Academic Development Framework

The department supports the professional learning and development for innovative learning and teaching, for all staff who teach at GCU. Our workshops, courses, networks and online learning resources aim to help you to confidently perform your role in learning teaching and student support. We offer development activities for: teaching skills development, professional learning, digital learning and teaching, curriculum design, assessment design and professional recognition.

Our work centres around the university's Academic Development Framework (ADF) and is detailed in the 3 key areas below;

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 Student Engagement (PEC SE) 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: Student Engagement.

PgCAP for New Teaching staff

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) is a 60M credit bearing part-time programme designed for GCU staff new to teaching and supporting student learningSuccessful completion of the PgCAP will lead to eligibility for professional recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

The programme runs over a 2 year period and is made up of four modules. One module is delivered per trimester as below. 

 Year 1 - Trimester A: Professional Learning in Academic Practice 

 Year 1 - Trimester B: Student Engagement 

 Year 2 - Trimester A: Curriculum Design and Development 

 Year 2 - Trimester B: Scholarship in Academic Practice

In each of the modules there are four learning units comprising a range of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Each synchronous tutorial is one hour in duration and staff are encouraged to attend these wherever possible. Asynchronous activities support the tutorials and are designed to provide a blended learning experience for participants. 

The programme has one intake per year with the next intake of the PgCAP in September 2021. 

To register your interest in applying for a place on the PgCAP, or to find out additional information about the programme, including the application process, contact the following staff: 

Dr Fiona Kennedy (PgCAP Programme Leader) 

Frieda Callaghan (PgCAP Programme Coordinator)

HEA Professional Recognition

GCU offers ‘Accelerate’, an AdvanceHE accredited pathway to professional recognition as a Fellow or Senior Fellow, that recognises and works with your prior teaching experience. The Academic Development team will support you to develop a professional recognition portfolio for Fellow or Senior Fellow categories through: an orientation workshop, peer-support, online resources, tutorial support, writing retreat space, and formative feedback. Overall, participants should expect the Accelerate route will help them take a flexible approach to their learning,and will support them to write their portfolio around their existing work commitments.

Further information on upcoming orientation workshops can be found here (look for the green Accelerate options).