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Innovation and professional development

Our role

We lead development activities that result in the enhancement of teaching quality. We achieve this by working in partnership with colleagues in the University's faculties and central directorates.

Our main areas of work

Professional development and recognition

We manage the University's Professional Recognition Scheme for academic and learning support staff.

The scheme, accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), is designed to connect appraisal and academic continuing professional development (CPD), including peer-supported review. The University is accredited to recognise our staff as Fellows of the HEA at AFHEA, FHEA and SFHEA descriptor levels, demonstrating the University's commitment to enhancing and recognising our excellent teaching.

We run the University's CPD programme for academic staff and co-ordinate other provision through our CPD at SHU site.

We lead the organisation of the University's Learning and Teaching Conference and run the open online peer reviewed Student Engagement and Experience Journal, which accepts papers from our staff and students as well as those who teach or learn at other universities.

We lead the development of resources and toolkits used to support curriculum design and academic innovation. We do this by establishing representative 'task and finish' groups involving colleagues from all of the University's faculties. Building upon the experience of our wider academic community, we ensure that innovative good practice is shared and informs resource development, frameworks and strategies. The development outputs are shared with staff through online resource bases such as Teaching Essentials, Induction+ , the Feedback Toolkit and the Learner Engagement Toolkit.

Contact us

If you have any questions please email Andrew Middleton, head of innovation and professional development, at or phone 0114 225 2613.

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