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What is OD at UCL?

The Organisational Development team supports our staff and doctoral students to successfully navigate and build their careers during their time at UCL and beyond.

The Organisational Development team supports our staff and doctoral students to successfully navigate and build their careers during their time at UCL and beyond. 

We aim to enable you to fulfil your commitment to development and shared learning, stretch your potential and plan your career progression. 

Our thriving Learning Academy offers training and development for all staff, with a variety of offers that are renewed and reviewed regularly to meet changing needs This runs alongside an extensive portfolio for Early Career Researchers (both staff researchers and doctoral students). Our content is blended with a mix of remote or classroom-based live sessions, and curated e-learning modules that can be attended flexibly. 

OD at UCL recognises that learning is not always classroom-based (either physical or virtual). In fact, we understand that the vast majority of the skills you develop at work will be gained through tackling real-life challenges in the workplace and through learning from others around you. We aim to support you to recognise these career experiences as learning opportunities and to ensure you get the most out of them. 

From the moment we welcome new staff into the university, our priorities are around ensuring that the organisation best meets the needs of our staff, whilst at the same time ensuring that our staff are best able to meet the needs of the university. We do this through initiatives such as tailored inductions, employee engagement surveys, talent management, career frameworks, communities of practice, leadership development, staff mobility opportunities, coaching and mentoring and much more...

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. 

Governance and consultation

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. 

We are also guided by a Staff Development Board, chaired by Prof Sasha Roseneil (Dean of Social and Historical Sciences), and by the Researcher Development Board, chaired by Prof David Bogle (Pro-Vice-Provost Doctoral School).