Frequently Asked Questions
There's lots happening in DCAD. With the creation of a new centre, some things you may have used in the past have moved around. We hope these questions and answers will help you understand the changes and what DCAD can do to help you:
Can anyone use DCAD?
Students of all levels will find courses that are useful to them within the Current Students pages.
PhD students, academic staff and teachers at the University will find courses, training and certifications available within the teaching-focussed For Staff pages.These may also be of interest to individuals thinking of working at Durham University.
People considering studying at Durham can learn how DCAD could help them succeed via the Prospective Students pages.
Can I still contact people directly?
If you already work with someone from one of the departments being merged into DCAD, then please keep working with them. Existing relationships should continue and we hope the creation of DCAD will provide further new opportunities for collaboration.
How have staff and students shaped DCAD?
During 2017-18 there have been a series of workshops held with staff and students to determine the shape and function of DCAD.
Subsequently, six working groups were developed from the themes identified in these sessions, giving DCAD members a real voice in areas such as communication, administration, service provision, scholarship, student engagement, relationships with departments and creating learning communities.
We have also employed students to work with us, to help make DCAD a reality.
What areas will DCAD work in?
Based in the new Centre for Teaching & Learning, the lab will foster research and assessment of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. It will provide a campus-wide focal point for the development of digital and distance education and link to the latest research on how people learn. Bridging both will be the development of assessment tools that will serve members of staff in the classroom as well as scholars and researchers.
The Professional Development Team focus on enhancing the pedagogical skill and sophistication of academics, from new members of staff to experienced teachers seeking to enhance their abilities in the classroom. It also helps introduce postgraduate research students to their academic profession and delivers the training required for doctoral students to teach and assess. It brings Durham's pedagogical expertise to external audiences through taught postgraduate degree programmes such as TESOL and provides learning opportunities for our alumni.
Student Academic Development
The Student Academic Development Team serves as a hub, integrating student academic development activities across campus. It directly supports students, from before they arrive at Durham (via Foundation and transition programmes) through the completion of their degrees (academic skills programmes and subject-based skills development). The team also serve departments, providing workshops and support for specific skills and curricula needs.
When does DCAD come into being?
Whilst there has already been a lot of planning and development by the staff that will form DCAD, the centre officially comes into being on the 1st of August 2018.
A short opening party (dress: hard hats and safety boots) is planned at the new Centre for Learning & Teaching, construction activity permitting.
Where can I find DCAD?
When it is complete, the touch-point for DCAD will be the new Centre for Learning & Teaching. Until then, please use any of the locations listed (complete with maps and phone numbers) on the Contact Us page.
We also have a single email address to make it easy to get in touch:
Why have we combined departments to form DCAD?
Durham already had lots of excellent support and enhancement programmes for staff and students. Feedback and a strategic review identified the fragmentation of this provision across multiple departments as a risk - making it hard for anyone wishing to access these to know exactly where to look.
The new centre (DCAD) brings these teams together, providing a streamlined experience for staff and students interested in developing further. It should also make it easier for the experts within DCAD to meet regularly and plan new initatives together.
Will existing services and provision continue to exist?
Although the services and provision previously offered elsewehere have moved into DCAD, there are no plans to stop them. In fact we have plans to increase them.
You might notice some re-branding and gathering of similar services into one place, that's all part of a more joined-up service!