Organisational Development

How to book a course

  1. Log into Sussex Direct using your ITS username and email password.
  2. Click on the 'Personal' tab and select 'Staff Development' from the drop-down menu. A record of your staff development activities will open.
  3. From here you can use the 'Search for Scheduled Courses' function or or click on 'Staff Development Course Listings and Booking' facility'.
  4. Click on the title of the course which interests you. A booking form will open.
  5. Fill in the booking form and submit your request.

If your chosen course is full or you can't make the date, contact us and we will add you to the waiting list. Always remember to check with your line manager before you book your place.

There are a limited number of places and courses available. To ensure everyone can access development opportunities, we limit each staff member to three courses a year.

Frequently asked questions about booking courses

How do I find courses on Sussex Direct?

After logging into Sussex Direct, you can search for courses by clicking the 'Search for Scheduled Courses' button. Enter either the name of a course or a keyword to bring up every course with that word in its title. Alternatively, you can choose to search for courses run by all providing units, or by a specific unit.

To bring up a list in date order of all courses, leave the course name box blank and click on search. 

You can find courses listed by category by clicking 'Staff Development Course Listings' button.

How do I fill in the booking form?

To book on to a course you will need to enter a division or unit cost code. This code will only be used in the event of your non-attendance, in which case your unit or division could be charged a fee of £50.

For more information about course cancellation see below.

To finalise your booking, click on the 'Request' button. You will then see the booking details against your records with the status 'Requested' and the date.

What will happen after I have requested a place?

Once you have requested a place you will receive an automatic email acknowledging your request.

The Organisational Development Unit will aim to process your application within the next five working days. If there is space on the course you will be allocated a place and the status of your booking will change from 'Requested' to 'Booked'. You will be able to see when this has happened by checking your 'Record of Your Staff Development Activities' within Sussex Direct. 

Please note that places on courses are limited. In the event that we can't allocate you a place, you will receive an email from us informing you. In most cases this will take no longer than five working days.

Final confirmation details will be sent out to participants by email two weeks before the course. If the course is full and you would like to be put on the waiting list for your chosen course date, or if you can't make the date and wish to be added to a waiting list, please contact us.

How do I cancel a booking?

You can cancel a booking by clicking the 'X' button next to the course title on your 'Record of Your Staff Development Activities' page. 

If you cancel a booking within three working days of the course start date you must contact the Organisational Development team directly.  Please note that a late or non cancellation may invoke a £50 penalty fee to be paid by your unit or division. 

Online training

The information on this page only applies to our face-to-face courses. Courses delivered online are accessed through a different process. Find out more about online courses.

Contact us

Organisational Development
Human Resources
Sussex House
T 01273 606755 ext 4806