Staff Wellbeing & Development Guidelines
The annual training programme provided by Staff Wellbeing & Development facilitates the training & development of staff employed by the University. We would encourage all staff to take the initiative, time & opportunity to participate in at least two training workshops or events over the course of an academic year.
Staff development is most effective when staff take responsibility to attend workshops on their own initiative. We also encourage Heads of Schools, Departments & Units to assist, encourage & facilitate staff in training & development opportunities, where time & resources allow.
While there are times that staff might feel that their schedule is too busy to avail of training opportunities, we ask all staff to consider attending our programmes as integral to enabling a productive & well-balanced professional practice.
If you have any queries on the above, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” - Earl Nightingale
We also help individuals on a one-to-one basis with advice and guidance on their personal and professional development, career development, options for mentoring & coaching support, and advice on CV & Interview preparation.
You may also wish to refer to our Professional Development Resources page for further information on developmental opportunities.
Tailored departmental/unit programmes
In addition to the advertised programme of workshops and courses, we also work in conjunction with schools, departments and units in response to addressing specific needs
Benefits of tailored programmes include:
- training meets the identified needs of the area;
- colleagues from the same area can spend time together, building skills and relationships within the team;
- dedicated team development can assist in achieving team cohesion and commitment.
If you are interested in exploring tailored training, contact your HR Business Manager or one of the Staff Training contacts (below) who will be happy to meet with you & discuss training provision to meet your needs. Training will be delivered either internally or by one of our external trainers. There may be a charge for this training which will be discussed at an early stage.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a confidential and impartial one-to-one process which enables self-learning and development. It is purposeful and outcome focused and one of the most powerful development approaches available.
What are the benefits?
Coaching can be useful to enhance skills and develop strategies to be more effective and to build resilience. It can also assist in the creation a reflective space which fosters thinking. Coaching can be especially effective for those new to the University, those considering career development opportunities and for those transitioning into new roles.
Coaching can also be effective in enabling an individual to relate to & influence others & improve working relationships.
What is involved?
Coaching ordinarily involves up to four 75-90 minute meetings during working hours, once every 3-6 weeks, arranged at a mutually convenient time for the coach and coachee. The meetings are usually completed within 6 months.
Internal Coaching: There is a small internal panel of UCC coaches based within HR.
External Coaching: The Staff Welfare and Development team maintains a panel of approved Executive coaches. The costs of the coach are paid by the unit in which the coachee is based and line management approval should be in place prior to coaching Staff Welfare & Development.