Training and Resources

As a university that is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, the University of Plymouth provides training throughout the year to ensure staff are always equipped to deliver a service that works for everyone. 

Here you will find information on our training courses as well as the University's agreed definitions and terminology to help facilitate conversations on sometimes challenging topics.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team are also available to deliver bespoke training to faculties and departments. Please get in touch if this is something that you would like to arrange.

All courses for staff listed on this page can be booked via Employee Self-Service or by contacting the Staff Development Team.


We understand that trying to get to grips with the meaning of key phrases in equality legislation and University policies can be confusing.

For various legal reasons and for consistency across departments, the University has adopted a glossary of key terms to ensure that everyone is working to the same definitions. This glossary is regularly updated to reflect the evolution of our language on often emotive topics and we welcome feedback from our staff, students and community.

View our latest guidance on terminology

Training Courses

The University of Plymouth offers a wide range of facilitated and online training courses available for all staff in a variety of topics. These courses run throughout the year and are delivered by experts in their field.

As well as our mandatory management essentials modules, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team deliver courses alongside colleagues from staff networks to ensure that the voices of everyone in our community are reflected in our teaching. Take a look for more information on current training courses and book a place on a course through your Employee Self-Service account.

Our latest training courses


Our EDI toolkits are a range of resources selected by staff and students to support anyone wanting to know more about a range of equality, diversity and inclusion topics. 

The resources may include podcasts, films, books, activities or online conferences and each toolkit has been carefully compiled so that they are suitable for anyone wanting to learn and approach sometimes challenging topics. The toolkits are open access and free to everyone (not including charges related to streaming services).

Access our toolkits now

Women's Development

We're fully committed to promoting equality and eliminating discrimination for our staff, students, applicants and visitors. 

Part of this commitment is to support and enhance our gender equity and we are doing this in a number of ways that aim to encourage, support and provide opportunities for women. The ultimate aim is to increase the opportunities for women to enter senior roles, such as to increase the number of female professors here at Plymouth. We offer a mentorship programme and access to both Springboard and Aurora training programmes for women.

Find out more about our training programmes


All University staff are required to complete our mandatory e-learning packages on Diversity in the Workplace, Unconscious Bias, Mental Health Awareness and more. 

In addition to our mandatory e-learning, we have a suite of interactive modules available for staff to complete including Disability Awareness, Prevent and Safeguarding. 

Complete your e-learning here