About to start or new to GCU

For all staff about to start or are new to GCU, click on a section below to see the range of support offered.
Orientation to Teaching

We provide a range of support for new teaching staff.

Our online Orientation module provides an overview of, and key information about the University and our approaches to learning, teaching and quality. Access the module here (NB you will need to create a username and password). 

Support Staff

The Post Experience Certificate in Supporting Learning and Student Engagement (PEC SLaSE) is designed for staff who hold a student learning support role but whose major role does not involve teaching and assessment, for example learning technologists, programme administrators, librarians, academic development tutors and others. Successful completion leads to professional recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The programme comprises of one module: Supporting Learning and Student Engagement.

Digital Skills: Training and Development

We are committed to supporting and extending the ability and confidence of our teaching staff to use a variety of digital applications and resources effectively for learning and teaching. Developing digital capabilities underpins all the work of the Academic Development team, and is integrated into all our activities.

To support this, we work in partnership with the IT Training and Development Team and further details of what they have to offer can be found at


The following CPD opportunities are planned to run again during the coming academic year:

Learning and Teaching Fundamentals
Delivery mode: Blended, face to face workshops with additional online activities and resources
Time Commitment: 5 x 2 hour workshops
Target Audience: primarily new teaching staff but also open to more experienced staff

Introduction to Developing your Digital Capability
Delivery Mode: Fully online
Time Commitment: 5 day (30 minutes per day)
Target Audience: Any member of teaching staff wanting to explore their own digital capabilities. The bite sized (maximum of half an hour per day) course will provide staff with:

  • an overview and understanding of digital literacy, skills and capabilities
  • a framework to contextualize personal digital capabilities and confidence
  • an opportunity to identify development needs in terms of developing digital capabilities
  • an opportunity to share, reflect and learn from peers.

An overview of the course can be found here:  http://bit.ly/2y5SQD9

Developing your Digital Learning and Teaching Capability
Delivery Mode: Fully online
Time Commitment: Maximum 30 minutes each day
Target Audience: Following the Introduction course, this courses explores how to develop digital capabilities specifically in relation to digital engagement in learning and teaching

Introduction to Online Tutoring
Title: Introduction to Online Tutoring
Delivery mode: Fully online
Time commitment: 2.5 hours over 5 days (half and hour per day)
Target audience: Any member of teaching staff wanting to develop their online tutoring skills

Find out more about our full range of staff CPD events and how to register here or e-mail our Administration Manager Fiona McBeth fiona.mcbeth@gcu.ac.uk for further details.

Coordinator: Sheila MacNeill, Senior Lecturer, Department of Academic Quality and Development Sheila.macneill@gcu.ac.uk tel: 0141 331 3322

Digital Skills: Introduction to our VLE, GCU Learn

We are responsible for the strategic development and implementation of digital learning technology systems. We ensure that our technology provision is fit for the needs of our learning and teaching community and is a cornerstone in the delivery of a successful student experience. Some overview guidance with getting started with our VLE (virual learning environment) GCULearn is available here.