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Durham University

Organisation Development

Manager Essentials (Pathway option)


This is an opportunity for staff to attend workshops to improve their management skills and gain accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management.


By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • gain specific knowledge required by a manager
  • gain the skills required to be a successful manager.


The completion of workshops from the following list that total 15 credits would meet attendance requirements for certification from the Institute of Leadership and Management. All participants need to complete the core modules, attend at least two optional courses (to be decided on between you and your manager) and complete the Institute of Leadership and Management eLearning units.

The modules have been chosen to follow recommendation 14 of The Respect Commission Oversight Group

"The Respect Commission Working Group should explore training options in consultation with DCAD and Organisational Development for staff with people management responsibilities (from Heads of Section to PIs and Directors of Research, etc.), particularly in relation to: performance management, dispute resolution/conflict management, professional development support (particularly for more junior colleagues), wellbeing, understanding of the policies and procedures for addressing behavioural misconduct and the mechanisms for their implementation."

Core modules (9 credits)

Optional modules (6 credits must be achieved)

In addition to attending the taught online workshops the following Institute of Leadership and Management MyLeadership e-learning modules also need to be completed to meet knowledge requirements:

  • Developing the Team
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Understanding HR.

To be able to access these modules registration with the Institute of Leadership and Management is required, to apply for registration with the Institute of Leadership and Management please contact


  • Participants will gain a knowledge of management skills
  • Achievement of an accredited certificate.


Online workshops will be delivered via the digital platform Zoom. An invite will be sent out prior to the session.

Who is the programme suitable for?

Those staff who are managers wanting to achieve certification for their attendance on management workshops.

Which of the Job Family Core Skills are supported by this programme?

Which of the Realising Your Potential Approach Behaviours are supported by this programme?