In this Special we explore the current state of play surrounding reflective practice. Our hope is that readers will find practical support through the examples provided of accessible ways in which individuals can be enabled to develop as effective practitioners. Whilst we offer a range of practical tools for different situations and purposes, it is recognised that these have been developed in tandem with theoretical approaches. Our intention is to make things clear and accessible rather than complicated and alienating, as we appreciate that time is in short supply.

Higher education is changing and becoming an ever more complex and challenging place to work. Consequently, we wanted to provide readers with the wherewithal to meet these challenges and show our commitment to supporting individuals in developing approaches which enable them to thrive. In terms of audience we extend our reach further than early-career academics, viewing the audience of this Special as varied and broad in scope. Our intention is to be inclusive, appealing to academics and professional services staff at all stages of their career, those applying for probation, progression and professional recognition along with promotion through the teaching and scholarship route. Our inclusivity also includes academic developers and those interested in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

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Carole L. Davis, Mary Fitzpatrick


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