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Programme Development Team

The Programme Development Team (PDT) provides project management support for the development of taught portfolios, including new programmes, refreshed programmes and programme closures.

We work closely with:

  • Faculty Taught Portfolio Groups (FTPGs) to agree priorities, consider proposals and take forward taught portfolio projects.
  • Academic Leads to provide guidance and information from the instigation of a project (for example a new programme idea or proposed refresh), throughout the approval process, until a proposal is either fully realised or rejected.
  • External Engagement and Global (EEG) Managers to produce scoping and establish market demand and subsequently, to get approved programmes out to market.
  • Quality and Standards Team (QST) to ensure that the correct processes are followed and the required documentation is produced to expected standards.
  • A range of other Professional Services Teams (such as Student Records, Admissions, Library, Immigration Services, SEAS) to gather information and ensure that the right professional services support is in place as proposals are developed.

For further information or to discuss a taught programme proposal please contact us at


Programme Development Co-ordinators (PDCs) are aligned with Faculties at Department level and key contacts for each Department are shown below. PDCs may work on projects for other departments to ensure appropriate distribution of workload. If you are unsure of which PDC to contact, please email us at and we will direct your enquiry.




Rachel Bennett

Programme Development Co-ordinator

HASS: Law School
Cross Faculty FTPG support.

Hannah Broom

Programme Support Officer

Cross Faculty team support.

Laura Hayward

Programme Development Co-ordinator

HASS: School of Education
ESE: Geography
HLS: Biosciences; Psychology

Nicola Lord

Programme Development Co-ordinator

ESE: Computer Science; Engineering; Mathematics and Statistics; Physics and Astronomy.
HLS: Health and Care Professions; Clinical and Biomedical Sciences; Health and Community Sciences; Public Health and Sports Sciences.

Simon Penny

Programme Development Co-ordinator

HASS: Archaeology and History; Arab and Islamic Studies; Classics, Ancient History, Religion and Theology; Communications, Drama and Film; English and Creative Writing; Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies; Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy and Anthropology.

Kirstine Roberts

Programme Development Co-ordinator

HASS: HASS Penryn.
ESE: Ecology and Conservation; Earth and Environmental Science; (also Renewable Energy and Penryn Business programmes).

Mike Robertson

Programme Development Co-ordinator

ESE: Finance and Accounting; Management; Economics.