Continuing Professional Development

The Academic Development Directorate facilitates wide ranging professional development opportunities so that staff can keep up-to-date with their pedagogic practice.

Such Opportunities Include:

Academic Staff Induction

The aim of this interactive event is to introduce new academic staff to the York St John University approaches to teaching, learning, assessment and research. It will also provide opportunities to meet and network with a range of staff from across the University.

Curriculum Enhancement Grants

Curriculum enhancement grants are to support pedagogic innovation, and evaluation of learning, teaching and assessment practices at York St John University. Further information about submitting a proposal can be found on the curriculum projects page.

Recognising Academic Practice: CPD Framework

The CPD framework supports staff to gain recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. For early career academics with less that two years' experience, we offer a Level 7 (postgraduate) qualification to teach in Higher Education. For more experienced staff, we provide opportunities to gain recognition through our mentored CPD routes. 

RIPPLE Breakfast Cafes and PubMethods

RIPPLE is a network of professionals interested in research as a form of critical engagement with our practice, including its subject-content, pedagogical and policy dimensions. The established monthly Breakfast cafes include action-oriented approaches but is not limited to them.  PubMethods is an opportunity to meet monthly to discuss approaches to researching professional practice.


Academic Development host a range of workshops and masterclasses facilitated by leaders in learning, teaching and assessment. Recent external speakers have included Mark Schofield, Ruth Pilkington, Anne Lee and Jacqueline Stevenson. Find out what’s coming up soon.

TEL Workshops

The Technology Enhanced Learning team offer a range of workshops that cover technology for teaching and learning.

Lunchtime Sessions

These 1 hour sessions are all about sharing good practice in teaching and learning.

Peer Observation of Learning and Teaching (POLT)

Find out about our refreshed approach to Peer Observation of Learning and Teaching.

Supporting New Teaching Staff

This section gives an information about recent support and training provided for new teaching staff including the resource 'In at the deep end'.

Talking about Teaching

Talking about Teaching is our annual event that gives staff an opportunity to engage in conversations about learning, teaching and assessment. The event will create interactive opportunities for sharing practice and networking, helping you to discover what is going on across the institution and to pick up new ideas. The theme of this year’s event is York St John University Graduate Attributes.

Writing Retreat

Our fifth annual Writing Retreat was held on in July 2015 facilitated by Victoria Carpenter at Otley Chevin Country Park. This two day session gave staff the space and time away from work to concentrate on their academic writing. We will be facilitating more writing retreats in 2015-16.

Bespoke Staff Development Workshops

The Academic Development Directorate helps programmes, subjects or faculties who have specific academic development needs. This may include addressing specific team needs, eg in relation to developing assessment and feedback processes, providing support to develop e-Marking,  running curriculum review days for revalidation or facilitating dialogue days for staff and students. If you would like advice please contact Mandy Asghar, Director of Academic Development.

One-to-One Support and Advice

Have you got a good idea that you need help with? Do you need some support with thinking through a pedagogic research project? Would you like help with the use of a new technology tool? If so please contact us at

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