Professional development

The aim of the Department of Higher Education is to support and promote excellence in learning and teaching at the University.


Our interactive learning and teaching workshops provide overviews of key areas based on exploring the interrelationship between learning and teaching. They are designed to complement the programmes offered by the Department of Higher Education, which lead to qualifications in Learning and Teaching.

The workshops link together and can be taken in any combination or can standalone. They provide ideas for consideration, provoke discussion around personal practice and experience, and give you opportunities to develop new approaches based on previously effective strategies.

  • Places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • All workshops take place here at the University.
  • For more information on our workshops, please contact Kieran Balloo 
  • For more details and a full list of all our workshops and dates please see our SurreyNet page.


Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC) brings together colleagues from different disciplines, institutions and countries to discuss current topics in learning and teaching and share best practice.

TLC webinars happen monthly:

  • They take place on the last Tuesday of each month between 12 and 1pm.
  • Please access the webinar room approximately 30 minutes in advance of the scheduled start time to test the technology. 
  • A headset is required to participate fully in the webinar.
  • Participants will be able to take an active role in the webinars by using audio, video, text and the whiteboard feature creatively.

Details of the programme, including links to recordings of past webinars and details of future webinars are available online. Please feel free to share the link to the TLC programme and individual webinars with others who might also be interested.

Accessing the webinars

  • Go to the TLC webinar room.
  • To login, enter as a guest and add your name.
  • When you have entered the webinar room, start the Audio setup wizard under 'Meeting' at the top left to check your headset.

For more information on Teaching and Learning Conversations, contact Dr Simon Lygo-Baker.

Quick-start guides

Review and develop your teaching practice with our quick-start guides. 

The guides address key issues of concern to students and provide impulses for reviewing and developing your teaching practice. Topics include:

  • Alignment of what we teach and assess
  • Clear success criteria
  • Helpful feedback
  • Using SurreyLearn

Download the full list of quick-start guides below.

Following on from the guides, you can build on your understanding by: