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Personal and Professional Development


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 network, supported by PPD, aims to support this role by providing opportunities to keep in touch, share practice about effectively support our teams and manage workloads, and learn from each other.

Subscribe to the Leaders and Managers Network (LMN) email:

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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
    • 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.

Initial features of the network:

  • mailing list for leaders and managers to receive and share relevant news, events and learning opportunities. Due to the size of the network, posting to the list will be limited and moderated to ensure relevant content including news, events and learning opportunities, and/or compiled into a weekly digest. 
  • an open Yammer group for ongoing conversation - please visit to post news, discussions and questions
  • regular events 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.

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 ideas and comments form to contribute your thoughts about the network and suggest what you would like from it.

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