Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

HR Professional Development Programme

HR Professional Development offer a comprehensive range of training and development programmes. These include scheduled workshops as well the option of group or one-on-one sessions. If a particular workshop would be useful for your whole team, please contact us as most workshops can be delivered as tailored sessions.

To keep up-to-date with our courses, you can subscribe to receive an updated calendar of events each month. Subscribe to the calendar

Most of our courses allow online booking. These links can be found within the information for the specific workshop. Some of our programmes require a specific application form to be completed. This will be found on the course detail page.

As some of our courses are extremely popular we recommend that you enrol early.

If a course is full or there is no date, what are my options?

Contact us and have a chat. If a course is over-subscribed and enough people are on a waitlist, we will consider running another session. For more information, email

Below is a list of our planned workshops and the information for each Dunedin workshop can be found by clicking on the heading.

Training Programme 2018

Managing People


Individual Courses

eLearning Modules

Additional Online Resources

Professional Skills

This suite of workshops is designed to build technical skills and knowledge that can be applied within the workplace.

eLearning Modules

Personal Skills

This group of workshops concentrates on building individual skills to enhance your knowledge and capability.

Additional Online Resources


These workshops concentrate on areas of diversity and are designed to enhance understanding.

Te Reo and Treaty of Waitangi

Treaty of Waitangi and Māori culture workshops are held every year. For more information and to book, see the HEDC website.

Career Development Programme

The career development programme consists of a range of options that support your reflection. The options provided at the University of Otago include:

More information and extra resources including a career planning workbook can be found at Career development & mentoring.

Other options include workshops that will cover topics related to:

Staff Policy and Information Seminars

Information sessions and training courses about policy and processes.

Customised Courses

The Professional Development team will design and deliver customised sessions for your workplace. These can be taken from our list of programmed courses or we can, in consultation with you, design for specific needs.
We have assisted with Strategy or Team Building Days, problem solving workshops or one on one coaching for specific individual needs.
Please contact the Professional Development team at if you would like to talk to a member of the team about your needs.

Human Resources also run the following courses for teams:

  • Belbin Team Roles
  • Presentation Skills Coaching
  • Safety, Respect and Dignity at Work: dealing with bullying and personal harassment

Women's Professional Development Programme

At Otago there is a range of activities that cater for the needs of women (both academic and professional). The programme is run jointly between Human Resources (main contact is and HEDC.

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, or have any other professional development ideas, we would be happy to hear your suggestions. Let us know by emailing