Academic skills for staff

Information and resources for staff

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Academic Skills Centre online resources

Our online resources  provide useful information if you teach or support teaching activities at the University including:

  • Academic Staff Induction 
  • Adviser of Studies Handbook 
  • HEA Fellowship 
  • The Professional Learning (CPD) Framework

Visit our Academic Skills Centre Online Resources.

Support for your modules

One of ASC’s core activities is supporting teaching staff to develop and deliver academic literacies guidance within your modules and courses. This can mean anything from a one-off workshop, to a more embedded approach across modules, or even entire programmes. This collaborative approach enables students to develop confidence in key skills such as academic communication, critical thinking, and many others within the context of their own discipline. If you would like to speak to one of our tutors about how we might support your module or programme, please contact

Academic Practice In Higher Education PGCert

Academic Practice In Higher Education PGCert is a continuing professional development course in academic practice, designed for professionals who are teaching in an HE environment and want to gain professional recognition.


Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment (TESTA) is an enhancement-led process which helps programmes improve their assessment and feedback. TESTA has run at Dundee since 2010 and is a mandatory part of the Periodic Programme Review process for undergraduate programmes. The process supports programmes in implementing programme-level change by engaging with the student experience of assessment and feedback. TESTA is also available for Masters programmes upon request.  

Teaching awards

The University of Dundee values high quality teaching as part of our mission and strategy. The Academic Skills Centre supports the awards process at an institutional level. 

Enhancement Themes

The Enhancement Themes are a programme of activity involving the whole higher education sector in Scotland. Staff and students collaborate on one or more topics to improve strategy, policy, and practice.

Learn about the University of Dundee's institutional plans and projects

We are represented through the sector-wide Theme Leaders' Group (TLG) and also have an institutional team which oversees work at the local level.

Institutional team

  • Institutional lead (TLG): Dr Michael Bartle
  • TLG staff representatives: Professor Karen Petrie
  • TLG student representative: Zechariah Laari (DUSA)
  • TLG cross-university representatives: Dr Carmen Garcia del Rio, Natalie Lafferty, Monica Matthews, Dr Yvonne Evans, Dr Seaneen McDougall, Dr Yin Zhang, Duncan Brown, Christine Kingsley, Dr Diana Swales, Jill Shimi, Alex Anderson 

For more information contact Dr Michael Bartle.

Quality Framework

The Quality Framework supports quality assurance, academic standards, and the enhancement of learning and teaching and the student support environment.