What is Organisational Development

Organisational Development is a planned, systematic approach to improving organisational effectiveness and health – one that aligns strategy, people and processes.

How does OD support the university

The Organisational Development (OD) service supports the University to achieve its strategic aims by enabling our people to give their best and deliver exceptional performance.

We do this by working collaboratively with leaders, managers and staff to:

  • Enhance performance of staff members, teams and departments
  • Develop people and leadership capability, confidence and experience
  • Foster a sense of pride and belonging with Aston University employees
  • Create a collaborative, positive, sustainable and inclusive working environment

As well as offering a range of learning and development programmes and coaching support, OD Partners provide tailored development to leaders, managers and their teams, to improve performance and engagement across the University.

Our Behaviours



We also offer the following bespoke services:

  • Diagnostic profiling (individual 360, team profiles and Myers Briggs) - this service is fee based
  • Away day design and facilitation for teams and departments
  • Consultancy to managers and Heads of Departments/Schools

Click here to find out how OD will work with you. 


Book your training via the Staff Portal


Access the Course Cancellation Policy


Access the Organisational Development Policy:


Access the Staff Professional Development Request Form


Other learning and development opportunities:

  • The Skills Toolkit - free digital training courses
  • The Education Team - Provide leadership in: learning and teaching innovation; technology enhanced learning; the development of flexible and work-based curriculum delivery; and encourage pedagogical research
  • Research and Knowledge Exchange - Development opportunities for research students
  • Digital Services training - Digital Services provides training on most MS Office applications for staff and research students
  • Doodly Library
  • Lunch and Learn - series of events / activities that provide a platform for anyone across the organisation to share good practice, new ideas or innovative ways of working.
  • Safety Team - provide a variety of courses related to health and safety

Contact us

Email us:

Our OD Partners:

Tracey Roberts (Engineering and Physical Sciences & Business including LSS) ext 3534
Fiona Archer (Engineering and Physical Sciences & Business including LSS)
Aneesha Patel - Sadler (Professional Services and RKE) 
Rebecca Kent (Health and Life Sciences and The Education Team) ext 4601

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