Posted on: Friday 14 December 2012

The Editorial of the New Academic Magazine in June 1993 written by the then Editor, Danny Saunders, ran the headline statement:

On May 19th 1993 the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) rose like the phoenix from the ashes of the Standing Conference on Educational Development (SCED) and the Staff Development Group of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE/SDG). The two organisations originated in the old Polytechnic and University sectors, so their merger is good sense now that one of the many binary lines in education has been rubbed out.

2013 is therefore a landmark year in which SEDA will celebrate its 20th birthday as an Association. As with all birthday celebrations it provides an opportunity for us to express appreciation and celebrate the past and everything that we have achieved. Whilst some individuals will vividly remember the struggle to make an impact, sometimes against all the odds, it is fitting to take time to reflect on the step changes SEDA has made over time. At the forefront of this are examples of how the SEDA principles and values are now embedded within learning and teaching in higher education through our lobbying and advocacy over the years. Many in higher education will not know that this legacy originates within the Association.

The birthday celebration also provides a timely opportunity to explore how the strengths and attributes of SEDA as a community can shape new agendas and meet challenges in contemporary higher education.

We look forward to offering a range of activities and events throughout the year to celebrate the impact of what SEDA has achieved during the last 20 years. We aim to raise sector-wide understanding of what SEDA is and the role it takes in UK and international HE. We will acknowledge and thank SEDA members for their contribution and develop further cooperation with other development communities and organisations.

In 1993 Danny Saunders identified ‘several audiences who might relate to the aspirations and work of SEDA:

  • lecturers, staff and educational developers who encourage and support change;
  • senior managers involved in critical decision making about allocating resources for the support of learning and teaching in Higher Education.

Twenty years on we are at a crossroads where role definitions are becoming increasingly complex and distorted, with very few now able to distance themselves from the responsibility of enhancing the student learning experience. The role SEDA has to play is fundamentally unchanged, but how we fulfill that task, moving into the next 20 years, is our greatest challenge.

Join us in celebration of how we met that challenge 20 years ago and in determining how we meet the challenge of journeying into the next 20 years!

Below are links to the year’s events and activities:


Posted on: Sunday 11 November 2012


The SEDA Legacy Awards will recognise outstanding contributions to SEDA and to the field of staff and educational development in the UK over the last 20 years. There are a number of awards to reflect the growth and nature of staff and educational development. There are two Award Categories:

For individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to SEDA’s distinctive remit for educational and staff development.

We invite nominations for the following awards:

  • Disciplinary development
  • Leadership
  • Scholarship
  • Impact and influence
  • Contribution to SEDA as an organisation

SEDA is all about people and the particular contribution and difference they can make in educational and staff development, whether working as individuals or in teams.

We invite nominations for our team award to recognise the group that has made a significant and sustained impact in educational development sometime during the last 20 years.

The awards are open to anyone working or who has previously worked in UK Higher Education as a SEDA member or for an institution with SEDA membership. If retired, they should have been an individual member or have worked in an institution with SEDA membership up to the point of retirement. Individuals now working in non-UK institutions should be members of the relevant staff and educational development organisations/associations in their country of residence.

Applications cannot be self-nominated but must be nominated by a SEDA individual member or someone working in an institution with SEDA membership.

In the context of these awards the term staff and educational development should be considered broadly and might include practice that has enhanced and supported educational change.

Awards will be based on the extent, range and impact of nominees’ contribution to educational and staff development and not on the number of nominations received.

Submit a written case of between 1,000 and 1,500 words using the criteria listed below, Nominations should be written against the Generic and Award Specific Criteria outlined below. Nominations to be sent by email to and clearly headed as SEDA Legacy Awards.

The closing date has been extended to 28th March 2013.

Awards will be decided by a panel convened by the SEDA Co-Chair, which will include a current member and a former member of the SEDA Executive and two other individuals in influential roles within staff and educational development within the UK HE sector. The panel will include experienced SEDA members. As such, it is possible that one or more members of the panel might be nominated for an award. In this case, the panel member in question would not be present for the shortlisting and selection of that award.

The SEDA Legacy Awards Panel will short-list three nominees for each of the five individual award categories and for the team award. All short-listed nominees will be notified by 15th March 2013. The Awards will then be presented to the winners at the SEDA@20 Gala Evening in Leeds on 18th May 2013.

