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Development Programmes

Structured development programmes to support HE professionals at every stage of their career.

Professional development at Advance HE is dedicated to developing those at specific stages of their career. We have mapped our programmes to the seven stages of the Development Pathway that follows a career in HE. Each opportunity has been designed to promote sharing experiences and best practice, develop peer support networks and provide a global perspective.


Browse our calendar of programmes, events and conferences.


My colleagues are finding participation in the Academic Leadership Programme (ALP) hugely valuable, one participant has just volunteered to take on the role of Interim Programme Leader for a complex professional programme, and I’m certain that they would not have done this if they had not been participating in the ALP.”

Dr Fiona Smart, PFHEA Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Edinburgh Napier University

Programmes by the Advance HE Development Pathway

New to HE

Programmes for those looking to develop knowledge, skills and contextual understanding, particularly aimed at staff tasked with delivery of teaching and learning or those with leadership responsibility who are new to the sector.

Grow Your Skills

Designed for those at an early point in their careers, or new to their role, looking to build knowledge, skill and understanding.

New to Teaching in Higher Education

New to Teaching is aimed specifically at those who are new to teaching in higher education.
Next cohort starts 11 May 2022.

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Virtual Teaching in Higher Education

Virtual Teaching is aimed at teachers who are new to delivering courses for online delivery.
Next cohort starts 1 June 2022.

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Principal Fellow Writing Retreats

Writing Retreats are designed for anyone looking to attain Principal Fellowship.
Next retreat is 11 May 2022.

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Surveys and Insights Symposium

For HE professionals looking to improve the student experience through surveys.
Starts 28 April 2022.

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New to Leading

For those who are new to leadership within HE, whether in academia or professional services.

Excellence in Practice

For those with some experience of leadership and designated areas of responsibility, looking to further develop skills, knowledge and understanding.

Preparing for Senior Leadership

Development opportunities for those new to leading a professional service or academic team or function such as Heads of Department, Associate Deans, Assistant Directors or Heads of Services, or those looking to step into these roles.

Senior and Strategic Leadership

Development opportunities for those in leadership positions reporting to an executive level in either academic or professional services roles such as Deans, Pro Vice-Chancellors or Directors.

Executive Leadership

Enhance your leadership capacity and consolidate your understanding of the dynamic HE landscape.

Not sure what's right for you?

Find out more about the Advance HE Development Pathway and how it can help you with progression in your career in HE.
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