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Personal and Professional Development


Secondments offer many potential benefits for the host department, the home department and the University.

Benefits to the host department:

  • Cost-effective acquisition of specific knowledge and skills to the department
  • Ability to cover a period of leave or to temporarily fill a role that is proving difficult to fill
  • Opportunity to undertake a particular project or task
  • Offer fresh thinking and new approaches to organisational problems or development
  • Develop links with other departments and institutions

Benefits to the home department:

  • Retention of a valued and skilled member of the team
  • Application of the secondee's improved skills and knowledge to improve and enhance the skill sets of others
  • Exposure to new working practices and processes
  • Opportunities to develop networks and partnerships with other departments and institutions

Benefits to the University:

  • Development of a more informed, skilled and flexible workforce
  • Retention of talented administrators and the skills, knowledge and experiences they possess
  • Enable improved knowledge sharing, communication and understanding between departments across the University
  • Improved process and service delivery derived from sharing and learning from departments and administrators with differing outlooks and perspectives
  • Enhanced employee morale, motivation and commitment
  • Promoting equality of opportunity for University staff