Training and Career Development

Training and Career Development 

There is a wealth of training opportunities at the University of Bristol, from which the faculty benefits.  

University-wide training opportunities:

  • CREATE (Cultivating Research and Teaching Excellence) is the University of Bristol’s continuing professional development scheme for academics.  
  • Bristol Clear is a new University initiative which provides coaching, mentoring, training, writing retreats and career drop-ins for academic staff on a research pathway (Pathway 2). SCEEM piloted with Staff Development the introduction of Bristol Clear, which provides coaching, mentoring, training, writing retreats and career drop-ins for academic staff on a research-focused pathway. This is now embedded into the ongoing offer to staff across the faculty and university.  
  • AURORA – an Advance HE programme to support women and their institutions to fulfil their leadership potential through thought provoking activities, collaborative problem solving activities and motivating stories supported by inspirational women role models. Participation embeds strong networks of early career women across the sector to share best practice, insights and experiences.
  • WISE Skills4UK Programme – the Women in Science and Engineering programme
  • Bristol Senior Leaders Programme and other leadership programmes offered within University of Bristol – of the 61 Engineering faculty staff members who have completed leadership courses in the last three years, 35 have been women – 57.3%. This is indicative of the investment that the faculty has made in either current female leaders or potential near-future female leaders. 


  • Both Schools have offered Unconscious Bias Training and Academic Wellbeing courses – this is an ongoing part of our plans.  
  • A new Bitesize training series has been developed and is being offered in-house over 2020 (and has moved online to accommodate the Covid-19 working-from-home situation). Sessions delivered within the Bitesize training sessions have included Leadership and Management, Leading teams remotely, Understanding HR processes, and Recruiting and Selecting remotely.  


The School’s training budget was increased by 27% in 2019-20 to ensure staff continue to be able to undertake development and training opportunities. In addition the school created a new Diversity and Inclusion budget of £2,500. 


The School has increased its Diversity, Inclusion and training budget from £12,000 per annum to £26,000 per year for 2019-20