The Human Resources Division continuously offers a range of Leadership Development Programmes including

  • Executive Team Leadership Development;
  • Academic and Research Leadership Development;
  • Leadership Development Programme for Support Managers; and
  • Management Essentials.

Please note that participation in these programmes is by nomination by your Dean or Head of Division and full attendance is required.

It is expected that a leadership development course will be in place mid 2023.

This is a modular programme specifically designed for the Higher Education Sector.  The programme covers areas such as Leading Strategic Change in a HE Context; Understanding Personal and Collective Team Leadership Styles; Strategic Planning; 360 Degree Feedback; an institutiuonal project; and 1-1 coaching.  The aims of the Academic Leadership programme are to provide participants with:

  • An enhanced understanding of the leadership skills required to be an effective senior academic leader in a higher education institution.
  • A heightened sense of self-awareness about their own leadership, communication and decision-making style, through the use of a number of diagnostic questionnaires, including the use of 360-degree feedback process.
  • An increased capacity to assess the strategic issues facing higher education institutions and the University of Limerick.
  • A wider appreciation of the strategic planning and financial skills required to manage in an increasingly business-orientated approach to the delivery of higher education.
  • Greater awareness of good practice in people management.
  • An increased understanding of the experience and skills of other senior colleagues and development of practical steps to help lead major change projects.

This programme builds skills in the three key areas of ‘Best Practice Senior Management Competencies – Lead, Manage and Coach’ – and is based on the philosophy that it will unlock the potential within individuals and teams, through a range of models, tools and techniques in a way that brings lasting change for individuals and sustained benefit for their teams and the University overall.   The upcoming Leadership Development Programme is a real opportunity to grow and develop your skillsets in a number of ways! 

Participants will get input from a variety of sources including a 360 degree feedback exercise, Myers Briggs Psychometric evaluation and a number of 1:1 coaching sessions to support and challenge your learning. For further information please contact   

Management Essentials has been designed to support you on your journey as a people manager; helping you develop a complete set of management skills and capabilities. Managers in the University of Limerick need to be able to manage on-going changes successfully and with confidence. With core, elective and mandatory elements leading to a digital badge, this programme ensures that you will develop a comprehensive management toolkit, enabling your success as a Manager in the University of Limerick. Through group discussions, team exercises and personal reflections you will identify actions to ensure what you learn is applied in the workplace.

Facilitated by skilled professionals with an in-depth knowledge and experience of what it takes for front line managers to succeed in the workplace, this programme will provoke thought and action with immediate results.  The objectives of this programme include:

  • Understand the role of management within the university and how a manager can add greatest value.

  • Learn about proven management tools and practices and how best to apply them to your department or function.

  • Develop personal understanding and self-awareness regarding what motivates you and how you relate to your team.

  • Identify and develop new behaviours to improve performance and contribution in your team.

  • Identify effective communication approaches when providing constructive feedback and use your skills to maintain and enhance employee motivation.

  • Understand how to manage difficult work conversations and situations.

For further information, please see the Management Essentials Brochure

Please see all upcoming training dates.


Hear what some of the past participants have to say about the Management Essentials programme.

           Listen to Roisin Conway, February 2021

I thought the Introduction to Management programme was fantastic. It covered many different aspects of management and each aspect was studied and discussed in great detail throughout the course. Everyone attending the course could draw from their own experiences which made it so relevant and applicable in the workplace. It really helped grow my confidence as a manager when I could see where my strengths lay but also highlighted where there was room for improvement. Frances and the team had great knowledge on the course content, made the course really engaging and navigated new online teaching styles brilliantly.

Laura Kerin, September 2021

The Management Essentials training course covered a wide range of management modules, with a particular focus on People Management and Teams in the University.  The various trainers were very engaging and very good at getting the best out of everyone, as peer learning was a key element of this training course.  I really found the training course a very valuable experience as I develop my management career in UL.

           Nicola Kelly, February 2021 

I joined this course to understand UL management practices as well as to brush up on introductory management tools. The course was very well designed, encouraged dialogue between participants and had a practical implementation focus which I really appreciated.

           Rabiya Ali , November 2020 

The Introduction to Management was an excellent start to a management journey. The virtual presentation worked well and gave me time to absorb the learnings and apply them between each session. It provided useful insights, not only into my own approach to work, but assisting in understanding how others work and how I might be able to adapt my management style to maximise the return from our team. This introduction has laid the foundation for further learning in this space.

           Mary Ferry, November 2020 


This programme consists of a series of four short in person sessions that will be held throughout the academic year, focusing on key topics for HoD's.With input from the Provost and an expert speaker, these sessions aim to provide you with an opportunity to pause and reflect on some key areas of your role. There will also be an opportunity for Peer learning with other Heads. 

Training dates will be confirmed soon and will be announced via UL Connect. 

The Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI®

TDI is the most up-to-date personality test available. This test allows you to understand your personal style. 

The benefits of personality tests:

  • Helps to eliminate conflict
  • Improves communication
  • Improves Teamwork
  • Plays to Strength
  • Encourages Self-Reflection

This test is available to all UL staff free of charge. Click here to access.  

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