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Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS)

OSDS programme update

OSDS maintains a comprehensive and expanding programme of professional development activities and support. During the pandemic we moved all events to online formats and have increased the range of digital learning and resources for all staff. As pandemic-related restrcitions permit we will retunr to in-person events, but will continue to offer an expanded programe of online digital learning and professional development.


Update 10 September 2021

All major pandemic-related legal restrictions have now been removed and many activiteis can retunr to something approaching the pre-pandemic 'normal'. However, for office-based workers, the Scottish Government guidance to 'work from home if you can' remains in place.


On that basis there will be no immediate retunr to in-person professional development activities, although as soon as the gudiance chnages and there is no obstacle to doing so, we will begin to schedule in-person events again. 


We will continue to review our programmes and delivery methods in the light of further developments, and we hope we will be able to re-establish a programme including some face-to-face activities during semester 2 AY 2021-22.


In the meantime, please refer to the OSDS webpages for the most up-to-date information about professional development opportunities, and look out for the OSDS newsletters that are emailed out to different staff cohorts, including Developing News (for research staff), Aspire (for academic staff) and Well now (our wellbeing newsletter).


Please note that many of the activities offered under 'Professional staff' are also open to ALL other University staff.


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Research staff
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Academic staff
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Professional staff

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Staff wellbeing

Coronavirus FAQs

You can also browse the available professional development activities by visiting PDMS, selecting ‘show all courses’ and the filtering by audience.


If you have any queries, please contact us at


Organisational and Staff Development Services (OSDS) is the University’s central provider of professional development for all University staff, and is also responsible for a wide range of organisational development projects and initiatives.

OSDS works as a strategic partner with Human Resources to deliver the University People Strategy, to create greater efficiency and stronger synergies across each element of the employee journey, and to create the conditions where individuals and the organisation can achieve higher levels of performance. 


OSDS aims to ...

OSDS aims to positively contribute to the planning and delivery of organisational change, and to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of University staff. We work with colleagues in Service Units and Schools in a collegiate, collaborative way, providing skilled interventions to support them and to help the University meet its strategic and operational objectives.


OSDS promotes, develops and supports University-wide initiatives that engage staff in new ways of working and thinking, in close collaboration with Service Units, including CEEDBTPOEHSS and others.


As a unit, we aim to foster a collaborative, flexible and creative environment where we are working to a common goal of excellence. 


We will: 

  • Play a key role in the implementation of the University People Strategy, leading on or contributing to different workstreams and initiatives.

  • Deliver a comprehensive and high quality professional development service to all staff cohorts within the University using a variety of approaches and interventions

  • Lead and support the achievement and retention of institutional awards (such as HR Excellence in Research)

  • Support change within the Institution at strategic and operational level through organisational design and change methodologies and through appropriate interventions

  • Develop and deliver strategies for organisational development around different themes such as leadership, talent management, wellbeing & engagement and performance


Hebdomadar's Block,
St Salvator's Quad,
75 North Street,
St Andrews,
KY16 9AJ

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 7198

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If you have any feedback, ideas or suggestions for enhancemet of our activities, please email: