The vision of our Academic Staff Development unit is to create a community of faculty members who are committed to ongoing professional growth and development. We aim to foster a culture of excellence in teaching/ learning, research, and service by providing our faculty members with the tools, resources, and training they need to achieve their professional goals.
Our vision is to empower our faculty members to be leaders in their respective fields and to make a significant impact in their disciplines and communities. We believe that a thriving faculty community is essential to the success of our institution, and we are committed to supporting our faculty members in their pursuit of excellence.
We envision a future where our faculty members are engaged in meaningful professional development opportunities, and are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to adapt to the changing needs of higher education. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and where all faculty members feel supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential
The mission of our Academic Staff Development Unit is to enhance the professional growth and development of our Faculty Members through a range of programmes and services designed to support excellence in teaching/ learning, research, and service.
Our mission is to provide Faculty Members with the tools, resources, and training they need to stay current in their respective fields, foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement in their teaching/ learning and research, and contribute to the success of our institution.
We are committed to creating a community of Faculty Members who are engaged in meaningful professional development opportunities and feel supported and empowered to achieve their full potential. We strive to promote a culture of collaboration, communication, and inclusivity, where Faculty Members from all specialities and backgrounds can come together to share knowledge, opinions, and best practices.
How do we achieve our goals?
1. Collaborating with colleagues to develop academic practice and processes We engage with others to support their, and their students’ development, to develop ourselves and to contribute to the development of ASU as an organisation, and HE more widely.
2. Working in and developing learning communities For example Pedagogic interest Groups; and the UK HEA.
3. An understanding of how people learn The learning of all staff and students is on-going and continuous as is understanding how people learn. We engage proactively in the scholarship of learning and teaching; disseminating others’ work, and undertaking our own in order enhance the learning experiences of our colleagues and students.
4. Scholarship, professionalism and ethical practice Scholarship enables us to adopt an informed, analytical and critical approach to what and how we learn. By drawing on competing theories, policies, models and research scholarship allows us to interrogate and challenge our practice. Ethical practice permeates all our work; it involves valuing the roles everyone in the University plays, and being aware of how differences in power can impact on work relationships, and not misusing that power; confidentiality; sustainability; trust and mutual respect all contribute to ethical practice.
5. Working effectively with diversity and promoting inclusivity We seek to ensure that each learner, and each colleague, has, as far as possible, the same or appropriately equivalent opportunity to learn, develop and succeed. We learn from and are enriched by this diversity in the staff and student body.
6. Continuing reflection on professional practice Interrogating what we are doing now; what works; what needs improving; rationale for change/meeting internal and external priorities. What can we do in the short and long terms