Human Resources

Courses & Learning Opportunities

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At Western, we provide a number of internal courses and learning opportunities developed specifically for our employees. Programs are offered by Learning and Development Services and other Western partners.


The following courses are available to Western employees.

Foundational Leadership Program

This program is for those who are currently in formal leadership roles at Western and who are responsible for the performance and supervision of a team of employees. Increase your ability to use best practices in leadership, strengthen your communication skills in challenging situations, and work effectively with groups.

Improving Professional & Personal Productivity

Learn effective planning strategies to move ‘important work’ forward, manage your daily schedule, and prioritize tasks. This course is for leaders and professionals who have discretion over their daily work schedule and who are accountable for delivering on work projects and priorities.

Introduction to Leadership at Western

Learn communication skills to effectively work with others and express your work needs in a constructive manner. Explore work style differences and how to leverage these when working in groups. This program is for those in informal leadership roles (e.g. leading people on project teams, chairing committees or serving in a lead hand role).

ITS Non-Credit Computer Courses

Western’s Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a regular schedule of computer skills training workshops for employees on a variety of software applications.

Meetings that Work – Skills for Meeting Leaders

Learn to prepare for productive meetings, facilitate high quality participation, maintain meeting focus and momentum, and plan for action and follow-up. This course is for employees who actively lead meetings as part of their current role at Western.

Mental Health First Aid

This certification program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is available to leaders and staff at Western. Participants will learn how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  A new certification program is also available to adults who interact with youth on campus. These programs are offered by Rehabilitation Services in partnership with Learning and Development and other campus resources.

Mental Health - Interactive Learning Module

This online module is 30 minutes in length and provides participants with a basic understanding of Mental Health issues and of available campus and community resources. It covers the topics of Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Suicide and Eating Disorders. It is available to all Western students, faculty and staff.

Operational Excellence Series

The Operational Excellence Series supports Western employees who are involved in the administration of people, financial or other processes within an academic or support unit. This is a practical program focused on increasing your knowledge, skills and proficiency in the administrative aspects of your current role.

Program for Academic Leaders - BASICS

The BASICS program is a series of full and half-day workshops for Western’s academic leaders at the Chair level or higher. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues from across Western; interact with, and ask questions of senior leaders; and learn about Western resources. BASICS is offered by Faculty Relations in partnership with Learning and Development Services.

Western Certificate in Management

The Western Certificate in Management (Western CIM) program is for staff and leaders engaged in human resource functions, accounting or finance as part of their role.  Eight courses are offered on a variety of management topics – courses are customized for Western employees. Graduates receive a designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.   The program is delivered by Continuing Studies at Western in collaboration with Learning and Development Services.

Conferences and Forums

A number of large group learning opportunities are provided throughout the year for Western employees.

Western Staff and Leaders’ Conference

Held annually in February, Western’s Staff & Leaders' Conference offers engaging keynote speakers, workshops, and tours of some of Western’s key research and support facilities.  The conference is a great opportunity for staff and leaders from across Western to come together and learn about current issues, trends, and best practices.

Western Leaders’ Forum

The Leaders’ Forum is an opportunity for Western’s senior Academic and Administrative leaders to discuss issues of strategic importance to the University. The Forum provides an opportunity for information sharing, idea exploration, dialogue and feedback.

Professional Network Forum

The Professional Network Forum is an opportunity for Western’s professionals to meet and discuss matters of strategic importance to the University, and to learn about relevant learning and development topics.

Other Learning Opportunities

Western employees have access to a number of additional learning services and resources:

Continuing Studies at Western

Continuing Studies offers a large variety of professional development courses, workshops, and certificates to members of the public.  Many Western employees take Continuing Studies courses to further their career development.

Ivey Business School, Executive Education

Ivey’s Executive Education programs offer learning for leaders at a variety of stages in their career. Choose from the Leadership Suite of courses, or target specific career learning with their Focused Programs. Courses are two to six days in length and are offered in London or Toronto. Western employees receive a 40% discount off tuition*. Use code Western40 in the “Additional Information” field when registering. (*for Open-Enrollment, Non-Partner programs)

Western’s Teaching Support Centre

Western faculty members, librarians, and archivists, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students are encouraged to visit this website for workshops, conferences, and courses to advance their teaching and learning practices.

Western Undergraduate Courses

Western offers a large array of excellent undergraduate programs and courses.  This link will help you learn about what is available and how to apply.

Western Graduate Studies

Western’s School of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies is the place to start if you are interested in exploring a graduate degree.

Western Libraries

Western employees enjoy access to over 11 million items offered on-site or online through Western Libraries. Materials may be signed out using a staff identification card; online collections are accessible using your Western username and password.