Academic Practice

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There is increasing public and political interest in quality assurance in higher education which is reflected in a perceived need for preparation and continuing professional development for academic staff

There is widespread recognition within the University system, actively supported by the University and College Union, of the desirability of education and development for the extended range of skills and responsibilities required of academic staff.  This matches the increasing professional, public and political interest in quality assurance in higher education which in itself lends powerful force to the argument for the preparation and continuing professional development of academic staff.  The Academic Practice course provides relevant career and professional development opportunities aligned with the universities’ academic job family. The main aim of the programme is to empower staff, by providing them with the skills, experiences and understanding to reach their full potential, whilst at the same time providing the university with a means of assuring and enhancing quality in its teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities at all levels.

Fostering university culture and aligning with the university’s strategic aims and objectives, this programme provides a platform for engagement with the current key aims of internationalisation, interdisciplinarity, impact, external engagement and enhancing the student experience.

SPARK Modules

The Academic Practice course requires participants to undertake three core modules and to select from a variety of optional classes. Classes must be taken in the combinations described in the regulations section   


Teaching, Learning & Assessment within the Disciplines - Blended Learning

Building a Successful Research Career
Understanding and Exploring Knowledge Exchange 
Note: For the Academic Practice course pathway, all three modules above are core, reflecting the dynamic roles of academics in UK Higher Education.  All other modules are optional.
Academic Writing 
Course (re)Design
Teaching & Learning Online (TALON Part 2)
Research Bidding and Design
Management and Leadership in Higher Education
Understanding External Organisations
Engaging Different Audiences
Enterprise, Commercialisation and Intellectual Property
Establishing and Managing Relationships


*All 3 core modules must be taken for Postgraduate Certificate

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