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Academic Development Directorate

Professional Development in Higher Education Programme

The aim of the programme is to provide lecturers with the knowledge, skills and training to help them be more effective and creative in their pedagogical delivery and academic support of learners. Reflective practise is at the programme's core and integrated within the programme is the UK Professional Standards Framework. The programme has recently received Higher Education Academy (HEA) accreditation.

Programme Aims:

  • To introduce participants to theory, methodology and resources that will help them to plan, present, manage and evaluate students' learning and their own teaching.
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to practice teaching skills in a supportive learning environment.
  • To introduce newly appointed lecturers and teaching fellows to SOAS procedures, policies and practices related to learning and teaching.
  • To support new members of teaching staff to develop discipline specific learning and teaching support skills

Please note that you must have completed either PDHEP Core Units Module 1 or GTA Module 1 in order to attend these. 

To register for any of these modules, please download and complete an application form.

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Forthcoming Events

PDHEP Core Units [1.1, 1.2, 1.3] 2nd to 4th September 2015

The PDHEP Core Units are aimed at everybody who would like to learn about classroom management, assessment and teaching techniques. All Graduate Teaching Assistants are contractually required to attend this 3-day course.

2 September 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, G51 and G51a, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

PDHEP Core Units [1.1, 1.2, 1.3] 8th to 10th September 2015

The PDHEP Core Units are aimed at everybody who would like to learn about classroom management, assessment and teaching techniques. All Graduate Teaching Assistants are contractually required to attend this 3-day course.

8 September 2015, Vernon Square, V325 and V326, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Reflection on Teaching Practice [PDHEP Unit 1.4]

This unit is part of the 'Professional Development in Higher Education Programme'. 

30 October 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

PDHEP Core Units [1.1, 1.2, 1.3] 2nd to 4th Nov 2015

The PDHEP Core Units are aimed at everybody who would like to learn about classroom management, assessment and teaching techniques. All Graduate Teaching Assistants are contractually required to attend this 3-day course.

2 November 2015, 21/22 Russell Square, T101 T102, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Reflection on Teaching Practice [PDHEP Unit 1.4]

This unit is part of the 'Professional Development in Higher Education Programme'. 

10 November 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Diversity, Disability and Difference [PDHEP Units 1.6 & 2.6]

This session offers some practical case-study-based examples of where the 2010 Equality Act may have an influence on teaching practice and staff-student interactions.

13 November 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Learning Outcomes and Teaching Aims [PDHEP: Unit 2.1]

Mehmet Izbudak

The aim of the workshop is to allow candidates to identify the main elements of a well defined learning outcome, and to write their own. The workshop will examine the use of learning outcomes in designing assessment methods and evaluate effectiveness of teaching.

19 November 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Seminar and Small Group Teaching and Management Skills [PDHEP Unit 2.2]

Mehmet Izbudak

The aim of this workshop (PDHEP Unit 2.2) is to introduce candidates to the general dynamics of small group teaching sessions.

25 November 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Teaching Students with Learning Differences [PDHEP Units 1.5 & 2.5]

Carol John

This part of the PDHEP Series aims to shift assumptions about disability in relation to teaching and learning by developing expertise in identifying and responding to the needs of students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs).

27 November 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Effective Assessment and Feedback [PDHEP Unit 2.7]

This workshop will look at the different functions of assessment and feedback, not only as a mechanism for appraisal, but also as a tool to encourage learning.

1 December 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Effective Lecturing Skills [PDHEP Unit 2.3]

This workshop is hands-on and interactive, offering tips on how to give an effective lecture. It is designed to help candidates make the best use of their voice and body language so that lectures are delivered in a way that captures and holds the student's interest.

6 January 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Planning a Teaching Session [PDHEP 2.4]

This Unit of the PDHEP series will examine the factors that influence the planning of a teaching session (e.g. learning outcomes, skills acquisition, teaching and learning activities, technology and timing)

19 January 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Rethinking Assessment [PDHEP Unit 2.8]

This workshop unit will evaluate new and newer assessment approaches, with specific reference to the appropriateness of the methods in assessing stated learning outcomes.

27 January 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Reading Lists as a Teaching Tool [PDHEP Unit 2.12]

3 February 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM