The UoB Manager Induction Programme
The UoB Manager Induction programme aims to equip all new professional services managers with the skills and knowledge they need to manage their staff confidently, effectively and with self-awareness.
About the programme
We want to ensure that all staff taking on supervisory or people management responsibilities at UoB feel equipped and confident to do so. This development programme provides new managers with vital skills training, input from key UoB divisions and networking opportunities in the early days of their new role.
A 'build your own' approach
This self-directed management programme consists of a number of flexible workshop modules. New managers are asked, in discussion with their own manager, to select and participate in the modules most relevant to their particular remit, with the following guidelines:
- The 'Line Managing @UoB' two-day module is mandatory for anyone taking on formal line manager responsibilities. Please note: this module replaces and extends the existing 'Staff Review & Development' training for Professional Services staff.
- Participation in other modules is self-determined; new managers are expected to take a proactive approach to their development and attend all relevant modules to help them to excel in their new management role.
- Those new to supervising other people's work, but who aren't formally line managing staff, may attend the foundation module 'Supervising @UoB'.
All the modules will be available regularly throughout the year to ensure that participants can access the right training for them at the right time.
Core induction modules
These core programme modules give new staff a grounding in the key skills of supervising and managing one or more members of staff at the University of Bristol.
Supervising @UoB (1 day)
Open to staff new to supervising tasks (but who are not line managing) or to existing supervisors in need of a skills refresher. This foundation module focuses on the skills of effective supervision such as overseeing, directing and delegating tasks, and providing feedback.
Line Managing @UoB (2 days)
Mandatory module for all new line managers at UoB. Day 1 focuses on the role of the manager in the strategic and operational context of the University. Day 2 explores management styles and key communication skills necessary for developing effective relationships with your staff member, and also incorporates SR&D training for Professional Services staff.
Team Managing @UoB (1 day)
This module is for those new to managing teams of two or more people. It examines the characteristics of effective and not so effective teams and explores the skills and tools a manager needs to bring the team together, provide clear direction and motivate staff to maximise team performance.
These workshops support the core induction modules and focus on specific practical skills required by managers to perform their role effectively. New and existing managers are expected to undertake any modules applicable to their remit and/or their personal development needs.
Strategies for Managing Performance (1 day)
This training, delivered by HR, is for both professional services and academic staff who have responsibility for managing the performance of other staff. In this one day workshop, we look at how to create conditions for best performance, frameworks and best practice for use in real-life situations, and practical tools for managing high performers and poor performers.
Successful Recruitment & Selection (0.5 days)
Delivered by our internal Resourcing team, this session will give you the necessary knowledge and confidence to manage all stages of a recruitment campaign for the University both legally and practically, and greatly improve the likelihood of you recruiting the right person for your team.
Managing Change (1 day)
Delivered by our internal Change experts, this interactive workshop will help line managers to better support their staff, and themselves, through the UoB change landscape. It will enable managers to understand both their own and their team's reactions to change, and their role in leading a team through times of transition.
Budgeting and Finance for Managers
The content of this module is currently being finalised with the University's Finance team. Details will be released in due course - please check back soon.
Coaching Skills for Managers
The ability to use a coaching style and to have coaching conversations is now seen as an essential skill for effective managers. This session, delivered by the UoB Coaching team, gives managers the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the process, and to develop and practice these skills in a supportive learning environment.
Who is the programme for?
The UoB Manager Induction programme is open to Professional Services managers who are new to the University context or staff at any grade who are taking on the following responsibilities for the first time:
- supervising or overseeing the tasks of others
- formally line managing individuals
- managing a team of two or more people