People and Organisational Development Directorate

The POD leadership team comprises the Director of HR and a Deputy Director who are responsible for professional services, reward, policy and employee relations, as well as strategy development and complex case work. The Director of POD is a member of the Vice-Chancellor Group and other senior management forums and has responsibility for Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing; the Academic Professional Development Unit and the Training and Development Unit.

POD is structured to enable a customer focussed and responsive service to the academic faculties and directorates within the university. Each faculty and directorate has a minimum of two key contacts within HR who regularly support their areas.

The HR team

The Operational HR team comprises a professional advisory team incorporating HR advisers and HR officers. HR advisers operate as "business partners" working closely with managers as members of Faculty Executive teams. They also provide HR support to the various directorates within the university and are supported by HR officers who act as the main point of contact for these areas. 

The advisers and officers provide support on the full range of HR issues including recruitment and selection, case work, change management, pay and grading and employee relations; they are also responsible for policy development and review.  The advisers and officers provide the main link to other HR services including training and development and administrative support.

The advisory team is supported by the Services team and the Information team. The Services team assists and administers recruitment and selection processes, contractual changes, etc., and provides guidance and support in relation to day-to-day HR issues and processes including maternity leave, Criminal Record Bureau checking, advertising and work permits (points based system for migrant workers).

Each faculty and directorate has an HR adviser and/or officer and a senior HR assistant or HR assistant. The Information team maintains and develops HR information systems, in particular the HR database, to ensure that it meets our changing requirements and provides accurate, robust and timely data and management information. The team responds to requests for data from our funding bodies and various other bodies and supports managers in accessing HR data reports. They also support the development and maintenance of the HR intranet site. 

The Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) team

Occupational Health and Safety aim to provide a professional, high quality occupational health and safety service to the institution by working in partnership with Faculties and Directorates, managers, employees, and trade unions. The OH&S team supports both the staff and student environments.

The H&S team offer expert knowledge and skills in order to generate and promote a positive health and safety culture. This represents a key role in helping control occupational risk. Core areas include:

  • Responsibility for ensuring that all safety legislation is adhered to and policies and practices are adopted
  • Help to plan, implement, monitor and review the protective and preventative measures that the university puts in place
  • Work to minimise operational losses, occupational safety problems, accidents and injuries

The team fulfils the statutory requirement to have access to ‘competent’ advice as part of the organisational arrangements to ensure that the health and safety of staff and others is not adversely affected by their work.

The Academic Professional Development (APD) team

The role of the APD team is to provide effective academic development opportunities for all staff working on DMU programmes so that our students’ experience of learning ‘gets better all the time’. APDU aims to work in collaboration with faculties and departments to support their staff.

APDU is both proactive and responsive and invites staff to discuss their developmental needs on an individual as well as departmental basis. Please go to the APD web site for more information or contact any of the APD staff to discuss this further.

The Training and Development team

The professional development of your staff is vital in order to retain and develop your workforce.

The Training and Development team can develop bespoke training courses for your business, or you can choose from our selection of short courses or our accredited professional training courses – it really does depend on your requirements. Our specialist healthcare training covers both the public and private sectors. 

The team also offer a wide selection of commercial English language courses, suitable for any industry or public sector organisation requiring its staff to communicate in English. Our specialist covers both the public and private sectors. The team also offer a wide selection of commercial , suitable for any industry or public sector organisation requiring its staff to communicate in English.

The university has a comprehensive POD intranet site which contains policies, procedures and guidelines as well as standard university forms/templates and information.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact POD at the address below:

De Montfort University
People and Organisational Development
Eric Wood Building
The Gateway
Leicester ,LE1 9BH, UK 

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 Ext 6168

The office core opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

POD actively encourages sustainability and is currently taking part in the Green Impact Scheme. This has involved a range of initiatives including encouraging staff to consider more sustainable forms of transport and to reuse and recycle. For further information on transport options when visiting DMU please visit the transport webpage.|

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