Professional Development

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).

Programme for All Staff

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

  • Growing Personal Resilience
  • Planning for Retirement (partners can attend at no charge)
  • Personal Efficiency Programme
  • Tangata Tū Tangata Ora workshop
  • Te Reo workshop
  • A wide choice of Health & Safety workshops

Various Management and Leadership Development programmes are available for Senior Staff, including:

  • Negotiation Skills
  • Chairing Effective Meetings
  • Coaching
  • Delegation Skills
  • 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

(for academic staff members of the Faculty of Commerce, Engineering or Science only)

The University of Canterbury is proud of the magnificent bequest left by a former distinguished student John Angus Erskine. This bequest enables some 70 Visiting Erskine Fellowships to be awarded each year for international visitors to give lectures to students in those Departments eligible for access to the Bequest (i.e. Faculties of Commerce, Engineering or Science). The similar Visiting Canterbury Fellowships Programme provides for a small number of visits to the balance of academic Departments. The bequest also funds up to 25 University of Canterbury academics in eligible Departments to travel to overseas institutions on an Erskine Grant.


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.

Professional Development