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Durham University

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Development Opportunities


We offer a wide range of development opportunities from face-to-face to online classes. 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.

10 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)SD278 PRP: Applying for Fellowship of the HEA (Part 1 - Introductory Workshop)12 March 2020 09:30Details for SD278 on 12 Mar 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD186Preparing to Supervise - Arts and Humanities (Part 2)28 April 2020 12:00Details for SD186 on 28 Apr 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD264Effective MA supervision29 April 2020 14:00Details for SD264 on 29 Apr 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD312Developing and Evaluating Teaching and Learning5 May 2020 13:00Details for SD312 on 5 May 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD187Preparing to Supervise SSH (Part 2)6 May 2020 12:00Details for SD187 on 6 May 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD185Preparing to Supervise Science (Part 2)13 May 2020 12:00Details for SD185 on 13 May 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD278 PRP: Applying for Fellowship of the HEA (Part 1 - Introductory Workshop)18 May 2020 10:00Details for SD278 on 18 May 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD365SOTL Forum Event - Foundation Skills: Epistemology and Metacognition development for learners in HE20 May 2020 13:00Details for SD365 on 20 May 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD329PRP: Applying for Fellowship of the HEA (Part 2 - Reviewing your Draft Application Workshop)5 June 2020 10:00Details for SD329 on 5 Jun 20
Academic Development (DCAD)SD366SOTL Forum Event - Universities of Sanctuary; Practice-based Research in Museums9 June 2020 13:00Details for SD366 on 9 Jun 20

Academic Development for Students

Academic Development for Students support all taught students to develop their academic writing, maths and general study skills.

One-To-One Consultations

We offer a free one-to-one consultation service to all registered 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 our department.


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. Our 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.


Digital Skills Development

We recognise 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.

42 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)DS237Advanced Pivot Tables in Excel 2016 (Staff/PGR)2 March 2020 09:30Details for DS237 on 2 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS97Introduction to LaTeX (UG/PGT)3 March 2020 09:30Details for DS97 on 3 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session4 March 2020 09:00Details for DS262 on 4 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session4 March 2020 09:45Details for DS262 on 4 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session4 March 2020 10:45Details for DS262 on 4 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session4 March 2020 11:30Details for DS262 on 4 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS225First Steps with Access 2016 (Staff/PGR)4 March 2020 13:30Details for DS225 on 4 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS223Advanced Excel 2016 (Staff/PGR)5 March 2020 09:30Details for DS223 on 5 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS80Introduction to Nvivo (PGR/Staff)9 March 2020 09:30Details for DS80 on 9 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS254Moving on with Excel for Business Students (UG/PGT)10 March 2020 09:30Details for DS254 on 10 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS68Long Documents in Word11 March 2020 13:30Details for DS68 on 11 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS238Data Dashboards using Excel 2016 (Staff/PGR)12 March 2020 09:30Details for DS238 on 12 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS259Advanced Pivot Tables (Online Version)13 March 2020 09:30Details for DS259 on 13 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS258Advanced Excel 2016 (Online Version)16 March 2020 09:30Details for DS258 on 16 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session18 March 2020 09:00Details for DS262 on 18 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session18 March 2020 09:45Details for DS262 on 18 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session18 March 2020 10:45Details for DS262 on 18 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session18 March 2020 11:30Details for DS262 on 18 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS255Advanced Excel 2016 for Business Students (UG/PGT)18 March 2020 13:30Details for DS255 on 18 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS163ArcGIS: an introduction (PGR/Staff)19 March 2020 09:30Details for DS163 on 19 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS260Data Dashboards in Excel (Online Version)19 March 2020 09:30Details for DS260 on 19 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS227Moving on with Access 2016 (Staff/PGR)31 March 2020 09:30Details for DS227 on 31 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session31 March 2020 13:30Details for DS262 on 31 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session31 March 2020 14:15Details for DS262 on 31 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session31 March 2020 15:15Details for DS262 on 31 Mar 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session15 April 2020 09:00Details for DS262 on 15 Apr 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session15 April 2020 09:45Details for DS262 on 15 Apr 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session15 April 2020 10:45Details for DS262 on 15 Apr 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session15 April 2020 11:30Details for DS262 on 15 Apr 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session7 May 2020 13:30Details for DS262 on 7 May 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session7 May 2020 14:15Details for DS262 on 7 May 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session7 May 2020 15:15Details for DS262 on 7 May 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session20 May 2020 09:00Details for DS262 on 20 May 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session20 May 2020 09:45Details for DS262 on 20 May 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session20 May 2020 10:45Details for DS262 on 20 May 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session20 May 2020 11:30Details for DS262 on 20 May 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session10 June 2020 13:30Details for DS262 on 10 Jun 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session10 June 2020 14:15Details for DS262 on 10 Jun 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session10 June 2020 15:15Details for DS262 on 10 Jun 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session25 June 2020 13:30Details for DS262 on 25 Jun 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session25 June 2020 14:15Details for DS262 on 25 Jun 20
Digital Skills Development (DCAD)DS262Microsoft Office Support Session25 June 2020 15:15Details for DS262 on 25 Jun 20

Learning Technologies

We 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 next set of courses will be published shortly.

