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One of UHR’s core objectives is to encourage and provide continuing professional development among all HR staff in its member organisations. Many of the events and programmes are offered free of charge, or significantly below cost, being subsidised by UHR and led by senior HR staff from within the membership.  We aim to offer high quality, tailored and relevant development to our membership.  Please contact the Executive Director, Helen Scott, helen@uhr.ac.uk or 01273 557425, if you would like further information.


National Events and Services

Annual Conference

Held in May each year with a specific theme of relevance to the sector.

Target audience: all HR professional staff. CIPD Band 2-4.

Mentoring Scheme

Available to newly appointed HR Directors who are matched with experienced senior HR Directors as mentors.

Target audience: newly appointed HR Directors, aspiring HR Directors and senior HR professionals who would find this helpful. CIPD Band 3-4.

Coach Register

A register of executive coaches  available to HR Directors. This takes the form of a register of tried and tested coaches, who have a good track record of success in the sector and have testimonials from existing HR Directors who are happy to recommend their services. CIPD Band 4.


National Development Programmes

Strategic HR leaders

A 4 day modular programme for deputy/assistant HR Directors who aspire to Director roles, and for newly appointed HR Directors.

Aim: to enhance the strategic leadership, skills and credibility required in an effective HR Director.

Target audience: Newly appointed HR Directors or current deputy or assistant HR Directors aspiring to the HRD role. CIPD Band 4.

HR Business Partners

A three day modular programme for HR business partners. Aim: to equip senior HR business partners with enhanced strategic competencies, practical approaches and political awareness required to support their HEI in challenging times.

Target audience: qualified and experienced HR professionals, who are required to operate as business partners in their university, often as a member of a Faculty/ School management team. CIPD Band 3.

Working in Partnership

A two day practical, pragmatic skills based programme.

Aim: introduce models of partnering and develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills to work effectively in a partnership way.

Target audience: HR Advisory staff with post qualification experience who may be aspiring to be a business partner. CIPD Band 2.

HR Administrators

Aim: to broaden the perspective and career development of administrative staff by introducing them to the HE context, business partnering and how they can support it.

Target audience: all HR Administrators. CIPD Band 1.

HR Development programme

Aim: introduce the business knowledge required to work closely with academics and managers and the skills needed to adopt a consultative style of advice and guidance. This programme is not currently available.

Target audience: HR Advisory staff with post qualification experience, who may be aspiring to be a business partner. CIPD Band 2.


National Development Events

Development Days

A series of one day events, usually in London but sometimes held regionally, which usually focus on updating knowledge and raising awareness of current thinking and good practice in a the key professional areas.

Target audience: all HR professional staff. CIPD Band 2-4.

HR Directors' Day

A one day event for HR Directors of member institutions, held annually.

Aim: to provide high level external input into a key area of HR strategy for the sector which can be worked on collaboratively by senior HR leaders in the sector and inform future strategies and approaches.

Target audience: HR Directors. CIPD Band 4.

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