About our merger, and the history of the former units and services that became the Institute for Academic Development.
The IAD was initiated in January 2010 by merging a number of pre-existing units and services, all of which have had important national and international reputations:
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) was established in 1985, building on a programme of activities stretching back to 1970 and mounted under the auspices of the University's TLA Committee.
It aimed to help the University achieve high standards in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning with a remit that included not only the professional development of teaching staff but more general responsibilities for the support of innovation and dissemination of good practice in teaching, and providing advice to students on their learning.
The transkills unit was established in 1997 by the then Faculties of Science & Engineering and Medicine & Veterinary Medicine to support PhD researchers successfully complete their studies and prepare for future careers.
By 2003/04 transkills had a University wide and broader remit, partly linked to funding from the UK Research Councils to implement the recommendations of Gareth Roberts’ ‘SET for success’ review of research and training (2001) report.
This remit included:
The Researcher Development Programme was founded in the mid-late 1990s, and was based in the University's Corporate Human Resources unit. It was founded to support the University's research staff, many of whom were on fixed-term contracts. Its provision has grown substantially over the years, to provide a full range of skills training and career management support for research staff.
Researcher development staff have also been involved in a range of other support initiatives, including: