Your Academic Induction

Aimed at our community of academic researchers, your Academic Induction provides information about teaching and learning and our research culture and environment, including resources and opportunities to support your personal learning and development. This section is intended to work alongside your other induction ‘doorways’.

Teaching and Learning

In this section you will find information about Teaching and Learning. This supports our 2025 strategy aim of being an ‘Inspiring’ university.

Inspiring - 2025 Strategy Map Aspirations

Aim - Enable all students to become inspiring and enterprising global professionals and achieve career and personal success. KPI - University to be in the top quartile of the National Student Survey for the sector.

Aim - Inspire all students to fulfil their potential and achieve the highest academic and professional standards. KPI - Differential achievement: No statistical difference for Retention, Highly Skilled Employment and Classifications once benchmarked.

Aim - Create an inclusive globally aware community providing a world-leading and inspiring student experience. KPI - University of Huddersfield student engagement score to improve by 20%.

The Strategic Teaching and Learning team

The Strategic Teaching and Learning team are part of Registry and support the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) Professor Jane Owen-Lynch, in the development of policy and strategy, and innovation in pedagogy.

You might also be interested in our Teaching and Learning Strategy.


Personal Academic Tutors - PAT Team

The University takes an individualised approach to supporting each of its students to achieve their best. Personal Academic Tutors (PATs) have an important role to play in this, guiding students towards the most appropriate support, and helping them achieve their academic potential. Coming from within the course/teaching teams the tutee and PAT relationship will be the same throughout their time at the University. All undergraduate and postgraduate students on taught courses (PGT) will have a named PAT, who they will meet with a minimum of five times a year to discuss progress and offer general academic support to students. You can find further resources available to Personal Academic Tutors, or get further information on the role of the PATs.


Qualitive Assurance Guidance Site

Registry’s Quality Assurance Guidance website covers guidance for Taught Validations; PGR Validation, Degree Apprenticeships and Collaborative Provision Validations. 

These sections include detailed guidance on paperwork and documentary requirements, overviews of the processes as well as information on external sources available for guidance. 

For access to the Brightspace resources, please contact Manwah Baxter in Registry. 

Course Cat SD Website Image

The Global Professional Award

Most full-time undergraduates are expected to complete the Global Professional Award (GPA) alongside their degrees.

The GPA is an innovative programme designed to equip University of Huddersfield undergraduates with the tools needed for success at university and to thrive in their chosen field after graduation.

As a key strategic aim for our University, and all staff are expected to encourage students to engage fully with the programme. 


Supporting Students with Enterprise Opportunities

Our University aims to support students to become enterprising in their thinking and develop appropriate skills and experience, as shown in the University Graduate Attributes framework.

All academics can get support with this aim from the Enterprise Team.

Research, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange

In this section you will find information about our research culture and environment, including enterprise, innovation, and knowledge exchange. This supports our 2025 Strategy aim of being an ‘Innovative’ University.

Innovative - 2025 Strategy Map Aspirations

Aim - Increase our international recognition via the volume and quality of research outputs. KPI - All academic staff publishing at 2-star level or above (75% at 3-star or above). 

Aim - Increase our research and knowledge exchange income. KPI - Institutional average of 15 citations per output Research income £30m pa, knowledge exchange and innovation income £5m pa.

Aim - Become a focus for productivity improvement, impact and enterprise. KPI - Formal links with 5000 unique businesses and end users, and 10% of all research outputs created with research end users.

Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Service

Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) are a central team made up of multiple, specialist areas that work together to support the university’s research and business ambitions.

RIKE can advise and support you throughout your entire research journey, bringing together a range of expertise and resources to provide a professional and inclusive service to academics.

The Graduate School 

The Graduate School help to provide an enriching environment for all research students, fostering intellectual and social interaction between graduates, supervisors, and collaborative partners from across the globe. 

They can support you and your students to develop a research mindset, with support resources and other information for all supervisors, examiners and independent chairs.


University Research Strategy

The University Research Strategy - Research at the University of Huddersfield has undergone a transformation since our first strategy document was published in 2011.

Our commitment to supporting excellent research is what will guide our success going forward.

Research Excellence Framework

Research Excellence Framework - Huddersfield has submitted 589 staff across nineteen Units of Assessment to the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

This submission reflects our research across all our Schools and Departments covering a diverse and rich research portfolio. 

H&S Staff Dev Image Cropped

Research information management system (PURE)

The University has a research information management system named Pure that will facilitate an evidence-based approach to our institution's research and collaboration activities.

Pure is a web-based system that brings together data about research at Huddersfield. It captures a wide range of research related outcomes and activities and will promote the University’s research to the wider community. 

Researcher Development Concordat

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat) is an agreement between universities, research institutes and funders to support the career development of researchers in the UK. It is based around three defining principles: Environment and Culture, Employment, and Professional and Career Development.

The University of Huddersfield is a signatory to the Concordat, and our commitment to supporting the career development of our researchers is supported through participating in the HR Excellence in Research Award scheme.

What is the HR Excellence in Research Award?

The HR Excellence in Research Award demonstrates an institutional commitment to supporting our researcher community.

For the University, it can add value to funding applications to demonstrate a commitment to good working conditions and career development for researchers.

Research Integrity and Ethics

Research integrity means undertaking and conducting research in a way that ensures it is trustworthy and ethical. We are committed to the principles of the Concordat to support Research Integrity.

All academic Schools have designated Research Integrity Champions and Research Ethics and Integrity Committees, operating within the University Research Integrity framework.

Academic Development Opportunities

In this section you will find information about a range of learning and development opportunities and support for academic researchers, including mandatory training for your role.

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) and the PgCertHE

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) is awarded in professional recognition of the teaching and/or support for learning practice of a HE practitioner. All academic colleagues are expected to hold FHEA status. You can find further details about FHEA on Advance HE's website. The University's Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgCertHE) is recommended if you are a new member of teaching staff and do not have a recognised teaching qualification for the HE sector. Successful completion of this course also provides you with FHEA. Before you apply for the PgCertHE, please email the course administrator to obtain information about the course and what to include in your application.  The course administrator's email address is

Mandatory Training for Academic Researchers

As part of your induction, you’ll need to complete some mandatory courses. To book a place, please click on the relevant links below.

Teaching and Learning Development Opportunities

We provide a number Teaching and Learning development opportunities for academics. 

In addition, on your own School SharePoint sites you can find loads of useful resources and information, please ask your buddy and/or manager for guidance on how to access these.

J-Learning Communities

Learning Technologies

You can set up an induction to Brightspace and our other Learning Technologies with your Learning Technology Advisor

For your CPD, you can attend relevant monthly Learning Bytes sessions and all training materials for Learning Technologies are on the iPark site.


Researcher Development Opportunities

We provide a number Researcher Development opportunities for academics, including a wide range selection of courses, online packages and researcher leadership programmes.

If you would like to access a range of resources please take a look at this Brightspace module.


What is the Researcher Development Framework (RDF)?

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a tool that postgraduate researchers and researchers at all levels can use to help identify areas of strength, identify skills gaps and prioritise areas for development.

The RDF was developed by Vitae, who have developed many useful resources for researchers and is worth revisiting at least annually to reflect on your progress and highlight where you may want to focus your development next. 

Questions? Please get in contact ...

We hope that you have a fantastic induction experience. If you have any questions, please get in touch through MS Teams or email

POD Banner