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Professional development events

The University of Suffolk offers a range of professional development opportunities to support staff involved in teaching and supporting learning. The schedule for the 2018-19 academic year is as follows:


Pedagogic Focussed CPD Events

The following events are scheduled for the 2018-19 academic year. Please follow the link to book.

22 October 2018 10.00-11.30 - Supervision and students’ dissertations looking at areas of expertise in supervision/good practice; preparation for the dissertation (and building links from Research Method modules; reasonable support in supervision practices

13 November 2018 14.00-15.00 - Creating an HE culture and sense of belonging for students including setting and maintaining reasonable levels of expectation; helping students to understand the HE context; examples of good practice in building belonging

5 December 2018 11.00-12.30 - Authentic learning and work placements - how do we help learners prepare for placements? What other work-related activities might we offer and enable?

10 January 2019 15.00-16.30 - Quality in feedback to students - including as linked to personal tutorials and in being a personal tutor; on timeliness and feed forward in feedback practices.

11 February 2019 9.00-11.00 - Creating cohesion across a course for your students - especially designed for course leaders. Themes to be explored would include on: avoiding repeat of curriculum content; variety and progression in assessments; consistency in approach especially among in module teams on assessments/feedback; diversity in approaches for motivating; creating an assessment strategy across a course

26 March 2019 13.30-15.00 - Group work good practices including rationales for groupwork and collaborative learning.

10 April 2019 10.00-11.00 - Designing good lectures exploring eg length/interactivity; challenge and student engagement; being a creative and engaging lecturer; in planning and design; linking to practice.

16 May 2019 13.00-15.00 Inclusivity and diversity focusing on these themes in terms of the classroom and our teaching practices

18 June 2019 9.30-10.30 Supporting part time learners; supporting mature learners being aware and in valuing the differing student constituencies  

Course Team Briefings

We are scheduling a series of lunchtime briefings exploring key aspects of University activity, aimed primarily at those involved in course delivery and support. These sessions should be ideal for those who have joined the University relatively recently, but will be useful as a reminder for those who have been with us for a longer period.

All sessions are scheduled for half-hour delivery from 13.15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays as set out below. Sessions will take place in the Waterfront Boardroom, unless otherwise indicated. We ask that you book on those sessions that you would like to come to, so we can have an indication of numbers and to allow us to communicate any late changes. Please book by emailing Rik Bond ( However, should you find that you are free on the day, please feel free to join us.

Fitness to Study Procedures
Dates: 8 and 10 January 2019
Delivered by: Andrew Souques
RiME Processes
Dates: 15 and 17 January 2019
Delivered by: Andrew Revitt
Are they cheating? Interpreting Turnitin results
Dates: 22 and 24 January 2019
Delivered by: Mark Lyne
Please note 22 January will be in W415
Extenuating Circumstances
Dates: 29 and 31 January 2019
Delivered by: Laura Pennie
Course Validation and Re-approval
Dates: 5 and 7 February 2019
Delivered by: Andrew Revitt
Managing Examination Processes
Dates: 12 and 14 February 2019
Delivered by: Paul Beaven and Emma Taylor
Complaints and Appeals
Dates: 26 and 28 February 2019
Delivered by: Andrew Souques

We would be interested in hearing from you on any other subjects you would like us to cover in future sessions.  Please contact Andrew Revitt ( with any suggestions.

Annual Learning and Teaching Days

We hold regular Learning and Teaching Days focused on priorities linked to the University's Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy. 

Learning and Teaching events in the 2018/19 academic year will take place on:

  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 - Assessment and Quality in Feedback
  • Wednesday 22 May 2019

More details will follow

Post-event resources are provided below.
12 December 2018

The Suffolk Experience and Progression Strategy
Wednesday 13 December 2017

Extending our uses of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
Wednesday 14 December 2016

SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Guerilla Gigs 2018-19

Open events on Learning and Teaching in HE

All Guerilla Gigs run from 1-2pm and are free to attend. No need to book, just turn up!

Gig Date Room
24 October 2018 W418
28 November 2018 W418
19 December 2018 W418
23 January 2019 W418
27 February 2019 W417
27 March 2019 W416
24 April 2019 W417
26 June 2019 W417


The PASSPoRT Professional Accreditation Scheme

The University's PASSPoRT scheme consists of two main pathways (a qualificatory pathway and a CPD pathway) with related opportunities for developing and accrediting staff who teach and/or support students’ learning. The scheme is  accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and is explicitly aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF), thereby offering you the opportunity to gain an HEA Fellowship against one of 3 descriptors of the UK PSF. Further information on the scheme can be found on our PASSPoRT webpage or from Christine Smith (

For PASSPoRT reviewers and panel members

  • PASSPoRT development event 
    Tuesday 20 November 2018, 9.30 - 12.30, Room W129

         A place can be booked via: 

PASSPoRT workshop sessions

  • Monday 10 September 2018, Room W418

          Associate Fellow Writing Event (D1) 9.00-10.00

          Fellow Writing Event (D2), 10.00 - 11.00

         Senior Fellow Writing Event (D3) 11.00am - 12.30


  • Thursday 24 January 2019, Room W418

          Associate Fellow Writing Event (D1) 13.00-14.00

          Fellow Writing Event (D2), 14.00 - 15.00

          Senior Fellow Writing Event (D3) 15.00 - 16.30


  • Tuesday 23 April 2019, Room W418

          Associate Fellow Writing Event (D1) 9.30-10.30

          Fellow Writing Event (D2), 10.30 - 11.30

          Senior Fellow Writing Event (D3) 11.30 - 13.00

Applicants can book to attend any of the writing events by clicking on the appropriate link: