People and Organisational Development

Our People and Organisational Development (POD) directorate incorporates five departments:

The directorate supports the university in developing and retaining the best staff for DMU, by providing up-to-date training, professional opportunities, policies and procedures and offering support and guidance on a range of staff health and wellbeing initiatives.


Latest announcements from POD


February 2014


DMU Project Management Network Launched

In the last staff engagement survey you wanted to see an improvement in the way that large projects at DMU were run. As a result, the Organisational Development team have launched the DMU Project Management Network to bring together Project Practitioners in sharing best practice, learning and development to drive up the standards at the University.

Visit the Project Management Network Intranet portal now|

Revised Gifts and Hospitality Policy

The Gifts and Hospitality Policy has recently been updated to reflect the Bribery Act 2010 and to bring it in line with the university’s Financial Regulations.

The latest version of the Gifts and Hospitality Policy is now available online.|


Revised Public Interest Disclosure (Whistle-blowing Policy)

From 25 June 2013, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 made significant changes to the law protecting whistleblowers under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA).

The changes include that disclosures are now only protected if the whistleblower reasonably believes the disclosure to be in the public interest; and there is no longer a requirement for the disclosure to be made in good faith, as long as the public interest requirement is satisfied.

The university’s Public Interest Disclosure Act (Whistle-blowing) Policy has been amended to reflect these changes.

The latest version of the Public Interest Disclosure Act (Whistle-blowing) Policy is now available online.|


November 2013


New Recruitment and Selection Policy

A new Recruitment and Selection Policy has been launched following a comprehensive review of the university’s policy and processes.

The new policy, linked guidance documents, forms and templates are available on the POD staff pages| .

Key policy changes include:

  • The principles of equality and diversity are enshrined throughout the policy with equality and diversity training a mandatory requirement for all DMU recruiters
  • Mandatory training on the policy for all DMU recruiters and additional separate briefings for new recruiting managers and/or panel Chairs
  • Guidance on panel compositions
  • More emphasis on the pre-recruitment stages
  • A new approach to writing person specifications
  • A greater focus on the use of selection tests to be used alongside a structured panel interview
  • Linked guidance documents on all aspect of the policy, to help managers construct rigorous, fair and appropriate recruitment and selection processes, and fully understand their role in applying the policy. New guidance is included on:

- ‘Permitted Exceptions to External Advertising of Jobs’

- ‘Immigration and Preventing Illegal Working’


Training information

New policy briefing sessions – t o understand the changes brought by the new policy, all those previously trained in recruitment and selection must attend a new policy briefing session, please contact the HR adviser for your work area.


Training for recruiting managers and panel chairs - An additional briefing session is available for recruiting managers and panel chairs to fully understand their particular responsibilities in upholding the policy. This will be mandatory for new recruiting managers and panel chairs. Two part sessions will be offered and staff may attend either or both parts of the session according to need.


Forthcoming session dates are detailed below:
Recruiting managers  Panel chairs
Thursday 13 March 9.30am - 11am  and/or 11am - 1.30pm

For more details about these sessions click here|.

Please contact Kelly Perrin in training and development (|, ext 6435) to book onto any of the sessions above.

Core recruitment and selection training - The existing recruitment and selection course has been redesigned to reflect the new policy, this will be a mandatory training requirement for all those responsible for making selection decisions. Further details of all training sessions can be found on the Training and Development intranet|

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