Professional Development & Learning

Our staff development programme ensures that both Academic and General Staff are in a position to contribute to the University’s strategic priorities. Professional development is viewed as an investment in an individual for the benefit of both the individual employee and the University.

Plans are shaped in a partnership with Managers/Heads through our Professional Development and Review Process (PD&R).

Key Functions

  • Provide a professional development programme adapted to the UC context and available to all staff.
  • Facilitate the provision of appropriate and timely learning solutions.
  • Provide resources and options to assist managers and staff on development needs, including UC's Professional Development and Review process.
  • Facilitate timely and relevant induction programmes.
  • Develop, implement and improve policies and processes which support the overall strategic goals and direction of the University.
  • Provide opportunities to upskill using online learning content from LinkedIn Learning.

As a staff member you can access more information on, and register for, our professional development opportunities by viewing our Learning and Development Intranet site (staff only).

Programme for All Staff

A range of core learning and development programmes have been established for all staff, including:

  • Growing Personal Resilience
  • Tangata Tū Tangata Ora workshop
  • Te Reo workshop
  • A wide choice of Health & Safety workshops
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • NZ Women in Leadership Programme

Learning & Development Course List (staff only).

Programme for Academic Staff

A range of core learning and development programmes have been established for academic staff, including:

  • Career Planning for the Early Career Academic
  • Early Career Academic Staff Mentoring Programme
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching

UC provides practical advice and services on teaching, assessment, personal and professional development and research with a view to improving student success.

Study Assistance

UC supports and encourages the personal and professional development of our staff members by offering study assistance provisions for staff. Assistance available to eligible staff may include fee waivers, and reimbursements of tuition fees.


The University of Canterbury offers a range of awards for both Academic and General staff to recognise excellence. These include:

  • Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards
  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards
  • UC Teaching Awards
  • UC Teaching Medal
  • UC Research Medal

Erskine Programme

The bequest by John Angus Erskine enables up to 70 visiting international senior academics to lecture at UC each year to undergraduates and postgraduate students (Erskine Fellowship). Around 25 UC academics are also awarded grants which enables them to travel to overseas institutions to enhance their skills and knowledge (Erskine Grants). Erskine Programme Fellowships are teaching fellowships, not research fellowships, and intended for more senior academics.

Departments not eligible for an Erskine Fellowship or Grant are eligible to apply for one of the other Fellowships or Grants administered by the Erskine Programme Office. These awards are made annually on a competitive basis. Learn more about The Erskine Programme here.


Academic staff members have the opportunity to apply for a period of sabbatical from their role.  This is an opportunity to put aside teaching and administration responsibilities so as to concentrate on increasing ones knowledge and expertise in areas that will benefit the staff member, the Department or School and the University.  Details are available in the Academic and Associated Staff Collective Employment Agreement.

LinkedIn Learning