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Durham University

DCAD

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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16 courses found

The time given for a course is the time of the first session. Some courses have more than one session, and you will generally be required to attend all sessions. Please check this on the course details page before booking on the course.

Course providerCourse codeCourse nameCourse timeDetails
Academic Development (DCAD)SD341Digital Learning Workshop29 April 2019 08:45Details for SD341 on 29 Apr 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD329PRP: Applying for Fellowship of the HEA (Part 2 - Reviewing your Draft Application Workshop)1 May 2019 12:00Details for SD329 on 1 May 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD187Preparing to Supervise SSH (Part 2)1 May 2019 12:00Details for SD187 on 1 May 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD335Scholarship Forum - Scholarship Projects: I did a questionnaire/survey...14 May 2019 13:00Details for SD335 on 14 May 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD286Disability Awareness in Learning and Teaching15 May 2019 14:30Details for SD286 on 15 May 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD311Enhancing feedback to students22 May 2019 13:00Details for SD311 on 22 May 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD278 PRP: Applying for Fellowship of the HEA (Part 1 - Introductory Workshop)23 May 2019 10:00Details for SD278 on 23 May 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD336Scholarship Forum - Writing and Publishing a Study and Employability Skills Book for Students23 May 2019 13:00Details for SD336 on 23 May 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD251Student complaint policies and processes29 May 2019 12:30Details for SD251 on 29 May 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD248Student discipline regulations policy & processes5 June 2019 12:00Details for SD248 on 5 Jun 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD312Developing and Evaluating Teaching and Learning12 June 2019 13:00Details for SD312 on 12 Jun 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD290Applying for Associate/Standard/Senior Fellowship of the HEA (Writing Retreat)13 June 2019 09:00Details for SD290 on 13 Jun 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD337Scholarship Forum - How to Design and Deploy Surveys 13 June 2019 13:00Details for SD337 on 13 Jun 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD250Student academic appeals and related policy & processes19 June 2019 12:00Details for SD250 on 19 Jun 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD338Scholarship Forum - How to Analyse Surveys, and a 'Survey Clinic'20 June 2019 13:00Details for SD338 on 20 Jun 19
Academic Development (DCAD)SD278 PRP: Applying for Fellowship of the HEA (Part 1 - Introductory Workshop)10 July 2019 12:00Details for SD278 on 10 Jul 19

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

19 courses found

The time given for a course is the time of the first session. Some courses have more than one session, and you will generally be required to attend all sessions. Please check this on the course details page before booking on the course.

Course providerCourse codeCourse nameCourse timeDetails
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS80Introduction to Nvivo (Staff and Postgraduate Researchers)30 April 2019 09:30Details for DS80 on 30 Apr 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS220First Steps with Excel 2016 (UG/PGT)1 May 2019 13:30Details for DS220 on 1 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS219First Steps with Excel 2016 (Staff/PGR)2 May 2019 09:30Details for DS219 on 2 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS68Long Documents in Word3 May 2019 09:30Details for DS68 on 3 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS79Introduction to LaTeX (Staff and Postgraduate Researchers)7 May 2019 09:30Details for DS79 on 7 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS222Moving on with Excel 2016 (UG/PGT)8 May 2019 13:30Details for DS222 on 8 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS221Moving on with Excel 2016 (Staff/PGR)9 May 2019 09:30Details for DS221 on 9 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS16Endnote: an introduction (Staff and Postgraduate Researchers)10 May 2019 09:30Details for DS16 on 10 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS225First Steps with Access 2016 (Staff/PGR)16 May 2019 09:30Details for DS225 on 16 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS237Advanced Pivot Tables in Excel 2016 (Staff/PGR)21 May 2019 09:30Details for DS237 on 21 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS223Advanced Excel 2016 (Staff/PGR)24 May 2019 09:30Details for DS223 on 24 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS227Moving on with Access 2016 (Staff/PGR)29 May 2019 13:30Details for DS227 on 29 May 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS220First Steps with Excel 2016 (UG/PGT)10 June 2019 09:30Details for DS220 on 10 Jun 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS222Moving on with Excel 2016 (UG/PGT)11 June 2019 09:30Details for DS222 on 11 Jun 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS226First Steps with Access 2016 (UG/PGT)12 June 2019 09:30Details for DS226 on 12 Jun 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS97Introduction to LaTeX (Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates)17 June 2019 09:30Details for DS97 on 17 Jun 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS228Moving on with Access 2016 (UG/PGT)18 June 2019 09:30Details for DS228 on 18 Jun 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS67Using Word 2016 to Prepare Your Dissertation (Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate)19 June 2019 13:30Details for DS67 on 19 Jun 19
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS224Advanced Excel 2016 (UG/PGT)20 June 2019 09:30Details for DS224 on 20 Jun 19

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

3 courses found

The time given for a course is the time of the first session. Some courses have more than one session, and you will generally be required to attend all sessions. Please check this on the course details page before booking on the course.

Course providerCourse codeCourse nameCourse timeDetails
Quantitative Methods (DCAD)QM5Preparing Data for use in SPSS with Excel 2016 (Staff and Postgraduate Researchers)13 May 2019 09:30Details for QM5 on 13 May 19
Quantitative Methods (DCAD)QM3Introduction to SPSS (Staff and Postgraduate Researchers)20 May 2019 09:30Details for QM3 on 20 May 19
Quantitative Methods (DCAD)QM4Moving on with SPSS (Staff and Postgraduate Researchers)3 June 2019 09:30Details for QM4 on 3 Jun 19

Other Maths and Stats Resources

Addtional Quantitative Methods can be found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/academic.skills/themes/mathsandstats/resources/

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

8 courses found

The time given for a course is the time of the first session. Some courses have more than one session, and you will generally be required to attend all sessions. Please check this on the course details page before booking on the course.

Course providerCourse codeCourse nameCourse timeDetails
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD532Networking and making the most of conferences30 April 2019 13:30Details for GD532 on 30 Apr 19
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD402Publish or perish: an introduction to publishing and reviewing journal articles7 May 2019 14:00Details for GD402 on 7 May 19
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD822Exploring your Career Possibilities using Lego Serious Play9 May 2019 14:00Details for GD822 on 9 May 19
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD825Third 2019 Postgraduate Forum on Participatory Research Methods 10 May 2019 13:00Details for GD825 on 10 May 19
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD747Karen Kelsky (The Professor Is In) - Hacking the Academic Job Market 13 May 2019 13:30Details for GD747 on 13 May 19
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD749Karen Kelsky (The Professor Is In) - Preparing for a Non-Academic Career13 May 2019 15:30Details for GD749 on 13 May 19
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD124Speed Reading14 May 2019 13:30Details for GD124 on 14 May 19
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD715Copyright 15 May 2019 10:00Details for GD715 on 15 May 19