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OSDS Interim programme for academic staff

While pandemic-related restrictions apply we will not be deliverig any face-to-face development activities, but there is still a range of professional development opportunities available to support academic staff.

The aim is to provide a community of support, some sense of normality, continuity of learning and time and space to focus on those areas of research and career development which can be continued whilst working from home.

Online learning programmes

Leadership development for principal investigators (PIs)

Kintish Networking courses

Online workshops

For online workshops visit the Academic Staff Development Programme (ASDP) and the ASDP Teaching modules.

Please note that many events offered under the ‘Interim programme for Professional Staff’ are actually open to ALL University staff, and may be of interest and benefit to you.

All events offered by OSDS can be booked via the University’s online course booking system PDMS (Personal Development Management System). Select ‘Search all’ and then filter by audience or programme.

Weekly online writing retreats

Do you need to allocate time and space for focussing on the work you can continue from home?  Why not try joining one of our weekly, remote writing retreats? The first Remote Writing Retreat took place via Teams on 19 March with much success, and the feedback was please run more! The aim of the writing retreats is to provide participants with a virtual, face-to-face community, structure and allotted time to focus on the projects they can continue to progress from home over the next few months.

Remote Writing Retreats will run online periodically throughout the year.

View all the dates and book as you normally would via PDMS – check regularly to see new dates as they are added.

Mentoring and coaching

A number of mentoring and coaching opportunities are on offer. This is one valuable approach to professional development that can work very effectively through the technology platforms available to us, such as Skype or Teams. If you are not already well-versed in using this technology, there is an adjustment to make, but very soon, holding conversations in this way begins to feel more natural and it works very well in particular for one-to-one conversations.

Mentoring and coaching can continue relatively unaffected by home-working, and can bring real benefits to staff in maintaining focus, not only on managing the current circumstances, but also on medium and long term career plans.

Community and communications

Keep in touch with your Academic Staff Developer, Rikard Jalkebro.

Join the TELStA Hive on Microsoft Teams for useful help, support and tips and tricks for online teaching and Technology Enhanced Teaching.

Bookmark the OSDS homepage and the OSDS interim Programme for Academic Staff.

Look out for e-newsletters Aspire (academic staff) or Developing News (contract research & teaching staff) or, visit Staff Memos.



Dr Rikard Jalkebro
Academic Staff Developer

Tel: (01334) 467179

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