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

Academic Practice

Research and Knowledge Exchange (New for Sept 2020)

Researcher Development (no longer accepting applications)

Knowledge Exchange (no longer accepting applications)


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 2020/21

View our list of available classes:

SPARK Classes


The Academic Development Team

Dr Katy Savage:  Academic Director & Academic Development Lead (Learning and Teaching)

Dr Stuart Boon:  Academic Development Lead (Knowledge Exchange)

Dr Emma Compton-Daw: Academic Development Lead (Research Development)

Dr Sean Morrissey: Academic Developer

Catherine Deeney: Programme Administrator


Graham Hills Building (Level 4)

40 George Street


T: +44 (0) 141 548 4058


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