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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Training Policy


Durham University recognises the contribution employees make to its success. It also recognises that to maintain a committed and competent workforce, it needs to ensure that there is adequate training and development provided for all employees.


The purpose of the University's training policy is to ensure that:

  • employees are properly trained in the skills they need to carry out their present jobs at a standard acceptable to the University and its customers;

  • employees are provided with the skills they may need for changes in the way jobs are carried out;

  • as far as possible, employees are encouraged to develop their skills and talents to enable them to progress within the University and reach their full potential.

The University is committed to making the most effective use of the talents, skills and abilities of its workforce and to helping all employees maximise the contribution they can make. To demonstrate its commitment, the University has formalised its training through this policy statement and through the allocation of specific budget resources.

Opportunities for training will be based on an assessment of employees' development needs, irrespective of their sex, age, marital status, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin or sexual orientation.

Implementing the policy

Advice and guidance on any aspect of the University's training policy is available from the Organisation Development Team in Human Resources.

The Organisation Development Team will work closely with managers within the University to provide a range of consultancy/training services.