The awards will be judged against the Generic and Award Specific criteria, therefore nominations should address the generic criteria and the specific criteria for the relevant Award.

The Generic Criteria require each nomination to contain evidence of:

  1. Sustained impact
  2. Recognition and esteem by colleagues in staff and educational development
  3. SEDA values demonstrated and embedded in their work
  4. Extending and challenging development practice and/or scholarship
  5. The nominee being an advocate of SEDA

The Award Specific Criteria require each individual award nomination to contain evidence of:

Disciplinary Development

  • Extensive contribution to educational development within a single discipline or cognate group of disciplines


  • Strong leadership within an educational development team
  • Effective strategic leadership for staff and educational development across an institution and/or HE sector


  • Extensive contribution to research and development within staff and educational development
  • Supporting capacity building for scholarship within staff and educational development

Impact and influence

  • A wide range of contributions within the staff and educational development field
  • UK-wide influence and impact

SEDA as an organisation

  • Extensive contribution to the organisation and running of SEDA
  • Representing SEDA within HE sector and beyond

Team Award

  • Significant and sustained impact on staff and educational development during the last 20 years

It is understood that individual members come and go, particularly in a 20 year period – this award recognises the contribution of the team as an overall entity.


Posted on: Wednesday 31 October 2012

SEDA’s Executive Committee has approved the alignment of two of its Professional Development Framework awards for the initial professional development of teachers with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Click here for further details.


Posted on: Wednesday 15 August 2012

 In July 2012, the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) was commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) to conduct an evaluation of the impact of the UK Professional Standard Framework (UKPSF), reporting in March 2013.  The project will evaluate awareness, understanding and use of the UKPSF at the institutional and individual level and will provide recommendations to the HEA on fostering the use of the UKPSF and future research in this area.


The project aims to establish:

  • Current levels of awareness and understanding of the UKPSF in the sector
  • Attitudes, obstacles, challenges and opportunities in using the UKPSF
  • The uptake and variations in practice in use of the UKPSF 

It is intended that the results will form a baseline that can be used to assess changes in impact of the UKPSF in future research.

How will the aims be achieved? 

The project will consist of three components:

  1. A survey amongst key informants which will establish evidence of institutional-level use of the UKPSF.  Survey results will be used to classify use of the UKPSF and optional open-ended responses will provide outline case studies, which will be analysed to identify attitudes, obstacles, challenges and opportunities.
  2. A wider survey, involving a random sample of staff that support student learning, will establish evidence of awareness, understanding and impact on practice. This will establish individual-level awareness, attitudes and uses of the UKPSF.
  3. A series of interviews, providing more detailed accounts of uses of the UKPSF, also a more in-depth understanding of attitudes, obstacles, challenges and opportunities. These will be sampled from the responses to the surveys, picking those that represent a diversity of uses and experiences. It will result in institutional case studies, including the production of vodcasts.

What will the outputs be?

The project will deliver:

  1. A full research report
  2. Institutional case studies demonstrating a range of uses of the UKPSF
  3. Vodcasts exploring individual awareness, understanding and use of the UKPSF
  4. A set of recommendations on fostering the use of the UKPSF and future research in this area

The project team has been drawn from the SEDA Scholarship and Research Committee and includes Nancy Turner, Dr Martin Oliver, Dr Holly Smith, Liz Shrives and Dr Frances Deepwell.  The team has breadth and depth of experience in use of the UKPSF and conducting evaluative research.  The team includes individuals who lead educational development units, develop and deliver HE teacher development programmes and institutional CPD Frameworks, conduct institutionally based evaluations, and conduct and publish research on evaluation of impact.

If you would like to be a participant in the project please contact:
Nancy Turner, Associate Dean University of the Arts London:
Martin Oliver, Institute of Education,

Project blog:


Posted on: Monday 30 July 2012

Click here to view SEDA’s response.


Posted on: Monday 02 July 2012

For those of us in UK institutions, the end of another financially very challenging year is upon us.

This summer, SEDA has once again put together a special offer to help you spend any small budget surpluses wisely! Buy any five different SEDA Specials for £50.00, or any four different SEDA Papers for £50.00. Postage is free. Available on orders placed before 1st August 2012.