All University teaching and learning systems have extensive online help guides. Any Durham-specific information can be found ina the Knowledge Base which is part of the CIS Self-Service portal (login required).

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

Microsoft Educator Community

Log into the Microsoft Educator Community using your Durham University credentials and you can start accumulating training to become a Microsoft Innovate Educator. 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.

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.


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.


2 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)QM10R - Introduction to Statistics (Staff/PGR)2 March 2020 13:30Details for QM10 on 2 Mar 20
Quantitative Methods (DCAD)QM11R - Introduction to Statistics (UG/PGT)4 May 2020 13:30Details for QM11 on 4 May 20

Other Maths and Stats Resources

Additional Quantitative Methods can be found at online here.


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.

43 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)GD335Be Better Than Boring Bullet Points: How to Give a Great Presentation28 February 2020 09:30Details for GD335 on 28 Feb 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD337Problem Solving and Creativity in Research28 February 2020 13:30Details for GD337 on 28 Feb 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD871Using Creative Writing Techniques to Improve Academic Writing2 March 2020 10:00Details for GD871 on 2 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD866Early evening career appointments 2 March 2020 17:15Details for GD866 on 2 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD866Early evening career appointments 2 March 2020 18:00Details for GD866 on 2 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD883Getting Jobs Outside of Academia Part One; CV Writing and Job Interviews 3 March 2020 10:00Details for GD883 on 3 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD675REF Database Training4 March 2020 10:00Details for GD675 on 4 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD853The Enterprising Researcher: Perfect Pitching4 March 2020 13:00Details for GD853 on 4 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD881Make your own research board game6 March 2020 09:30Details for GD881 on 6 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD885Exploring Your Research Journey using LEGOŽ SERIOUS PLAYŽ10 March 2020 10:00Details for GD885 on 10 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD752Hands-on Project Management session: Creating your own Gantt chart with Excel10 March 2020 13:30Details for GD752 on 10 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD591Insight into Academic Job Interviews11 March 2020 14:00Details for GD591 on 11 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD720UDL - Introduction to a career in Intellectual Property13 March 2020 10:00Details for GD720 on 13 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD874Postgraduate Well-being lunch13 March 2020 12:00Details for GD874 on 13 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD867Biological Safety - Working Human Tissue13 March 2020 12:30Details for GD867 on 13 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD647Practice Academic Job Interviews 17 March 2020 09:00Details for GD647 on 17 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD124Speed Reading17 March 2020 09:30Details for GD124 on 17 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD647Practice Academic Job Interviews 17 March 2020 09:45Details for GD647 on 17 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD647Practice Academic Job Interviews 17 March 2020 10:30Details for GD647 on 17 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD897Research Staff Association Coffee Morning17 March 2020 10:30Details for GD897 on 17 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD647Practice Academic Job Interviews 17 March 2020 11:15Details for GD647 on 17 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD84Emergency Aid18 March 2020 09:00Details for GD84 on 18 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD854The Enterprising Researcher: Engagement and Network Training for Non-Networkers18 March 2020 13:30Details for GD854 on 18 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD789Developing Policy and Practice through Participatory Research19 March 2020 13:00Details for GD789 on 19 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD647Practice Academic Job Interviews 19 March 2020 14:00Details for GD647 on 19 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD647Practice Academic Job Interviews 19 March 2020 14:45Details for GD647 on 19 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD647Practice Academic Job Interviews 19 March 2020 15:30Details for GD647 on 19 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD647Practice Academic Job Interviews 19 March 2020 16:15Details for GD647 on 19 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD889Wellbeing: Board Games20 March 2020 11:30Details for GD889 on 20 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD886Basic Programming with Python26 March 2020 09:30Details for GD886 on 26 Mar 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD884Getting Jobs Outside of Academia Part Two; CV Writing2 April 2020 10:00Details for GD884 on 2 Apr 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD887Version Control with Git and GitHub23 April 2020 09:30Details for GD887 on 23 Apr 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD888Introduction to Data Analysis and Machine Learning24 April 2020 09:30Details for GD888 on 24 Apr 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD892POSTGRADUATE FORUM ON PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH METHODS APRIL 202028 April 2020 14:00Details for GD892 on 28 Apr 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD895Research Staff Spring Meeting29 April 2020 09:45Details for GD895 on 29 Apr 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD876Crafts for Wellbeing1 May 2020 14:00Details for GD876 on 1 May 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD855The Enterprising Researcher: A Bright Club "extreme presentation skills"5 May 2020 17:00Details for GD855 on 5 May 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD893Interviews in Research6 May 2020 09:00Details for GD893 on 6 May 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD826Managing and sharing research data : An introduction to Research Data Management6 May 2020 10:00Details for GD826 on 6 May 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD894Qualitative Data Analysis: Thematic Analysis6 May 2020 11:30Details for GD894 on 6 May 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD891Stand-up Comedy Techniques for Science Communicators and Public Engagement12 May 2020 09:15Details for GD891 on 12 May 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD898Peer mentoring and self-mentoring toolkit for post-graduate researchers21 May 2020 09:30Details for GD898 on 21 May 20
Researcher Development (DCAD)GD856The Enterprising Researcher: Community of Inquiry Engagement Event21 May 2020 11:00Details for GD856 on 21 May 20