You can assign staff to learning areas, and this has historically been used for the Student Voice survey permissions but now you can create a staff user that only has access to view and manage their own learning area or areas.

If you see the below screenshot, you will see that I have allowed George to only manage courses within 3 of the 12 or so Learning Areas at our School. 

In the permission list when Editing a user, select the new setting "Manage selected Learning Areas only", this will mean that that user can now only see the Learning areas that are checked on the right column. 

If you add new Learning Areas you will have to go back an edit users with limited permissions that require access, If the "Manage selected Learning Areas only" has not been checked, the logged in user will be able to edit all Learning Areas/Departments. 

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