers this can bring additional challenges as they lead their teams through new processes. This workshop will provide managers with practical tools and skills to overcome resistance and embed change in their team.

Participants can attend either or both of the Management Essentials sessions.

Who is it for?

Staff in academic and professional roles who have recently taken on a management role, or those who have some experience of management and would like to update their knowledge and skills.

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Managing Mental Health at Work

Trainer: Stephen Brogan, External mental health trainer and consultant

Duration: Three and a half hours

Time and date: 13:15 - 16:45, 3 December 2019

Course outline

By the end of this course learners should be able to describe

  • The early signs that suggest a member of staff is too stressed at work  
  • The 4 stage model for support and self-help
  • The role of the manager in supporting staff who are struggling

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Recruitment and Selection (online) - mandatory for select staff 

Duration: 45 minutes

Course outline

It is essential that we find staff who possess the skills and abilities the University of Sussex needs, and that we do so equitably and within the law.

This course will provide you with guidance on key aspects of recruitment and selection in higher education, particularly in relation to equality and diversity matters, and the strides you can make to eliminate bias.

Who is it for?

This course is mandatory for all staff who sit on recruitment panels.

How to access this online course

Find out more about accessing online courses here

How to book a course

Find out more about the booking process.

Contact us

Organisational Development
Human Resources
Sussex House
E od@sussex.ac.uk
T 01273 606755 ext 4806