Putting our people first

The University's People Management Framework has been recognised as a sector-leading initiative at the 2014 Universities HR Awards for Excellence.

l-r: Chris Mordue from Pinsent Masons, Debbie Greenwood, Jenny Creagh, Carolyn Walker and Judith Hardy


The People Management Framework (PMF) has won the 'Organisational Impact' award, reflecting the tangible benefits which the initiative has brought across the University.

First introduced in 2007, the aim was to ensure a consistent and measurable approach to people management, and one that was in line with the University's values.  Key elements of the PMF, developed since its introduction, include:

  • the Leadership and Management Standard, with behavioural expectations relating to self-awareness, working with others, and building future success
  • the PMF survey, carried out every other year, measuring HR performance in each school and service
  • the use of data from the survey to inform school and service HR action plans

HR Director Matthew Knight said: "The People Management Framework has transformed the way we work.  I'd like to congratulate all those who have worked so hard to ensure that it's now embedded in our culture.  By putting HR at the heart of our annual planning, we're sending a clear message that effective people management is critical to our success at Leeds."

The awards are open to all universities in the UK, and were judged this year by:

Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham
Nita Clarke OBE, co-author of 'Engaging for Success' and Director of the Involvement and Participation Association
Elizabeth Sideris, Executive Director of HR at Cancer Research UK
Veryan Johnston, Executive Director of HR at Newcastle University

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