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Short Courses and CPD

Short Courses and CPD

Short courses and conferences can be useful in:

  • raising income
  • raising the profile of your contribution in your subject area;
  • testing new ideas and findings before a knowledgeable and interested audience;
  • disseminating useful knowledge to the wider community outside the University;
  • making contacts and strengthening your networks;
  • consolidating partnerships with professional institutions or scholarly bodies
  • improving the University's position and thus giving greater credibility to research grant applications, bids to HEFCE, and negotiations with local government, employers and the EU.

Similarly, participants expect certain benefits from these activities. Usually, they will look to gain at least one of the following:

  • information and updating, e.g. about new research findings or applications;
  • exchange of experience which then leads to a cross-fertilisation of ideas;
  • networking with other specialists and professionals with a shared interest;
  • problem solving by testing out ideas for solutions to real problems
  • inspiration from meeting a large number of people with common concerns;
  • new skills and improved performance in a professional field.

The University takes pride in serving the needs of the wider world. Its public mission emphasises the need to support continuing professional development, both of its own staff and of the workforce more broadly. Short courses and conferences are an important means of meeting this mission.

Key areas which should be addressed when developing a short course are:

  • PRACTICALITIES
    • Planning an event
    • Availability of Space
    • Support
  • FINANCE
    • Budgeting and Planning
    • Central Overheads
    • Departmental Responsibilities
    • Accounts
    • Payments to University Staff
  • IMPROVING YOUR COURSE/CONFERENCE
    • Conference and course design
    • Evaluation
    • HEFCE Policy