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 

The Aspiring Manager, The Edinburgh Manager and The Edinburgh Leader aim to develop your leadership and management skills.

The programmes provide opportunities for self-reflection on your values and behaviours to foster authenticity in your approach to management and leadership.  

They also create opportunities for collaboration and connection amongst the management and leadership community to address shared challenges together, learn from each other and with each other.

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.

Edinburgh Leader and Edinburgh Manager cohorts also meet in person for the programme launch and making a difference celebration event at the end of each programme. 

You can find details of each programme’s aims and structure on the relevant programme page linked to below: 

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 and behaviours 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 and behaviours required of a strategic leader. It also gives an opportunity to grow your network with other University of Edinburgh leaders.

Applying for a programme 

Applications are now open to apply for all programmes and will be accepted up to 5pm on Friday 9th August 2024. Based on the registered interest received, we expect demand to be high and may need to allocate spaces on a first come basis, prioritising those who meet the criteria for the programme they have applied for and ensuring a good mixture of delegates. 

We require a delegate application and supporting nominating manager form to be completed and submitted for each application. Links to these forms are below: 

Delegate Application

Nominating Manager

Please thoroughly review the guidance on programme objectives and eligibility to ensure applications are submitted for the programme which best aligns to delegate development needs.  

Programmes are open to all employees of The University of Edinburgh and associated organisations such as Edinburgh Innovations, UoE contracted NHS staff, Edinburgh University press etc.  


Development options for those not attending a programme

Any questions about the programmes should be raised with Talent and Development team.

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