Lancaster Professional Programme



The new Lancaster Professional Programme is open to all members of administrative, technical and manual staff of the University, but is particularly relevant to those within grades 1-6.


The programme aims to enhance the fundamental skills of professional life at Lancaster and provide opportunities to interact with colleagues from across the professional services community. The Professional Programme consists of a series of half-day workshops that can be attended on a stand-alone basis or as a whole programme (see below for details). These can also be combined with other forms of professional development.

Development Awards

The University's new, non-accredited development awards offer the opportunity for you to signal your commitment to professional development through the following: 3 events = Lancaster Bronze development award, 6 events = Lancaster Silver development award, 9 events = Lancaster Gold development award.

'Events' can take any form of development such as:

Participation in the development events within the Lancaster Professional Programme of other OED development events

Participation in internal or external events that enable professional networking opportunities

Volunteering or job shadowing

Mentoring others

Other professional development agreed as part of PDR

To be eligible for the above awards, you will need to:

i) Complete the reflective journal to record the events undertaken and the learning you gained from each of them. Use a seperate journal for each development event/activity. You might like to share this with your mentor/critical friend.

ii) Write a short statement (no more than one side A4) that describes the overall benefit/impact that the events listed in your log have had on your role. This statement should then be signed and endorsed by your line manager, before sending it to OED at any point in the year.

Induction and tutorial

Thank you for your interest in the Professional Programme. We will be holding short workshops throughout the year for anyone who is considering pursuing the awards. This mandatory workshop will introduce you to the scheme, explore the learning cycle and help you to develop your own professional development plan. Advice and guidance will also be given to help you complete your reflective journal or writing the short statement of impact.

To book, OED team

The Lancaster Professional Programme Workshops

Other development considerations

To find out more information please email the OED team direct.

Last updated: 08/09/14 (JB)

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