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Welcome to SPARK – Strathclyde’s Programme for Academic practice, Researcher development, and Knowledge exchange

The SPARK programme is designed to provide staff from across each of the University’s job families with flexible, individualised, and progressive routes for personal and professional development. This can lead to a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and collection of 30 or more SPARK credits may also be a probationary requirement for some new staff. 

Beneath the SPARK umbrella, innovative course pathways offer classes that are aligned to each of the University’s academic professional job families:

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Researcher Development

Knowledge Exchange

Academic Practice


Getting Started with SPARK

For help with joining the SPARK programme, have a look at our interactive step by step process map:

Getting Started with SPARK

For more information and answers to any questions you have have, come along to our Academic Development Info Session

Already registered on a SPARK pathway?

View the SPARK Handbook:

SPARK Handbook 19/20

View our list of available classes:

SPARK Classes


The Academic Development Team

Stuart Boon, Academic Development Director

Emma Compton-Daw, Academic Development Lead: Research

Katy Savage, Academic Development Lead: Learning and Teaching

Catherine Deeney, Programme Administrator


Graham Hills Building (Level 4)

40 George Street


T: +44 (0) 141 548 4058


At a Glance

Professional Accreditation

HEA Fellowship Recognition Handbook    

HEA Academy