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Key skills and PPD case studies

Below are some examples of key skills and personal and professional development (PPD) projects taking place around UCL.

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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 More...

Published: Sep 1, 2014 10:42:27 AM

LAws Faculty Provost teaching awards 2014 CPD advice and tips

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 More...

Published: Aug 6, 2014 4:28:43 PM

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Using a Teaching Innovation Grant to develop English language apps

Professor Bas Aarts, Seth Mehl and Sean Wallis describe the three interactive apps they’ve developed, and explain why spelling, punctuation and good writing are important. More...

Published: Sep 10, 2013 4:31:25 PM

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Collaborating with health centres in Tanzania and Jamaica

Professor Tim McHugh, Director of the UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology, explains why working with and in resource-poor countries is so important, both for research and teaching. More...

Published: Aug 20, 2013 3:20:34 PM

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Students chairing tutorials

The Department of Speech and Language Therapy’s Dr Rachel Rees explains why students are asked to chair their own tutorials during the first and second years of their degree. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 1:12:15 PM

A student gives a presentation to her peers

Ongoing collaborative research project on the history of electricity

Dr Chiara Ambrosio explains how this unique and innovative course works, and why it’s so beneficial for students. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 1:00:27 PM

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Scenario-based learning in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

In this video, Dr Benn Thomsen from UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering discusses his experiences of using scenarios to aid the teaching of undergraduate students. The presentation slides are available to download below the video. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:51:29 PM

Gillian Lacey-Solymar talks to students

Complementing personal tutoring with group coaching

Craig Daraz, Teaching Programme Manager at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, explains how postgraduates’ employability is boosted through a combination of individual and group tutorials. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:44:18 PM

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Personal tutoring in Chemistry

Dr Andrew Wills, Director of Studies for the Department of Chemistry, talks about the personal tutoring system. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:40:33 PM

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Using anatomical drawings to help teach Shakespeare

Dr Chris Laoutaris, from the Department of English Language and Literature, explains how he used the UCL Art Museum to help his students understand Shakespeare plays. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:32:37 PM

Object-based learning in the Grant Museum

'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. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:28:55 PM

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Helping a graduate get a job in the Home Office

The Institute of Archaeology’s Professor Sue Hamilton explains how using the key skills grid in her personal tutoring sessions helped a former student get a job at the Home Office. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:09:26 PM

Students role-play a protest

Real-life planning scenario based on Dar es Salaam

Dr Kamna Patel tells us about the week-long scenario-based learning exercise students at the Development Planning Unit (DPU) undertook in Autumn 2012. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 5:23:17 PM

Open-source GIS

Providing graphics skills through distance learning

Professor Matthew Carmona explains why and how the Bartlett School of Planning set up the Urban Skills Portal, an online resource to help postgraduate students develop graphics skills prior to their arrival at UCL. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 4:35:18 PM

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Learning to make connections in pharmacy using Mediawiki

David West and Andrew Wilderspin from the School of Pharmacy explain the Provost's Teaching Award-winning Integrated Therapeutics Project, in which wikis are used to teach students integration. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 4:30:10 PM

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Filming role-played mental health consultations for assessment

The Anna Freud Centre’s Nick Midgley and Fiona John explain why they introduced filmed role-play assessment to a first-year Master’s module. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 3:25:56 PM

Students discussing work with each other

Peer review of virology essays

Dr Richard Milne, from the Centre for Virology, explains how introducing a peer review system helped improve his students' essay marks by an average of one degree class. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 3:22:23 PM

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Using 'policy portfolios' to develop students' skills

In 2012, Oliwia Berdak won a Provost's Teaching Award for the policy portfolio scheme she devised as a postgraduate teaching assistant (PGTA). Here, she explains the concept and its benefits. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 5:00:01 PM

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Students interviewing their teachers

Charmian Dawson, Teaching Fellow in Biosciences, explains how she boosted student engagement by getting them talking to the academics in their department. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 4:55:46 PM

Further information 

  • Please note that the case studies section of the Teaching and Learning Portal is a continually evolving resource. If you or your colleagues are involved in great projects or practices that others might be able to take inspiration from, please get in touch by emailing teaching.learning@ucl.ac.uk
  • Find out more about key skills at UCL
  • Visit the PPD website
  • For discipline-specific advice on key skills development, contact one of the CALT school-facing teaching fellows

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