Why not take advantage of both offers? A full list of the publications available in this special offer is on the order form . Stocks of some publications are limited, so place an order for your summer reading early.

 To take advantage of the offer please complete the order form and return it to the SEDA Office by 1st August 2012. 


Posted on: Monday 02 July 2012

SEDA will be running a 12 week online course designed to accredit and advance participants’ work in supporting and leading educational change in further or higher education.

Successful completion of the course confers eligibility for Fellowship of SEDA (FSEDA).

The course will be delivered over two 6 week blocks (October 29th to December 7th 2012, and January 7th to February 15th 2013).

Click here for further information, including a registration form.


Posted on: Monday 18 June 2012


From PG Certs to provision at all levels – Liz Shrives
Credit-free certificates for new academics – Jo Peat, Roehampton University
ASPIRE, Dilly Fung, University of Exeter
CPD Frameworks in Learning and Teaching – Alison Nimmo, Glasgow Caledonian University
Sheffield Hallam University CPD Scheme – Sally Bradley, SHU


Posted on: Monday 04 June 2012

Welcome to new Executive Committee members: Joelle Adams, Sue Beckingham, Jo Peat and Sue Thompson. We also welcome Pam Parker as the new SEDA Vice-Chair and Stephen Bostock as the new SEDA Co-Chair.

For a full list of SEDA’s Executive Committee members see:


Posted on: Tuesday 01 May 2012

SEDA now has a new Special Interest Group on technology-enhanced practice:


Posted on: Monday 12 March 2012

Academic Development for the Digital University is the title of the 11th SEDA Summer School for academic developers. The Summer School runs from July 9th – 11th 2012 at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

This SEDA Summer School is intended for colleagues whose role includes helping their institution to increase and enhance the appropriate use of digital technologies, and hence supporting staff with the development of their digital literacies.

The JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme has identified the SEDA Summer School an opportunity to bring together staff within funded projects and staff from other institutions to discuss, share, and further extend their approaches to the development of digital literacies within their institutions.

So JISC would like to encourage projects and interested institutions to consider supporting a member of their team (or institution or a partner institution) to attend this SEDA Summer School.  JISC is happy to confirm that that attendance at this development event is a legitimate use of JISC project funds.

Further JISC is offering 12 scholarship places. Each will pay £400 towards the cost of attending the event (full price £795). These scholarships are open to members of any institution normally eligible to receive JISC funding. To apply for a scholarship place, please:·        

  • Confirm that, if your scholarship application is successful, you will attend the Summer School;        
  • Send  a note of some 500 words which explains the particular issue on which you will work with other participants at the Summer School (email to;        
  • Participate with the intention to focus on developing digital literacies in your institution;        
  • Agree to produce a short blog post on your reflections/actions from attending the event, to be posted on your project/personal blog or the JISC e-Learning blog site.

The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday the 30th April. Decisions will be notified early in May.

For further information about the SEDA Summer School, please contact For further information about the JISC Scholarships, please contact Paul Bailey (

Paul Bailey
Programme Manager


Posted on: Wednesday 01 February 2012

HEA/SEDA Conference

News release:
Call for submissions to the HEA/SEDA conference 2012: Open Horizons: Sharing the future

Submissions are now being invited for the Open Horizons: Sharing the future conference, which will be held in Birmingham on 20 July 2012.

Following three years of funding from the Higher Education Academy and JISC, a wide range of programmes and projects have explored the creation, development, use and reuse of open educational resources. Globally, the open resources movement is changing polices and the development needs of staff and students alike. This timely conference will explore answers to the question: Where next for open practice and staff development? It will feature contributions from funded projects and new directions in thinking on this exciting and challenging area of developing academic practice.

The event will bring together a broad range of people interested in using and developing open educational resources to enhance accredited CPD courses and inform policy, practice and institutional strategies, including senior management with strategic learning and teaching roles, educational developers and lecturers.Proposals for both workshops and research presentations are sought, and can address any topic related to the use of open educational resources for the enhancement of higher education staff development.

The deadline for submissions is 27 April 2012. More information about the conference and instructions for submitting a session proposal can be found on