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Mandatory training

Essential training

This section provides quick access to any essential training courses delivered either in the classroom or online. This training is either required of all staff or staff carrying out specific duties.


Classroom training and online training 

Information handling

  • Information Security & Data Protection course
    This mandatory online training includes some cyber security best practice, covers key elements of data protection law and explains our obligations under the Freedom of Information legislation. For details of how to access the course go the Information Governance Training and Support page on StaffNet

  • Information handling tool 
    This enabling tool is intended as a resource for all staff who handle information at the University whether in digital or paper format. The tool will help you determine the best means for sharing, storing or deleting/destroying information.

Health and safety

Please check with your line manager as training may be mandatory in your area of work for your role.

  • THS1E: Online health and safety induction (staff)
    This online health and safety course is mandatory for all staff.  It provides a basic introduction to health and safety at the University.
  • PGR-IND001: PGR student health and safety induction module 1 - mandatory
    This course is mandatory for all first-year PGR students.  It covers the fundamentals of health and safety at the University.
  • TPREVENT0517 Prevent online training
    The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from all forms of terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
    Under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (‘the Act’) relevant higher education bodies (RHEBs) must have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the Prevent Duty.
    To assist implementation of the duty in section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, a Prevent e-learning training package is now available. This is introductory training. It provides a foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the roles involved in supporting those at risk.

For further information on non-mandatory health and safety courses, please see the area in the Practical skills and knowledge section.

Recruitment, Promotions and PDR

  • CUBIAS19: Unconscious Bias
    Colleagues taking part in an academic promotion committee or a recruitment panel are required to undertake this on-line module. This module will provide colleagues with a greater understanding of unconscious bias and how biases can be formed. 
  • Diversity in The Workplace
    Colleagues taking part in an academic promotion committee or a recruitment panel are required to undertake this on-line module. This module will provide colleagues with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with equalities legislation; gain an understanding of the broader issues of equality and diveristy; to know their responsibilies and rights as a member of staff at the University.

For further information about University recruitment policy and procedures, see Recruiting new staff on the HR website.

New Starters

Please follow this link below to find essential reading and documents that you must complete as a new starter at The University of Manchester:

New starters information

Export Controls

  • TLCO310: Understanding Export Controls
    This course is designed to help you understand the importance and processes involved with export controls and how they apply to you and your work at the University.