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Durham University


Development Opportunities

DCAD offers a wide range of development opportunities from face to face to online classes. This year, the courses sit across a range of different systems, a legacy of the multiple teams that have come together to form DCAD. Over time these courses will be brought together in a single system, but this needs to be done carefully, so please bare with us.

This page provides links to all the development opportunities on offer.

Academic Development

This includes a range of courses - most are aimed at staff - but see the individual listings for details of eligibility

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GD820: CLAS 2891 - Katie Byford - Classical Receptions and Contemporary Culture - 15 March 2019 10:00

Course information
Course codeGD820
Course titleCLAS 2891 - Katie Byford - Classical Receptions and Contemporary Culture

Katie is a Durham Alumni poet and film maker, returning to Durham to give a session in the Department of Classics & Ancient History in which she discusses her poetry and its relation to classical influences. Katie will be contributing to the module CLAS 2891 Classical Receptions and Contemporary Culture, which explores the complex interlinking between ancient and modern worlds.

As part of this Katie will be talking about her own early career as a poet since leaving Durham, giving a poetry reading, and offering a Q&A for students interested to learn more about pursing creative arts behond Durham.

Time & Venue: 15th March, 10:00, Fonteyn Ballroom.

Tutor(s)Sarah Miles (contact course provider)
Scheduling Notes

this event to be held in the Fonteyn Ballroom - Dunelm House

Free places51
Booking policyNo booking policy description is available for this course provider.
Course sessions
RoomDateStart timeEnd time
Dunelm House, Dunelm House, Durham15 March 201910:0011:00

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Academic Language & Literacy

One-To-One Consultations

DCAD offers a free one-to-one consultation service to all registered Durham University students, this is the opportunity to discuss a piece of written work or specific difficulty relating to any aspect of your academic English language and literacy performance with an English Language expert from DCAD.

Academic Language & Communications Course

Successful academic study at University level requires mastery of a range of writing, reading and speaking skills. For some students, departmental expectations of how to write may be very different from what they are used to, and it can quite frequently involve learning a new thinking and writing process. DCAD's Academic Language and Communication (ALC) courses are designed to help students make this transition and acquire the academic language and skills they need to succeed in UK higher education.

The ALC programme currently offers more than 40 different courses to help students take their academic skills to the next level. We also work closely with several academic departments to offer collaborative courses, which help students get more from their Durham experience.

Academic Skills Programme

The Academic Skills Programme supports all taught students to develop their academic writing, maths and general study skills.

Digital Skills Development

Durham University recognises the importance of good IT skills for all staff and students and the training team have developed a comprehensive suite of training courses to provide the skills needed to carry out study, work and research activities effectively. We deliver training on core university software packages including Microsoft Office and specialist academic applications for all levels of ability. We also provide support for these applications via the IT Help Desk and hold regular drop-in sessions for some of the most popular courses. We can also tailor the standard courses specifically for staff to meet your departmental needs.

The list below includes a range of courses for staff and students - see the individual listings for details of eligibility

Learning Technologies

DCAD offer a range of courses designed to help staff and students use technology effectively to enhance their learning. These are mostly aimed at staff, but student courses are under development. The 2018 courses will be published shortly.

You may also want to refer to these materials:

There are also a range of free online training programmes offered by Apple and Microsoft:

Apple Teacher
Apple Teacher is a free professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students and earn recognition for the new things you learn.

Microsoft Innovative Educator Badge

Microsoft Educator Community
Log in using your Durham University credentials and you can start accumulating training to become a Microsoft Innovate Educator (MIE). Learn how to use Microsoft tools in the classroom and apply technology in education. Join a professional network of enthusiastic educators who come together to learn, share, and grow.

Quantitative Methods

This includes a range of courses designed to help you manipulate and interpret numerical data. These are aimed at staff and students - see the individual listings for details of eligibility

Other Maths and Stats Resources

Addtional Quantitative Methods can be found at

Researcher Development

This includes a range of courses designed to help you develop your skills as an academic researcher. These are aimed at staff and postgraduate research students - see the individual listings for details of eligibility