How do I develop?

'Learn' sign within Clifford Whitworth Library

We encourage you to take ownership of your learning; Deciding what you need to perform at your best in your current or future role with the support of your manager and colleagues. Co-creating learning situations and enabling each other to learn.

In today’s evolving, fast changing and digitally focussed world, we need to be agile and adaptable to pick up new skills and stay relevant. This requires a mindset shift and good learning habits.

Our development principles

 This is how we approach colleague learning here at Salford:

  • Learning happens every dayDevelopment is everywhere and not just in a classroom
  • You drive your own learning. How and what you learn should be motivated by personal growth, curiosity and need
  • Internal first. Look to the fantastic people around you! We're surrounded by internal expertise and experience. Actively use this to collaborate and stimulate your learning
  • Learning should be a playful, organic experience. Experiment! Play! Try new things! You'll learn something in the process, even if it wasn't what you set out to. This is encouraged at all levels.
  • Learning is an individual process. No one method of learning is better than another, and don't aspire to attend a formal course. These often don't change you. Whatever enables you to learn is valid, e.g. reading, shadowing, conversations, group work, workshops, new experiences, etc.

Feed your curiosity


Ability to work autonomously – clearly aligning roles and expectations


Enabling on demand learning including LinkedIn learning with resources and training across a variety of topics


Working with colleagues who are experts in their fields


Career programmes including Salford Managers, Aurora (Advance HE Women’s leadership programme)


Robust conversations and regular reviews


Specialist programmes for early career e.g. apprenticeship, internships

Sound like the place for you?