Organisational Development

Online learning

Online courses are a time-efficient and convenient way to learn about a range of subjects. Find out what's on offer and how to get started.

Increasingly, the University is using online courses to deliver essential training to its staff. A number of central services, including Organisational Development, offer courses through our online platform, LearnUpon. These courses normally take less than an hour to complete and can be accessed at a time and place to suit you.

LearnUpon is only for our online courses. All our face-to-face courses must be booked by a different process. Find out more about booking these courses.

What online courses are on offer?

The list of online courses will continue to grow over time. Please check back here regularly for updates. 

Diversity in the Workplace

An introduction to the University's approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. As part of the University of Sussex's commitment to advancing equality of opportunity for all, this course is mandatory for all staff and must be completed within the first month of employment. 

Unconscious Bias

Our unconscious bias e-learning aims to increase awareness of unconscious bias and its impact on people with protected characteristics, and to reduce discriminatory behaviour and attitudes in the workplace. This course is mandatory for all staff and must be completed within the first month of employment.

An introduction to the Prevent duty as it affects higher education

This course introduces the Prevent statutory duty and explains what higher education institutions need to do to comply with the legislation. Mandatory for certain key staff. These staff will be notified.

Freedom of Information and GDPR

The Planning Office offer two essential e-learning courses to support information management and government legislation. All staff must complete both programmes within the first two weeks of employment. Please email for any queries relating to these courses.

Recruitment and Selection

The University must ensure that we recruit equitably and within the law. All staff who are involved in recruitment are required to complete this course within a month of employment.  Please note that this module does not work in Edge browser - please choose Chrome where possible, or an alternative.

Finance training

For information about online finance training, including tutorials on using the finance system, visit the finance training page. The following online courses are essential for all staff.

Fraud Awareness

This course introduces the most common kinds of fraud in universities, signs to look out for when attempting to find and stop them, and will help you to identify weaknesses in processes and systems. You will also learn how the University responds to concerns of fraud.

Modern Slavery

New UK legislation has been introduced to combat the global issue of modern slavery and human trafficking. This legislation applies to all UK organisations (including universities) with a turnover in excess of £36 million, to ensure that no organisations unwittingly use slave labour in their supply chains. This course provides an overview of what modern slavery is, including how to spot the signs and share concerns. This course is particularly relevant for any staff involved in purchasing or authorising purchases on behalf of the University.

Anti-Money Laundering

This course will help you to understand the legislation governing money laundering, what the main offences are and the primary defences. It will also help you to consider the practical steps you can take to limit the risk of money laundering and understand how the University will respond to concerns of money laundering.   

Enrolling on an online course

Enrolment on all essential online training is automatic. New staff are added to LearnUpon on a weekly basis. If you are a new staff member you should receive an email within your two weeks inviting you to complete your training. Longer-term staff members will be advised by email as and when essential online training arises.

How to use LearnUpon

Your LearnUpon dashboard will show all of the courses that you are enrolled on and have yet to complete. Simply click on the course name and your course will begin.

You can access your dashboard by clicking on the button below and logging in using your ITS (eg. and your usual ITS password. 

When you have finished your course you must complete it using the small "x" in the top righthand corner of the window (see screenshot), otherwise your progress will not be saved. 

If you have any questions about accessing our online courses, please email so we can help.

Image that illustrates how to save your online course progress

Please note, the button above will work for current, contracted staff only. New staff will be enrolled on LearnUpon within their first two weeks, and will receive an email once their LearnUpon account is live. Temporary staff and other external staff will need to contact us for alternative access.  Please email if you need assistance.

Some LearnUpon modules are not currently compatible with Edge so please choose Chrome or an alternative web browser where possible

Contact us

Organisational Development
Human Resources
Sussex House
T 01273 606755 ext 4806