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Funding - PAL, Apprenticeships & Aurora

Funding Opportunities for Staff Learning

Welcome to the funding opportunities area of our website. This page contains information about central funding opportunities for staff. There are now 2 options for applying for funding;

  • Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL Fund) - Professional and Administrative Staff. The Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL) is a central funding opportunity for professional and administrative staff.
  • Apprenticeship funding – All employees (subject to criteria). Full funding is available for employees to undertake named apprenticeship programmes delivered by the University.
  • Aurora Programme - Aspiring women for senior leadership in HE. Funding available for 8 places during 2018/2019 with Advance HE.

Deadline update - We are currently reviewing the PAL Fund for the Academic year 2019/20 and are not accepting any applications, please check back here in late March 2019.

Professional services and administrative staff are eligible to apply for funding to study for a professional qualification or accredited course identified through the PDR process with your line manager. This is to help you progress in your role and your career overall by enhancing and accrediting professional and personal skills, ensuring that the University is funding development activities which not only support your career, but also the strategic needs of the business. Before completing an application form check you can answer yes to all the following questions;

  1. Is this course relevant to your current role?
  2. Will it enhance your performance in your current role?
  3. Will it support the delivery of your directorate or schools strategic goals?
  4. Is this the best route to obtain the skills and knowledge required?
  5. Is this part of your PDR discussions with your line manager?

Please consult our Quick Reference Guide before completing your application. Our PAL Fund Guidance document at the bottom of this page should also be referenced.

Completed applications should be forwarded to;

Staff  Testimonies  

Why not read testimonies from staff who have completed the course.

Deadline update - We are currently reviewing the PAL Fund and are not accepting any applications, please check back here in late March 2019. 

To access the PAL fund application form, click on the link below:

PAL Fund Application Form

PAL Guidance Document For Employees

Apprenticeship Funding for Employees

Our internal employee Apprenticeship programmes are open to existing employees who wish to expand their current skills and knowledge base and apply to learn and develop in a different way.

An apprenticeship is a work-based learning route to gain a qualification and an appropriate solution where someone has a sizeable gap in skill and knowledge. Following recent reforms a wider range of subjects is now available than the traditionally associated trades. Apprenticeships can be studied by people of any age with a more flexibile criteria for study. Employees can stay in their existing role and opt to do a fully funded higher level qualification as an apprenticeship, getting time out of their role to do so.

To qualify for funding, specific criteria which must be met, most significantly a minimum of 20% of working time must be spent in training or learning activity.  

We are pleased to announce that we offer apprenticeships to existing employees in the following subjects;

These qualifications are delivered internally through Salford Business School and are fully funded.

In addition the Unified Science Schools are also delivering the following

The closing date for applications is 1st April 2019 for June 2019 entry and 12th July 2019 for September 2019 entry.

If you are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship, please read the guidance documents below before completing the Expression of Interest and Approval Form and submitting to

Employee Apprenticeship Guidance Document

Employee Apprenticeship Line Manager Guidance Document

Expression of Interest and Approval Form

For advice on the content of apprenticeships and how apprenticeships work, please contact the Apprenticeship Office

For advice on HR matters relating to undertaking an apprenticeship, please contact

The Aurora Programme is designed to engage and inspire more women in higher education to explore leadership and management as an option for progression. The feedback from the sector tells us that Higher Education Institutions would like to encourage more women to plan and prepare better for leadership roles at an early point in their careers. Over the past four years, 3477 women from over 139 institutions across the UK and Ireland have participated.

“As the University champion of the Aurora programme I would like to encourage our female staff to consider this fantastic development opportunity. It is your chance to be part of this unique initiative that brings together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.”Haifa Takruri-Rizk MBE, Aurora Champion

Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk

Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk MBE

Applications for the Aurora Programme will be accepted until Friday 15th June 2018

The University of Salford would like to support members of staff to undertake the Aurora programme during 2018/19. Aimed at women working up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent with ambitions for a career in leadership and management, this is a great opportunity to explore your leadership aspirations and abilities in a supportive environment. Many of the former participants have found the “cohort” nature of the scheme, the shared learning and the mentoring it provides invaluable.


Aurora addresses core areas associated with leadership success:

  • Understanding organisations and the sector
  • Developing leadership behaviours, skills and knowledge
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers and obstacles
  • Growing confidence and a leadership identity
  • Building networks, coalitions and support processes

This is achieved through a combination of development days, action learning along with self-directed learning that complements the key themes and supports participants’ own development needs and in-house mentoring.

Please follow the link below for further information from the Advance HE website:

To access the Aurora application form for a funded place, click on the link below:

Aurora Application Form

All sections of the application form must be completed and be signed by your line manager and the Head of School or Division. An electronic copy of the form along with a scanned copy of the signature page should be emailed to:

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