Continuing professional development
A personal development plan outlines your career aspirations over a short, medium or longer term and actions to take to meet your goals.
Development activity might take a number of forms including:
reflecting on changes in your practice
discussion with collegues
attending formal courses or conferences
Regular review and revision of a plan and actions help to keep it realistic as your goals and work responsibilities change. Keeping records of your developmental activity, and its consequences, might be valuable in professional recognition processes.
Professional Development provide guidance on preparing a continuing professional development plan.
Support for development
There are a number of sources of support in considering your students and their learning, including accredited courses, informal workshops and on-line resources.
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE):
The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) is a professional qualification for new lecturers/university teachers at the University of Nottingham. The PGCHE focuses on the teaching role of the academic in Higher Education, with reference to the diverse ways in which students learn.
MA in higher education:
The School of Education runs a masters-level programme in higher education that articulates with the PGCHE course. University staff have enrolled on the masters, or engaged with selected modules as part of the PGCHE requirement. The course builds on the professional competence and expertise of participants who will have a broad range of responsibilities for learning and teaching.
Support for part-time teachers:
A number of staff contribute to teaching, or supporting teaching, as part of another role, for example as a practitioner health lecturer or a research fellow. Accredited courses, conferences and informal events are provided by Professional Development to support these staff, and postgraduates, in their teaching role.
Central short courses:
A programme of short sessions covering a range of current teaching issues is available to all those who are involved in teaching at the University. They are intended to be of use both to new staff and those with more experience.