Professional development

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

Professional Development Workshops

Who are the workshops for?

The workshops are open to all members of staff and PGRs, free of charge, who are currently involved in teaching and/or the support of learning at the University, and who would like the opportunity to develop greater understanding of their role within the learning environment. The workshops are interactive, focusing on exploring the interrelationship between learning and teaching, and have been developed to link together, but also act as stand-alone sessions.

What do the workshops focus on?

There are around 70 workshops available organised into the following themes:

  • Assessment and feedback
  • Creativity in teaching
  • Educational research and evaluation
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Learning and teaching design
  • Reflective practice
  • Regulation/quality assurance
  • Supporting students
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Values in teaching

When do the workshops run?

The workshops run throughout the academic year, beginning in September 2019 and running through until March 2020.

Workshops generally last for two hours and usually start at 10am or 1pm from Mondays to Fridays. Places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. All workshops are based on the Stag Hill campus.

Examples of workshops available:

  • Mini microteaching
  • Observing and being observed
  • Writing pedagogic research for publication
  • Developing students’ engagement with feedback
  • Professional development in the workplace
  • Student-staff partnerships
  • Introduction to concept mapping
  • Creating educational videos

Further information and booking:

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.

Technology Enhanced Learning Support

The TEL hub replaces the Staff Common Room as the central place for technology enhanced learning support and guidance for staff.

You can also build on this support by: