UCL Human Resources


What is Organisational Development at UCL?

Organisational Development supports staff and doctoral students to achieve excellence, build careers, and play their part to deliver on the UCL mission.

Training, inductions, and leadership development  

We provide a range of learning and development courses, delivered through a blended mix of online or classroom-based live sessions, and flexibly curated e-learning modules.  Our learning opportunities include:

  • Training and personal development for all staff
  • Formal training and digital ‘just-in-time’ resources for prospective leaders 
  • Specialised training for staff researchers and doctoral students 
  • Provision of opportunities across UCL, including specialised teacher training, ISD skills, EDI, and more.

Tools for career development and progression

We provide tools and opportunities to support UCL staff and postgraduate research students to progress in their careers and to help UCL leaders and managers to develop talent and maximise resources in their teams. 

  • Appraisals 
  • Apprenticeships
  • Career and development planning toolkit
  • Career Frameworks  
  • Communities of Practice 
  • Apprenticeships and early career 
  • Research initiatives and frameworks

Staff surveys and celebrations

We seek to support a positive experience for staff and research students at UCL. We do this by using surveys to understand what life at UCL feels like by ensuring that new staff are well taken care of, and by bringing the community together to celebrate achievements or share ideas.  Our work in this area encompasses:

  • Staff surveys and pulse checkers
  • PS Conference 
  • One UCL Awards
  • Researcher-led initiative awards 
  • Festival of Early Career Researchers (FESR)
  • Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS)

Our approach to development 

The UCL Ways of Working underpin our approach to development, setting out a consistent set of values and behaviours that inform the decisions we make around where to focus our attention.  

We are committed to equity at every stage of career journeys, working with groups of staff that are underrepresented at senior levels at UCL to improve their progression into leadership roles. Our Women in Leadership and Emerging Leaders programmes are our flagship interventions in this space, but equity, diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of all aspects of our work.  

We work closely with colleagues across UCL, in the faculties and professional services, with colleagues in EDI, HR, Workplace Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainability to ensure that our UCL values and staff commitments are reflected throughout our learning interventions.