Skills/PPD teaching: guides and case studies
Introduction to Skills teaching/Personal and Professional Development (PPD)
Why it’s important and where to find all the information you need
Key skills such as communication, numeracy and literacy are vital to a good all-round student experience. They help students make the transition from school to university, cope with academic work, enjoy extracurricular activities and enhance their career prospects.
UCL provides a number of resources to develop these skills for taught and research students. A dedicated Personal and Professional Development website has been designed to help taught students and their personal tutors plan and record their skills development in a systematic way.
The Personal Tutors website also gives staff help on key skills development.
UCL introduced the HEAR
system (Higher Education Achievement Record)
to new undergraduates in the 2011-12 academic session in order to provide more
detailed information about a student's learning and achievement beyond the
traditional degree. Activities such as sports participation and leadership of
clubs as well as volunteering will develop students’ key skills and be recorded on
their HEAR. The Global Citizenship Programme is now a part of this system also.
You should also take a look at the case studies and guides that detail how UCL staff are already helping students develop practical skills.
Watch: improving students' academic writing (2014)
Dr Theano Moussouri (UCL Institute of Archaeology) describes how UCL ChangeMakers funding has assisted five students to gain professional experience with the Jewish Museum in London by running a new type of event and then creating evaluation materials for future cohorts.
Published: Aug 16, 2016 10:53:27 AM
Dr Virginia Calder, Senior Lecturer and Graduate Tutor (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) shares why the institute’s first masterclass series for postgraduate students was identified by a recent Internal Quality Review (IQR) as best practice.
Published: Aug 12, 2016 10:59:43 AM
Dr Anita Berlin (Senior Lecturer, UCL Medical School) shares how the academic department has encouraged collaboration between staff, students, healthcare professionals and patients through a unique combination of teaching methods and public engagement.
Published: Jun 15, 2016 4:00:31 PM
UCL has built on its partnership with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (NCS) through the development of a tutorial scheme with the mathematics department.
Published: Apr 27, 2016 12:39:08 PM