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Personal and Professional Development


The Leaders and Managers Network is becoming the Leadership and Management Community of Practice. See more information at Leadership and Management Community of Practice and join the L&M CoP Team to find out more.

The University recognises, and we all know from our own professional experience, the critical role that leaders and managers play in ensuring a productive, tolerant and respectful working environment. The Leaders and Managers Network (LMN), supported by PPD, aims to support this role by providing opportunities to keep in touch, share best practice about how to support our teams and manage workloads, and learn from each other.

Who the network is for

  • All new and existing members of staff who have professional responsibility for other members of staff at the University, supporting their work, behaviour and development.
  • This includes staff across all areas, disciplines, staff groups and levels of responsibility, including staff who are:
    • existing leaders and managers at all levels and across all areas
    • new to managing one or more others (also see Becoming a manager)
    • new to leading a service or research area
    • new to Cambridge, either as a new manager or with previous experience
    • aspiring to a formal management position
    • responsible informally for supporting the work of others.

Features of the network

  • mailing list for leaders and managers to receive and share relevant news, events, feedback and learning opportunities.
  • An open LMN Yammer group for ongoing conversation - visit to post news, discussions and questions.
  • Monthly informal meetings for leaders and managers to get together, receive updates, share practice and feedback on further developments for the network.
  • Access to PPD's range of guidance and resources for leaders and managers, including live scheduled webinars.
  • LMN Podcasts (MS Stream) - practical insights and conversations with experienced University of Cambridge managers.

Development of the network

Whilst responding to the particular needs of this time, we are also looking towards:

  • identifying areas of special interest relating to the leadership and management role
  • an online area to bring together resources, opportunities and enhance opportunities to work together
  • building a community of leadership and management practice, aligning with strategic University goals and values

Please use the LMN ideas and comments form to contribute your thoughts about the network, suggest what you would like from it or ask a question.

We also encourage you to subscribe to the PPD News monthly email for all staff.