Innovation & Enterprise


Develop short courses and CPD

Get advice, support and practical help on developing and designing short courses and continuing professional development (CPD).

UCL Innovation & Enterprise's Life Learning team work in partnership with staff across UCL to help them develop and promote short courses and CPD for an external audience.

UCL Life Learning activity covers a range of professional development courses, from short courses and CPD (continuing professional development), to summer schools and executive education. It spans online, face-to-face and blended learning.

The team also works with colleagues to manage the central UCL short courses website, which brings hundreds of UCL’s short courses together in one place.

Why run a short course or CPD?

Running a short course can help you and your department: 

  • reach a wider audience and cross-sell all your courses (including degree programmes)
  • develop new income streams
  • raise your academic and departmental profile
  • build relationships with external organisations
  • create a new ‘pathway to impact’ (a value statement which outlines who will benefit from your work and how to reach and work with them)

Get help to develop a short course

The team can help you:

  • structure and develop your short course
  • identify and target your audience through guidance on market research 
  • understand pricing and calculate the cost of running a course
  • promote your course through the main UCL short courses website
  • apply for investment funding 
  • evaluate your course 

Life Learning toolkit

A UCL Life Learning toolkit has been designed to help academics and professional staff develop Life Learning activity at UCL. It contains best practice guidance and templates to help you plan, develop, market and evaluate short courses.

Attend a short-course development workshop

The Life Learning team within UCL Innovation & Enterprise (in partnership with Digital Education) run a monthly workshop programme during term time for UCL staff involved in developing and running short courses. These are designed to share best practice and experiences.

Example workshop titles include 'Marketing workshop: how to communicate with businesses' and 'Getting the most out of feedback and evaluation for short courses'.

Note: Some of these workshops are run as part of UCL Arena - a flexible programme of events which focus on advancing research-based education at UCL and developing staff as they work towards nationally recognised awards for their teaching. View more Arena events.

Read a short-course case study

Dr Aiduan Borrion from UCL's Circular Economy Lab (CircEL) created a short course to introduce learners to LCA methods and how to apply them in real-life situations.

Read the Life Learning team's case study on Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which launched in 2016.