Researcher Development

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The Researcher Development course provides relevant career and professional development opportunities aligned with the universities’ Research and Academic job families

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 research at all levels.

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 professional 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.

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

SPARK Modules

The Researcher Development course requires participants to undertake a core module and to select from a variety of optional and elective classes. Optional classes comprise the set of classes offered within the Teaching and Learning pathway and elective classes comprise the full suite of classes offered across all pathways (Teaching and Learning, Researcher Development, and Knowledge Exchange) within the SPARK programme. Classes must be taken in the combinations described in the regulations section 

Building a Successful Research Career

Supervising Postgraduate Research ONLINE

Research Bidding and Design
Management and Leadership in Higher Education

Teaching, Learning & Assessment within the Disciplines - Blended Learning 

Academic Writing
Course (re)Design
Teaching and Learning Online (TALON Part 2)
Understanding and Exploring Knowledge Exchange
Engaging and Managing Stakeholders for Impact
Enterprise, Commercialisation and Intellectual Property


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