All of the courses below are accessed through iLearn. 

Age Bias

This course looks at the benefits of having an age-diverse workforce and provides guidance on best practice for tackling age bias and getting the best out of your people at every stage of their working lives.


Bereavement - key points for line managers

After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Know what you should say and what you should do upon learning that a colleague is bereaved
  • Feel informed about the steps you can make as a manager in this situation
  • Oversee a colleague's return to work after bereavement
  • React accordingly when a colleague passes away. 

Access the training here

Bribery Act

This course will give a better understanding of:

  • the different forms that bribery can take
  • why and where bribery occurs the damage bribery can cause
  • who is at risk from bribery
  • the most common bribery ‘red flags’
  • the new offences and penalties introduced by the Act.


Building resilience

This training will give a better understanding of:

  • What we mean by ‘resilience’
  • How resilience can help us in our professional and personal lives
  • The seven habits of resilient people
  • What we can do to develop our own resilience


Career pathways

This course introduces the concepts of planning and managing your career and signposts to where you can find resources to help your career planning.


Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - supporting students

For students experiencing depression, anxiety, homesickness or low self-esteem, that first conversation can make all the difference. 

Developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, this e-learning package is designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer a first line of support to students who may have mental health issues.

Introduced by well-known TV presenter Alexander Armstrong, the package consists of six, easy-to-follow 20-minute sessions, including:

  • Signs to look out for
  • Key helping skills
  • Knowing who else to involve
  • Supporting students at risk or in crisis
Consent Matters

This course for staff and students provides an overview of consent, how it works in practice and when consent isn't possible. The purpose of this course is to provide information and keep all our students safe on campus. 

The course also provides tools on how to positively intervene, deal with difficult situations and links to resources for more information. 


Discover your learning edge

Your learning edge is about finding new solutions and achieving competency at a task. It is also about identifying what you don’t currently know or are unaware of. 

This course will look at the learning cycle, the learning zones, and how to set goals that require you to operate at your learning edge.

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Due Dilligence

This training will give you an understanding of:

  • The concept of due diligence and its importance to the University.
  • The University's due diligence process and how it should be applied.
  • Who to contact to seek help with different stages of the due diligence process.


Emotional intelligence for managers

This course explores Emotional Intelligence (EI) and how we can better understand ourselves and others.

It will help you to be more self-aware and to manage your reactions. It also gives you the skills to assess others' emotions more effectively and deal with them successfully for enhanced performance.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (range of courses)
  • Banter in the workplace 
  • Cultural awareness
  • Inclusion essentials 
  • Inclusive language
  • Sexual orientation
  • Supporting trans and non-binary in the workplace 
Mental health and stress

This course will give a better understanding of:

  • The impact of employee stress 
  • Key triggers for stress in the workplace
  • How to spot the warning signs that someone may be suffering from stress 
  • Practical steps to take to reduce stress and support good mental health
  • Employers’ legal obligations with regards to employees’ mental health
  • How good management, open communication and healthy working relationships are key to our psychological well-being at work


Menopause at work

This course looks at the common symptoms and long-term effects of the menopause and sets out key steps for organisations to take in raising awareness and supporting staff.


Responding to disclosures of sexual violence

This course will ensure all university staff provide a consistent response to disclosures of sexual violence.

Developed in collaboration with an international range of higher education experts and professional practitioners, this course provides uniquely interactive and comprehensive training on the first response to disclosures.

This course empowers staff across a wide range of roles and departments to manage this sensitive and complex issue, providing them with the skills to respond appropriately, empathetically and confidently. 

Please note, this course explores sensitive and complex issues in a frank and honest way that some may find difficult.



Any employee of Aston University has the potential to come into contact with children or vulnerable adults and we have a duty of care to keep them safe. However, not everyone who would be recognised as vulnerable is without risk. We can all find ourselves in situations where our wellbeing may suffer, and we have a responsibility to care for all our students: as well as personal care, we must be aware of the risks of radicalisation, forced marriage and suicidal thoughts.

This training provides an introduction for all employees of Aston University.


Safer recruitment

Certain roles across the University require the job holder to work with children or vulnerable adults, and if you are recruiting to these roles, then this e-learning course is essential to understand best practice in safer recruitment.

This course is not available through Blackboard. If you are in a role where you will recruit people who work with children or vulnerable adults, then please contact Organisational Development and we will send you a link to complete the course.

The effective bystander

As bystanders in our everyday and working lives, we all have a responsibility to take action when we witness inappropriate behaviour. Bystander interventions can take a number of different forms that range from directly confronting the perpetrator about their behaviour to using distraction or interruption and offering support to those on the receiving end. Combining dramatised scenarios and psychological insights, this short course looks at some effective intervention strategies and sets out when it might be appropriate and constructive to use them.


Time management

If there aren’t enough hours in the day then this course will help you find them with a range of practical ideas and techniques to effectively manage your time.


Unconscious bias

Unconscious Bias affects our perceptions of people and the world. It is important to understand what Unconscious Bias is and how it can be managed, as it can have a detrimental effect on different people throughout the employment process. 



Virtual Learning Videos

Below are a range of videos and webinars that will support you in your development journey.