Professional development and training

Professional Development Opportunities

There are many opportunities across the University to engage in Professional Development. There are face-to-face training and development sessions, online courses and a wealth of resources to tap into. The Professional Development Opportunities exploration tool is framed around three dimensions of practice that all colleagues are encouraged to reflect on throughout their careers.

Essential Training

Essential Training ensures all employees are made aware and are capable of meeting their statutory obligations and professional standards.

Develop at Essex

Develop at Essex is a virtual space for you to develop and enhance your professional performance at the University.

Staff learning events

The University is committed to offering all employees access to development events and workshops to enhance professional practice.

Health and safety training courses

All staff need to be competent to meet their responsibilities and the University's and departmental health and safety standards related to their work.

Training and development webinars

Join a webinar to find out the basics of using Zoom and how to teach online with Zoom

Academic development

Educator Development Framework

Our Educator Development Framework (EDF) has been developed with input from colleagues throughout our community to provide a thorough career focal point for you as an educator at Essex. We want to make it easy for you to create your personalised educator career development plan so you can deliver excellence at Essex and beyond.

Peer Review of Teaching Policy

The Peer Review of Teaching Policy focuses on the sharing of good teaching and learning practice.

Researcher Development Framework

Our Researcher Development Framework (RDF) has been developed with input from colleagues across our community to provide a thorough career focal point for our researchers. We want to make it easy for you to create your personalised research career development plan so you can deliver excellence at Essex and beyond.

Employee fee waiver

The waiver of tuition fees for staff is available for specific courses.

Education Insights workshops series

The Education Insights workshops are designed to provide you with an all-round development of your practice inside and outside the classroom.

HR Excellence in Research Award

The University holds the HR Excellence in Research Award which reflects our commitment to harnessing the talents of our academic community engaged in research.


Staff have the opportunity to gain professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) through our CADENZA programme.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PG CHEP)

The PG CHEP is a qualification for staff involved in teaching who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise in academic practice.

Information assurance and data protection

Data protection and information assurance training

Training for all staff across all aspects of records management, Data Protection, Freedom of Information and the Environmental Information Regulations.

IT and digital skills training

Digital skills

Helping staff and students develop digital skills and confidence.

LinkedIn Learning video training courses

LinkedIn Learning - previously known as - is a leading provider of online video training with thousands of high quality courses covering a range of topics.

IT training courses

IT Services provide a range of taught classroom sessions to help staff develop their digital skills with popular tools such as Microsoft Office and Adobe software.

Management training

The Leadership Programme

The Leadership Programme aims to combine the talent that exists within the University with the other key determinant of success: training.

Management development

A range of resources and events are available to support managers and their teams to help them succeed personally and professionally.

Leadership courses

We have collaborated with various external providers to offer a range of external events to support individuals from different backgrounds, genders and sexual orientation with developing their leadership skills and practice.

Coaching Essentials for Managers

A one-day highly practical and participative workshop that will enable individuals to develop effective coaching skills.

Recruitment training

All University staff participating in recruitment activities must complete a training programme.

Personal development


The University recognises the values of mentoring in its commitment to developing its learning community.

Mentoring for BAME staff

Effective mentoring can empower and inspire all members of our University community to fulfil their potential.

Coaching for Success

Coaching is an opportunity for you to have some confidential space and time when you can reflect on and get even better at your job.

Stonewall LGBT+ training programmes

The following programmes look to empower you to take positive action to address the underrepresented and bring this back to develop and impact our community.

YUFE staff programme

The YUFE staff programme includes teaching activities for academic staff, and other activities such as job shadowing, professional development and specific competence-building training, to complement individual staff development needs at all career levels.


Safeguarding training

Explore the various Safeguarding training resources available to you.

Skills training

Media training

Media training is available to help academics and senior members of staff develop the skills to effectively communicate via the media.

Student support training

Mental health first aid workshop

Learn how to help a person who may be developing a mental health issue and how to identify warning signs of mental health difficulties.