Professional development and networking

We offer a number of initiatives within the Business School aimed at supporting academic staff with their professional development needs.

ILT's monthly seminar series

Each month ILT hosts a speaker from within the tertiary education sector to share their experiences and research in teaching approaches, methods, and technologies. These one-hour monthly seminars aim to provide a space for staff to share ideas and innovations and to help foster a community of learning and teaching professionals. Anyone with an interest in learning and teaching development is welcome to attend. These are usually held on the last Thursday of the month.

Teaching development symposia

We host two half-day symposia per year. Both academic and professional staff from across the University share teaching techniques and technologies they have used successfully. Teaching Forum, held in April, focuses on new teaching techniques whilst Learn Do Share, in September, focuses on blending pedagogy and technology.

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Teaching Assistant Training Programme

The GTA/TA Training Programme runs each semester and is designed to support those who are new to teaching in the Business School. Through a series of workshops, GTAs and TAs are equipped with the knowledge and basic tools needed to teach effectively. Each attendee in the programme is paired with a mentor who will peer observe a teaching session and provide valuable feedback. Attendees are required to submit a teaching reflection at the end of the semester, after which they are awarded the Business School GTA Programme Certificate.

Peer review of teaching

A peer review of teaching is available for academic staff within the School by request. As part of the process, trained peer reviewers are able to provide feedback to the reviewee based on the teaching session observed. The report produced is required for applications for promotion and continuation.

The peer review policy and process document is available within the learning and teaching section of the School's staff intranet:

Academic staff induction programme

ILT hosts a number of seminars and workshops throughout the year aimed at helping and informing new academic staff. In addition, new academic staff are paired with a mentor for their first 12 months of teaching. The programme aims to facilitate relationships between new and existing staff and key teams across the School.

HEA Fellowship

ILT supports academic staff in their applications for Fellowship or Senior Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy. These are internationally recognised across the higher education sector as valid teaching accreditations.

Communities of Interest

There are many excellent examples, and pockets, of innovation and best practice all over the School. The aim of our different CoI's is to provide a specialised forum for staff to come together to share ideas, celebrate achievements, exchange practices and build relationships with colleagues who do the same. Watch out for invites to these regular events and meetings throughout the academic year.


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Regular updates on teaching practice and staff development opportunities are availbale on our blog, Learning Exchange