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Durham University

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Inspiring excellence in learning and teaching. Using technology imaginatively and with relevance. Nurturing inclusive learning communities. Inspiring life-long learners. We foster education by design.


Study with Us

Each year DCAD prepares hundreds of students for life in their academic departments. If you are an international student, a mature learner returning to education, if you are thinking of changing academic field, or your qualifications do not allow direct entry, we can help.



Current Students

We offer a range of options to help you develop and enhance your academic skills whilst at Durham. We offer support and training in areas such as academic writing, numeracy, time management and the effective use of educational technologies.



For Staff

We are keen to discuss any aspect of your teaching and student learning. We offer a wide range of support - everything from informal chats to full courses leading to Advance HE accreditation (HEA fellowship).