Continuing Professional Development

Suitable for: All staff at the University who teach and support learning.

HEFi Showcase Series
The HEFi Showcase Series is our programme of continuing professional development events led by your peers who want to share their evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning, as well as external speakers with national profiles in innovative areas of educational development. The HEFi Showcase Series is open to all staff within the University.


If you are interested in running an event with HEFi or you have any questions about our programme, please get in touch with the CPD Events lead, Jamie Morris, on   

Find out more and register here (internal page).

HEFi Reading Group
The HEFi Reading Group meets regularly to discuss texts relating to a wide range of topics on academic practice. Readings range from core texts of teaching and learning practice to philosophy of education. The Reading Group is a break from our routine where we can explore these topics and argue, agree or disagree, but ultimately think about our work in a scholarly and evidence-based way.  The Reading Group is intended for anyone, and can also support those involved in professional development, such as the PGCert, IAPDr and Beacon programmes offered by our team.
If you are interested in finding out more about the HEFi Reading Group, please contact Danielle Hinton on

Find out more and register here (internal page).

HEFi Writing Group
The Writing Group is a regular opportunity to focus on writing away from distractions, in the company of others. We write for a set amount of time and have breaks for lunch and tea/coffee. We welcome colleagues from across the University, regardless of type and nature of their role. The group welcomes in particular colleagues writing on topics related to higher education. This can include, but is not limited to, writing for publication, writing up Beacon applications, EEF project applications/reports and PGCert assignments.

HEFi Research Group
The Research Group is open to anyone (regardless of type and nature of their role) interested in researching and evaluating aspects of their academic practice and/or conducting research into any topics related to higher education. We meet regularly to offer and receive support relating to the design, implementation and writing of such studies.

Find out more here (internal page). 

HEFi Festival 1st-5th July

The HEFi Festival provides a range of CPD opportunities to support and enhance your teaching practice. If you are thinking about applying for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy via the University’s Beacon scheme, or want to develop your teaching practice, then come along and we can all learn together about teaching.

The festival will run for a whole week and will be based at the Old Gym building (Y1 on the campus map). The week will feature CPD workshops delivered by staff from the Higher Education Futures Institute and beyond in areas such as reflective writing, technology enhanced learning, quality assurance mythbusting and the University’s new assessment

To find out more information, please read the full programme for details of each session.

To book onto any of the sessions please email and specify which session(s) you would like to book onto.