Personal Development

Promotion and regrading

The School is committed to supporting staff in promotion. Information about employee grading and the promotion process can be found on the University's grading, reward and conditions page.

Mentoring and coaching

There are various University services, schemes and programmes designed to provide support and promote personal development:

  • The University's coaching service gives access to a workplace coach who can support professional development through a tailored coaching programme. 
  • Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme pairs experienced teaching and research academics (mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (mentees), to provide guidance and structured support.
  • Professional Staff Mentoring Scheme is administered centrally by Organisational and Staff Development Services who match applicants, provide training, provide ongoing support, and evaluate the success of the scheme.
  • Academic Probationers Mentoring Scheme aims to provide support for newly appointed academics. Schools are also encouraged to include Teaching Fellows in this scheme.
  • Elizabeth Garrett Mentoring Programme supports women at senior levels in academia to develop leadership capability.
  • Aurora mentoring programme aims to bring together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions in the sector.
  • Advance HE, Diversifying Leadership programme is aimed at early career academics and professional services staff from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (people of colour or non-white) up to and below senior lecturer level (or equivalent for professional services).
  • St Andrews Research Internship Scheme supports a wide range of student-led career mentoring and coaching activities and research internships.

University development and training resources

As part of the University’s responsibility to meet its statutory duties and mitigate key institutional risks, all new and existing employees are expected to complete the mandatory training for employees, including unconscious bias.

There are various personal and professional development opportunities for University staff, from a number of different University providers who offer training to their own staff or to staff from other Schools and Units.

The Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS) provide all University staff the opportunity to develop their professional skills and is also responsible for a wide range of organisational development projects and initiatives.

Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED) provides learning and teaching support to staff and students, combining educational development, pedagogical workshops, technology-enhanced learning and IT skills, and academic and study skills support.