At Heriot-Watt we understand that learning and development is vital to our success. As an employee, whether you're working independently or in a team, you'll be supported towards developing your skills and knowledge through a wide range of opportunities in our career development programme.

Our development programme is continually evolving to make sure we meet the needs of individuals and teams at all our campuses*, and currently covers elements ranging from induction sessions to academic enhancement.

Academic Leadership and Development

The Centre for Academic Leadership & Development (ALD) supports members of the academic community at Heriot-Watt University to maximise their research and teaching capacity and impact. Academic staff, research associates and PhD students can select from a range of award-winning programmes offered by ALD, including Heriot-Watt Crucible, Research Futures, the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, LEADS and Heriot-Watt Engage. For further details, please see Centre for Academic Leadership and Development.

Leadership & management

Leaders at Heriot-Watt are offered a comprehensive Leadership and Management Development Programme, including specific skills development and resources to support them on every step of their leadership journey. This includes:

  • A comprehensive online Management Toolkit, with useful advice and resources designed to help managers in their First 100 Days in their new role
  • A Management Essentials programme of bite-sized tutorials, where managers can discuss and gain practical advice on key management related topics and skills (such as Leading Change, Giving and Receiving Feedback, and PDR Training)
  • Accredited leadership programmes through the Institute of Leadership and Management for first-line supervisors and managers.
  • A comprehensive Leadership programme for our more senior leaders, which includes a range of workshops, one-to-one coaching and practical action learning sets covering topics such as personal impact, leading and building a team, and managing your resilience.

Professional development

In addition to our Leadership programmes, colleagues at Heriot-Watt can access a range of development opportunities to support them in their individual professional development. Our workshops on customer service, communication, interpersonal and organisational skills can help you develop your personal effectiveness skills.

The Career Thinking Programme aims to work with individuals to help develop career goals and increase awareness of career development opportunities available with Heriot-Watt University, though a series of workshops and optional one-to-one career development coaching, with an internal accredited Coach.

Our induction networking lunch gives all new employees a warm welcome to Heriot-Watt, and offers the opportunity to meet others whilst enjoying a friendly and relaxed lunch.

IT training

Our dedicated IT training team offers workshops, tutorials and drop-in sessions on a wide range of software. We also offer certification options and we are an approved ECDL centre.

*Colleagues in non-Edinburgh campuses are eligible to access all Heriot-Watt development programmes. In addition to the range of online materials, and workshops run onsite at the Edinburgh Campuse, a number of bespoke programmes are also delivered (as required) on location in individual campuses.