Staff development materials from the Institute for Academic Development

The Institute for Academic Development provides teaching staff with professional development opportunities.

The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) offers:

  • Guidance, events and resources on: teaching and supporting learning at all levels; tutoring & demonstrating; assessment & feedback; digital education; personal tutoring; course and programme leadership; inclusive teaching; reviewing your teaching; academic transitions; supporting students as learners; and more
  • A CPD Framework for Learning and Teaching which provides a rich array of opportunities for you to develop as a teacher and gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Opportunities to secure funding for teaching development, and to connect with others in the University
  • Practice sharing materials and case studies

Professional development support for teachers on IAD site

Innovation in teaching

Festival of Creative Learning

If you are keen to try new things in your teaching or assessment then you should get involved in the Festival of Creative Learning. This is a programme of events and activities focused on being creative about the learning process running throughout the academic year, along with a curated, week-long programme of events in February.

Festival of Creative Learning

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme

If you would like to develop a project focused on trying out something different in teaching and assessment, or on investigating your students’ learning experiences, then the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) is ideal. PTAS can provide you with funding of up to £15K for these projects as well as guidance, support and networking led from the Institute for Academic Development.

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS)

Accessibility in teaching

The IAD provide resources on on mainstreaming common learning adjustments; guidance on inclusive and accessible learning; and supporting multicultural learning.

Teaching diverse students

Getting started – processes and guidance for new/returning lecturers

Whether you’re approaching your first tutorial, lecturing for the first time or taking on your first course organisation or personal tutoring role, the IAD can help with:

  • ‘Practical Strategies for…’ workshops series: short practical introductions to teaching topics
  • Accredited programmes and awards focussed on teaching
  • Workshops for tutoring and demonstrating
  • Networks for undergraduate course organisers and those teaching and working with taught postgraduates
  • A range of guidance materials, on personal tutoring, aspects of teaching, and much more

New members of academic staff are encouraged to participate in the two-day orientation to Academic Practice programme and to attend at least two optional courses from the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Developing as a new teacher

Creating a new course or programme

The Institute for Academic Development provides courses, events and resources which are relevant to creating new courses and programmes. You can find out more on their website:

Support for teaching on IAD site

Information Services Group is developing a Learning Design Service for new courses which can really help you develop your ideas for your course.

Learning design on ISG site