Academic Quality and Enhancement

Contact: Andrea Wilson (01274 233025)
Academic Quality and Enhancement website

Under the direction of Professor Gwendolen Bradshaw, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Quality), the Academic Quality and Enhancement Office exists to help the University, as an institution and within its Faculties, to ensure that it can and does assure and enhance the quality and standards of its taught courses and research degrees, and the quality of the student experience.

The Academic Quality and Enhancement Business Partners advises and supports colleagues in Faculties on programme approval, monitoring and review. It also guides and coordinates the work of Programme Approval and Review Teams, as well as helping to ensure the appropriate and equitable treatment of students by Boards of Examiners. In addition, the team manages and co-ordinates activity associated with QAA audits and reviews, which in some form or other occur continually.

To support the University and its staff, the AQEO and other colleagues provide training and briefing sessions on various quality-related topics including:

  • The conduct of meetings of Boards of Examiners (including taught course regulations);
  • Annual Monitoring and Review;
  • The role of Programme Approval and Review Panel members.

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Centre for Educational Development

Contact name: The CED team
Centre for Educational Development website

We work in partnership with academic faculties/schools, programme teams, individual academic staff and learning support professionals to:

  • Design, develop and align their academic programmes with the Curriculum framework.
  • Engage in initial / continuing professional development to enhance skills and teaching approaches.
  • Achieve professional recognition against the UK Professional Standards Framework and/or institutional/national teaching awards.
  • Enable the effective use of technology enhanced learning to support active, collaborative and reflective learning.
  • Develop pedagogic research and scholarship relating to Higher Education policy and practice.
  • Evaluate practice and make a sustained positive contribution to improving the results of Bradford / National Student Surveys and other quality assurance measures.
  • Raise the profile and reputation of learning, teaching and assessment at the University of Bradford both locally and nationally, and share success at our annual Learning, Teaching and Research Conference.

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Information Technology

Contacts: Cath Rose (ext 3320).
Enquiries: Please submit any general enquiries via HR ServiceNow.
Information Technology training

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Windows, web browsing and Office 365 email and calendar.

We offer IT advice, support and training through:

  • Self-paced learning materials: in-house and commercially-produced learning materials.
  • Online learning: via Microsoft Online Learning.
  • IT support drop-in sessions: work through materials at your own pace, or seek advice on a specific problem in room F29, Richmond Building each Wednesday, 12:00 - 14:00.
  • Bespoke training sessions, eg Long Documents in Word. Complete and submit the appropriate online request via HR ServiceNow, giving plenty of advance notice.

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Health, Safety and Wellbeing Services

Contact names: Steve Wiggins, Lisa Fowlie
Contact numbers: 01274 236057
Health and Safety website

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Services provide specialist advice on health and safety strategy and policy. Main areas of activity to support implementation of policy include:

  • Provision of specialised training courses on key topics.
  • Raising awareness of health and safety at all levels.
  • Supporting staff during their developmental learning.
  • Continual improvement of the health and safety culture.

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Research and Knowledge Transfer Support

Contact names: Deborah Hodgson
Contact number:
(01274) 233196
Research Support Unit website

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People and Organisational Development

Contact names: Rebecca Farley or Berni Jefferis
Contact number: (01274) 233102
Enquiries: Please submit any general enquiries for the POD team via HR ServiceNow
People and Organisational Development website

People and Organisational Development (POD) organise a core programme of staff training events for personal and professional development, which are designed to support staff in the achievement of the University' strategic objectives. Most of our events are developed and / or maintained by the POD team, and include contributions from our Learning & Development Business Partners (Gill Moss and Matt Radcliffe) and a variety of experts from around the University. A small number of courses are commissioned from external training companies.

Our L & D Business Partners also provide an internal consultancy and advice service to areas within the University's Faculties and Directorates, to assist managers in their responsibility for developing staff. This service may include provision of bespoke training sessions for Faculties / Departments and facilitation of departmental Awaydays. However the team diaries tend to get filled fairly quickly during the year, so managers who wish to organise any bespoke training for their team(s) are advised to complete and submit the appropriate online request via HR ServiceNow, giving plenty of advance notice.

Key initiatives we are currently involved with include: Leadership and Management Development (including Bradford:Leader), Performance Development Review and Organisational Development.

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Development Programme

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Developing people in the workplace

"The course itself covered every aspect I can think of. It was clearly structured and made good use of media."

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Getting the Best from My Performance Review