09 July 2008 - 11 July 2008
Location: Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park

SEDA Summer School 2008 :

Supporting Educational Change

Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th July 2008

Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park


Development for the Developers

“Supporting Educational Change”, the eighth in the series of SEDA Summer schools for academic developers, will be run at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor from Wednesday 9th July to Friday 11th July 2008.

Academic development mainly involves helping individuals, groups and institutions to analyse and improve their practice. The course will give participants time, stimulus and support to review and develop their own practice.


The course is intended for colleagues in their first few years of work in academic development. Development may be part or all of their work. Participants may work in academic developments units; as learning and teaching coordinators in faculties or schools; in CETLs or Subject Centres; or in other settings and roles where they take some responsibility for helping to enhance academic practice. 

The course aims to help participants to:

  • Analyse the opportunities and challenges of their current, and perhaps also their next, role(s) in academic development;
  • Develop both conceptual and practical approaches to their own work;
  • Share and test ideas and practices from other developers;
  • Work towards SEDA’s Associate Fellowship qualification


The course will involve seminars, workshops, small group and private study, and tutorials and mentoring with experienced developers. There will be time to think!


  • David Baume PhD FSEDA FHEA, previously at the Open University, now higher education consultant
  • Professor Diana Eastcott, previously at Birmingham City University, now higher education consultant
  • Jan Tenant FHEA, Head of Academic Practice and Enhancement, Loughborough University

Provisional programme

Further details and registration

The cost of the event is £675 which includes overnight accommodation on 9th and 10th July, all meals and refreshments during the event plus all course materials.

Cumberland Lodge is set in the heart of Windsor Great Park, only 27 miles from London and a short distance from Heathrow Airport. For more details of the venue see: http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/

To register, simply complete the registration form and return to the SEDA Office by Friday 6th June 2008.

You are encouraged to register early as only a limited number of places are available!


This is a provisional programme.

Wednesday 9th July

10.30-11.30 Arrive and register

11.30-12.30 Introductions, to each other, the facilitators, the programme, SEDA Associate Fellowship, and Cumberland Lodge

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Setting up the initial working groups, and each participant identifying the topic, opportunity or problem that they want to work on during the Summer School

14.15-15.40 “What do I try to achieve in my work as a developer and how will I know and show that I have achieved it?” A workshop facilitated by David Baume on goal-setting and evaluation, with plenary and working group sessions; feedback on goals; and tea

15.40-16.00 Tea

16.00-17.30 Effective Educational Development – master class with Professor John Cowan

17.30-18.00 A new developer’s story

18.00-19.00 Individual consultancies, working groups, private thinking and working time

19.30 Dinner


Thursday 19th July

09.15-10.30 The personal dimension in educational development – workshop facilitated by Diana Eastcott on giving, taking and using feedback, on mentoring and coaching, and on self- and peer-support in our work as developers

10.30-11.10 In working groups, co-consultancy, facilitated by one of the Summer School team

11.10-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.30 Informal staff development – workshop facilitated by Lawrie Phipps on the development that happens ‘in the gaps between…’

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.00 Mid-course correction? – working groups meet and make suggestions for change to the rest of the programme

14.00-15.30 Workshops in their place – workshop facilitated by David Baume on how to plan and run good workshops, how to incorporate them into larger development ventures, and maybe on when workshops are not the answer

15.30-15.50 Tea

15.50-17.00 Contexts and policies for staff and educational development. A mixture of workshop, working group and individual work. Each participant will be encouraged to identify national and institutional factors that do, or usefully could, affect their work, and to explore how to work with these to best effect

17.00-18.30 Individual consultancies, working groups, private thinking and working time

19.00 Dinner

20.00-21.00 Educational development consultancy – after-dinner workshop by Liz Shrives


Friday 11th July

09.15-10.40 Dissemination for change – workshop facilitated by Jan Tennant

10.40-11.00 Coffee and working groups on dissemination for change

11.00-12.00 Facilitated working groups on preparing for the ‘Supporting Educational Change’ professional qualification, including the SEDA-Professional Development Framework core development outcomes.

12.00-12.40 Individual consultancies, working groups, private thinking and working time

12.40-13.00 Evaluation of the Summer School

13.00 Lunch and close