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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;

  • 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.
  • Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL Fund) - Professional and Administrative Staff. The Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL) has now been dissolved.

The University's central Professional Accredited Learning (PAL) fund has now been dissolved following an internal review.

This means that part-funding for existing or future professional accredited learning programmes can no longer be drawn down from a central University fund. We are now asking that any existing or future professional accredited learning courses are fully funded through Schools’ or Professional Services’ local training budgets, alongside all other relevant learning and development activity.

Personal and Professional development remains of paramount importance to ensure we continue to deliver the University’s ambitions.  Here are some ways you can continue to gain development support.

  1. Visit the learning and development portal which provides lots of ways to develop behaviours, skills and competence
  2. Every school and professional service department has its own learning and development budget, you can speak to your line manager about accessing this. 
  3. Shadowing, mentoring, secondment, and getting involved in projects or stretching pieces of work are all examples of ways you can maximise your personal development. Speak to your manager and colleagues about the most appropriate course of action for you.

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 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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