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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. 

For research students, the Graduate School runs a comprehensive Skills Development programme and provides a research student log in which they can record their progress.

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.

Case Studies - Skills/PPD teaching

How to improve students' writing

Dr Adam Smith's new essay-writing course received 100 per cent positive feedback and led to big improvements. Just don’t call it a skills course.

Published: Sep 3, 2014 11:45:00 AM

'Mystery specimen' project

Dr Helen Chatterjee, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Deputy Director of Museums, explains why there are so many puzzled-looking students in the Grant Museum of Zoology.

Published: Aug 9, 2014 3:13:00 PM

What makes a great CPD course?

UCL Faculty of Laws delivered the first CPD course to win a Provost’s Teaching Award. Visiting Lecturer Mark Anderson shares his advice on creating engaging and effective CPD sessions

Published: Aug 6, 2014 11:43:00 AM