Roles and responsibilities

Responsibility for staff development rests at three levels: the University, the college or department and the individual. 

The University will provide support for identified professional development needs through the provision of a Professional Development Unit. This unit will: 

  • support excellence in professional practice at AAU through the provision of professional, vocational and management development activities and by contributing to policy development; 
  • be aware of and responsive to the needs of the wider University through working in partnership with its professional services;  
  • provide a service to all faculty staff of the University to adopt a research informed teaching  approach to its work; 
  • work closely with the range of providers of learning and development within the University to ensure that provision is aligned, coherent and comprehensive; 
  • be responsible for professional development in support for the University’s Performance Development Review process; 
  • benchmark development provision against the sector and good practice elsewhere, working in partnership with relevant external agencies (e.g. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Higher Education Academy (HEA)); 
  • in collaboration with Equality and Diversity, examine and contribute to the career development of specific groups and in particular those which are identifiably disadvantaged and/or under-represented.