Your Development

Education Development

There are opportunities to develop your education practice throughout the academic year, whether this be gathering and responding to student feedback, peer observation and dialogue, or more general learning and teaching development workshops and resources.

In addition to the links below, you may also find it useful to speak to your Academic Lead or Discipline/College Education leadership team about the development opportunities available at a local level.

Education and Student Experience provides all the key administration and education support activities at the University.

Teaching Quality Assurance and Enhancement (TQAE) focuses on strategic development with the academic and professional services communities, with particular attention to achieving the goals of the Education Strategy. TQAE is made up of Academic Development, Quality Assurance, Education Projects and e-Learning. 

ASPIRE Framework:

If you are teaching, supervising and/or supporting learning at the University of Exeter, the ASPIRE Framework offers you the opportunity to gain reward and recognition.


ASPIRE rewards applicants with both a University of Exeter ASPIRE Fellowship and the correlating fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, now Advance HE) against one of four fellowship descriptors: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship or Principal Fellowship.

Routes to Fellowship

You can gain ASPIRE and HEA fellowship through one of two routes:


1. Either by submitting a direct application for Fellowship through the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway (you can submit for any of the four descriptors through the PRP).


2. Or by completing one of the two Initial Professional Development taught programmes:

• The Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Programme - mandatory for Postgraduate Teaching Assistants. All colleagues at the University of Exeter who have a role teaching and/or supporting learning are welcome to attend. Successful completion of the assessment leads to Associate Fellowship (AFHEA).
• The Academic Professional Programme - for academics and other staff who have a substantive teaching-related role at the University. Academic Professional Programme is a probation requirement for most early career academics in the Education & Research and Education & Scholarship job families. Successful completion of the assessment leads to Fellowship (FHEA). For more information, see Academic Professional Programme FAQs.


In the first instance please talk to your Academic Lead or Line Manager about which of the above is the best fit for you. There is also further information at https://as.exeter.ac.uk/aspire/.


Advance HE awards:

For further information, please contact academicdevelopment@exeter.ac.uk.

Graduate School of Education:

The Graduate School of Education offers a range and quality of graduate study options which are designed to meet the varying needs of both graduates and busy professionals.

For support in building effective non-academic partnerships visit the IIB Essentials Series.

The University of Exeter’s Innovation, Impact and Business Essentials Series is designed for staff who want to gain new funding and research opportunities by working with businesses and other organisations. It provides short ‘how to’ sessions covering: research collaboration with partners; building your impact; managing consultancy; commercialising your research; regional funding partnerships; degree apprenticeships; how to build good relationships, and more.

All sessions take place in core hours on Wednesday afternoons. Each session is also accompanied by a drop in space with teas and coffees: providing you with an informal opportunity to meet members of the Innovation, Impact and Business Team to discuss how they can support you.

Visit our Essentials Webpage for more information and to book your place.