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Yellow Leaves 250The Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD) is responsible for supporting

  • development and enhancement of teaching and learning
  • quality assurance and development of policies in relation to teaching and learning
  • professional development for all staff involved in teaching and learning

Working in partnership with academic and other staff and with the student community, the Centre seeks to inspire innovative and creative approaches to teaching and learning and to support staff in developing their practice and in gaining professional recognition. We are committed to ensuring that our quality assurance processes are fit-for-purpose and efficient, and inform the enhancement of the University's teaching and learning.

The range of our work includes:

In order to support Schools and staff more effectively and to contribute to the delivery of the University's enhancement priorities for teaching and learning, we are currently working on the following areas:

  • Providing timely and effective support to colleagues in implementing new teaching and learning policies, through workshops, seminars and guidance;
  • Delivering the new Academic Practice Programme (APP), which replaces the Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice and is more sharply focussed on practice and better accommodated to the responsibilities and workload of new staff
  • Offering, alongside the APP, an accredited continuing professional development scheme, which enables academic and support staff to develop further their expertise in teaching and learning and gain formal HEA recognition
  • Reviewing (in collaboration with ITS) the University's existing technology services, such as Blackboard and Turnitin, in order to meet current and future needs, and also reviewing TEL (technology enhanced learning) support and engagement with academic staff and Schools
  • Working with a number of Schools on teaching and learning developments, which they identified during the SPELT process 
  • Providing a rich programme of professional development to support the needs of the University in a period of rapid change
  • Developing academic policy and quality assurance and enhancement processes which are appropriate to the rapidly changing HE environment
  • Providing a forum for discussion of teaching and learning

We wish to strengthen further our engagement with Schools, services and staff, and look forward to developing new ways of working closely with you.

We are located on the second floor of Whiteknights House (our reception desk is in Room 207). We very much welcome staff to come and discuss the support and resources available.

Please note that from 1st August 2014, People Development is responsible for staff development which does not relate to teaching and learning.

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