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Support for Academic Staff


UCOL values the growth and success of its academic staff which is demonstrated by the following initiatives:

Professional Development

  • 10 days of agreed professional development leave per year
  • A regular series of professional development workshops on a variety of professional practice topics
  • Annual Staff Symposium organized by UCOL for all staff

A Connected Workplace

There is a strong connection between staff, and staff and senior management at UCOL with monthly discussions on each campus led by Chief Executive Leeza Boyce, and an annual staff welcome to set the scene for the year.

Teacher Induction

Whilst UCOL prefers that teaching staff hold an adult teaching qualification, we understand that this is not always possible. Newly appointed academic staff who do not hold such a qualification will be enrolled in a formal programme of study to complete UCOL’s preferred tertiary teaching qualification, Certificate in Adult Teaching (Advanced) and/or the National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace).

We also have a New Teacher Induction Programme (NTIP) designed for our beginning tertiary teachers to get started at UCOL in the best possible way.

The Programme is run over two Fridays and covers five modules:

Module 1 - Teaching skills / strategies for the classroom and other contexts
Module 2 - Technology in teaching
Module 3 - UCOL structure and processes
Module 4 - Assessment and moderation processes
Module 5 – Student Success – academic support for students

To find out about the other great things about working at UCOL, see Benefits for All Staff.