Training Courses

Developing our people

All University staff are required to complete mandatory e-learning and staff with line management responsibility must also complete our management essentials course. However, your learning does not end there as the University of Plymouth offers a wide range of facilitated and online training courses available for all staff in a variety of topics.

This page offers more information on current training courses on offer and staff can book a place onto a course through their Employee Self-Service account.

Our courses

What is Anti-Jewish racism?

Anti-Jewish racism is on the rise across the world and our campuses are not immune to this oldest form of racism. This seminar is hosted by world-renowned educator and author Ben Freeman and considers the long history of antisemitism and its impact on Universities today. By the end of this session not only will you understand the history of antisemitism and Jewish identity but you will have the practical skills to enable you to identify and challenge antisemitism.

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Ben Freeman

Ben M. Freeman is a world-renowned educator who focusses on Jewish identity, antisemitism and raising awareness of the Holocaust and he will be your trainer for 'What is Anti-Jewish racism?'.

His first book, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding A People, educates, inspires and empowers Jews to reject the shame of antisemitism and to begin the process of exploring and embracing their own identities as proud Jews.

Understanding Privilege and Bias

Part of being a manager at the University of Plymouth is enabling your team and your students to bring their whole selves to work or study. This module covers the key concepts of unconsious bias and privilege through interactive activities and group discussion on the history of civil rights, contemporary examples of privilege and real-life case studies before giving your the practical skills to identify and avoid bias in your work.

This module is part of our mandatory Management Essentials course. If you're a manager then get in touch with Staff Development to reserve your place. 

EDI Team

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team are a diverse group of specialist staff based in central professional services and across all three Faculties. Your training session will be delivered by colleagues from this experienced team. 

Led by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Ariel Chapman, the EDI Team are central to the University's commitment to enabling our people to perform their best whilst at the University of Plymouth. Each EDI advisor will talk from lived experience and deliver your training in a relaxed, comfortable and lively session with opportunity throughout for group discussion. 

Trans Awareness Training

Transgender was the word seeing the second biggest rise in usage in the media during 2015. Transgender rights have become an urgent political issue. But the transgender community is very diverse and poorly understood after years of mis-gendering and stereotyping. Delivered by trans facilitators from The Diversity Trust, this interactive, engaging and eye-opening session aims to help all University staff improve the services they offer to trans staff and students. 

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Cheryl Morgan

Cheryl Morgan is a Director of the Diversity Trust. She heads up their trans awareness training and has written widely on issues of trans inclusion in society. She underwent gender transition in the 1990s and has lived happily as a woman ever since. Because the trans community is very diverse, Cheryl will be accompanied in the training by a number of other trans people with different lived experiences in delivering this session.

When not running training courses, Cheryl can often be found speaking at academic conferences. Her main areas of expertise are trans people in history, and the portrayal of trans people in science fiction and fantasy literature.

LGBT+ Allies training

What does it mean to be an LGBT+ Ally? How can you actually make a difference? This course is here to help! Being an LGBT+ Ally isn't just about wearing a rainbow lanyard and going to Pride each year; it is about offering real, tangible support to the LGBT+ community. This course will provide delegates with the skills to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the workplace in an interactive and fun session with members of the LGBT+ Staff Forum.

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Lowri Jones and Jonathan Coe

Lowri and Jonathan are co-chairs of the LGBT+ Staff Forum and deliver our LGBT+ Allies Training in partnership with other members of the LGBT+ Staff Forum. 

As well as being a co-chair of the LGBT+ Staff Forum, Lowri is part of the University's Complaints and Appeals Team whilst Jonathan is a technician in the School of Biology and Marine Sciences. In order to ensure that all sessions are delivered by a range of diverse voices, Lowri and Jonathan will take it in turns to deliver sessions alongside another trained member of the LGBT+ Staff Forum. 

Dignity and Respect Advisor Training

The University has a network of trained, confidential dignity and respect advisors to support staff and students if they are experiencing bullying, harassment or discrimination. This training course will enable delegates to gain listening skills, assess their unconscious bias and learn how to help others. At the end of this course, all participants will be trained dignity and respect advisors ready to help anyone in need (by registering for this course you are agreeing to become a Dignity and Respect Advisor. Contact for more information).

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Ariel Chapman

As equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) manager for the University, Ariel is responsible for managing the University's day-to-day EDI activities as well as long-term planning on how to best ensure the University remains a welcoming and diverse place to work or study. Ariel is also an associate lecturer in the Plymouth Institute of Education and often speaks at local and national conference on EDI issues having recently been nominated for an ITV National Diversity Award.