Human Resources

UoE Leadership and Management Programmes

The University offers three levels of leadership and management development.

Find out more about the Aspiring Manager, the Edinburgh Manager and the Edinburgh Leader programmes and secure your place on the next intake.

The Aspiring Manager:  for staff who are not in a management role but demonstrate the potential and motivation to develop into one 

The Edinburgh Manager: for staff who are people managers across all areas of the University

The Edinburgh Leader: for staff with significant leadership responsibilities including setting the strategic direction of their work area 


These programmes aim to produce positive role models committed to delivering courageous, authentic and inclusive leadership and management for the benefit of all in the University through supporting the following themes:

  • Know yourself: understand yourself as a manager/leader: your style, your strengths, the shadow you cast
  • Know your context: understand your role and how this fits in the University to deliver strategy 2030; understand the system and awareness of self in that system, what leadership and management is required
  • Know your goals: bringing together your strengths and context, identify your focus for development and form steps toward achieving your individual goals and departmental goals aligned to strategy 2030


The programmes support delegates to identify their individual learning objectives and tailor their development accordingly.

There is a strong focus on self-directed learning, blended with online workshops and discussion groups to build leadership and management networks across the organisation.

Content in each element has been designed to reflect key organisational priorities, embed our values and create a community of leaders and managers.

Full details of each programme’s aims and objectives are on the relevant programme landing page below.

We look forward to supporting you on your journey to becoming more confident and accomplished in your role at the University.


Best wishes,

The Talent and Development Team

Success Stories from the Programmes

Find out more about how the programmes were developed and the impact they are making across the University.

The Aspiring Manager

The Aspiring Manager provides a framework to develop core management skills and behaviours to set aspiring managers up for success in future management roles.

The Edinburgh Manager

The Edinburgh Manager provides a framework to develop the skills, knowledge and self-awareness required of managers. It also encourages and enables participants to network with managers across the University.

The Edinburgh Leader

The Edinburgh Leader provides a framework to develop the skills, knowledge and self-awareness required of a strategic leader. It also gives an opportunity to grow your network with other University of Edinburgh leaders. 


Development options for those not attending a programme

Any questions about the programme should be raised with Learning and Development team.

Email Learning and Organisation Development