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Academic Staff Induction: Professional Development

A guide for all new staff who teach

The Academic Skills Centre (ASC)  

ASC is part of the Student Services Directorate and sits within the Skills Hub alongside Careers and EIS.

We will support you in your professional development needs, with a focus on learning and teaching, and help you to support your students' learning.

Academic Skills for Staff

Watch the recording of the Teach at Dundee launch session, where Dr Lorraine Anderson (Head of the Academic Skills Centre) discussed options for your continuing professional development, and Professor Blair Grubb (Vice-Principal Education) gives an overview of Learning and Teaching at the University of Dundee. (Duration 1h12m) 


Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAPHE) 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCAPHE) is run by the Academic Skills Centre.

It is a continuing professional development (CPD) Master's level course in academic practice, which provides professional recognition for those who teach in an HE environment. The key aim is to enable the exploration and enhancement of the knowledge, skills and values required of effective practitioners in higher education. The associate module of the course is mandatory for all probationary lecturers.

PGCAPHE course page

HEA Fellowship  

As a University of Dundee member of staff you can expand on your professional recognition as a University teacher through engagement with the internationally recognised and sector-owned UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

This can be achieved in two ways: by engaging with the University’s credit-rated provision (The Associate Module or the full PG Certificate in Academic Practice in HE course)  or by direct application to Advance HE with support from the Academic Skills Centre.

HEA Fellowship page

Organisational and Professional Development (OPD) 

OPD supports both individuals and departments achieve their development goals through the provision of training and support.

Their extensive programme of workshops and opportunities are available to all members of staff across the University and include researcher development, management skills, IT training and PG supervision.  

OPD homepage