USHA Competency, Development and Training Group (CDT) News December 2015


The USHA CDT Groupwas established in late 2014 with the purpose of providing a range of resources to support the management and development of competencies across the sector.  The group has two specific workstreams; firstly, the creation of learning and development resources that can be used by universities to support the local delivery of high quality training and, secondly, support for the development of competency through guidance documentation and the development of specific frameworks.

  • General Staff Competency Working Group

Andy Mulligan from Durham University is currently leading a project looking at the development of a structured approach that will support the implementation of health and safety competency  frameworks. The aim of the project will be the development of a sector-wide guidance document, which will be further supported by an online toolkit containing a range of associated resources. The guidance document is under development and is expected to be submitted to the USHA Executive for initial comments early in 2016.

  • Leadership & Management Competency Working Group

A project group has been established to look at the development of a set of leadership and management competencies for each management tier identified in the newly launched “Leadership & Management of H&S in HE”. It is hoped that examples will be available for comment by the middle of next year.  
I am really pleased with the progress that has been made and I would like to thank everyone who has been contributing to one or more of the project groups. – You know who you are!

  • E-learning Working Group

An additional priority area for the CDT group is the provision of high quality and relevant e-learning and online training & development resources. The initial step for this project will be to carry out a scoping exercise, via institutional questionnaires, to assess the current usage level of e-learning as a training method, and investigate any potential gaps or needs where a sector-wide approach would add value. We are seeking volunteers to be part of this group, and if you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch.

Rachel Valentine,