The perfect time to focus on your professional development

As SRDS time is upon us, it’s the perfect time of year to think about career objectives and development opportunities.

One way of undertaking professional development is via the apprenticeship levy. Apprenticeships are an effective option for supporting your development and there are now over 450 apprenticeship standards to choose from. To find out more, visit our apprenticeship web pages.

For academic and professional services leaders: New MSc in Management and Strategic Leadership

For academic and professional services leaders we have a new development opportunity in the form of an MSc in Management and Strategic Leadership, with fees fully covered by the University’s apprenticeship levy.

The Management School will be delivering the course from January 2020 and we’re seeking nominations from colleagues who have leadership or management responsibility, a passion for leadership, and a commitment to personal learning and development.

The course is designed to build leadership and management skills and you will work on strategic projects linked to the University’s vision and priorities.

The MSc will take 30 months to complete – 24 months for the MSc and six months to complete the end point assessment of the apprenticeship programme.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email: for information about the nominations process.

If you are considering this development opportunity, you should discuss this in the first instance with your line manager. Approval will be required from your line manager and an executive member of staff from your faculty or department.

All nominations should be submitted before the deadline of 5pm, Friday 30 August 2019.

This new MSc course is also part of our ongoing work to enhance leadership and management excellence at the University, including Sheffield Leader:Impact, and expands on the MBA in Senior Leadership which 16 colleagues from across the University began earlier this year. Here’s what some of them have to say about their experiences:

Colleagues on the MBA in Senior Leadership share their experiences

Andy Cox, Director of Sport and Physical Activity:

"Being accepted on to the MBA programme was a highlight of my year. Having never studied formally at University before it was a little daunting but something I have always wanted to achieve and another challenge to help me improve as a leader. Already I have noticed a big difference in my confidence and how I reflect on my performance as a leader and plan for the future.

“Meeting other leaders from across the University has been very interesting and helpful to establishing further working collaborations for Sport Sheffield and my understanding of the wider issues across academic and professional services departments.

“There is no doubt it is a very challenging course, especially juggling priorities but I am confident it will all be worth it at the end. I would encourage other colleagues to be part of the MBA programme and confident they would find this very beneficial."

Nancy Stuart, Head of Professional Services, Management School:

“The MBA is helping to develop my leadership and management development within the context of my own role in the University. It allows me to develop my career path and increase my contribution to the University at the same time.

“It is challenging balancing the priorities of my job and those of the EMBA but being able to directly apply learning to the current problems I am dealing with in work has been very beneficial.”

Kevin Corke

Kevin Corke, Departmental and Facilities Manager, Medicine, Dentistry and Health:

“I have found the MBA challenging both in terms of managing my day job whilst studying , especially after such a long time out of the classroom. I am however really enjoying the experience and learning lots which is starting to impact on my leadership practice.”