Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Our teaching at the University of Derby has been given a Gold rating for excellence and we have established our Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) to ensure that we maintain this high standard and provide our students with the best-possible education.

Our Centre

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is focused on teaching excellence and educational innovation within the portfolio of the Provost, Learning and Teaching, Professor Keith McLay. At the heart of the Centre is a commitment to high-quality learning and teaching which promotes student engagement and success. Our innovative, research-informed approach places us at the cutting edge of academic and scholarly practice. This ensures a transformational experience for every student and supports our Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The Centre is led by Dr. Fiona Shelton, with John Hill (Head of Library and Digital Learning) responsible for Digital Learning and Dr. Tamsin Bowers-Brown (Head of Social Justice and Pedagogic Practice) responsible for Social Mobility and Pedagogic Practice.

We work collaboratively with staff and students across the University to ensure excellence in all aspects of learning, teaching, assessment and digital practice and have a designated Associate Professor and Learning Technologist named as a principal contact for each College.

An introduction to the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

View We are CELT video transcript

Our aim

We aim to collaborate with colleagues to ensure students experience excellence in teaching, research and scholarship.

"At the University of Derby we have always taken great pride in our approach to teaching and learning,” says Vice-Chancellor Kathryn Mitchell. “What we teach and the way we teach it is designed to ensure all our students benefit from academic challenge, outstanding facilities and relevant work experience opportunities which ensure upon graduating they are best placed to realise their goals and aspirations.

“We are ambitious, not only in terms of what we want to achieve as a University, but what we want our graduates of the future to achieve, be it locally, nationally or globally. To this end, our pursuit of excellence in student experience, with academic rigour at its heart, will never cease. Wherever the bar is set, our aim will be to take it higher.”

An architecture class

What we do

We drive, support and promote developments in learning and teaching, including embedding learning technologies in our programmes. We work with academic staff to ensure high-quality learning and teaching, in line with the University aim of delivering "a high-quality student-focused learning experience".

We organise staff development through our new DELTA (Derby Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment) scheme, which has a host of activities to support classroom practice. This includes helping staff from the University's academic and professional departments gain professional recognition, such as fellowship, through workshops and writing retreats. And we also provide opportunities to share and engage in research.

CELT leads the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme to support students in co-produced research with their academics.

We have developed and published strategies to enhance our student experience and have an Ideas Factory where staff can share innovative ideas and good practice.

We also host the University's annual Festival of Learning. We enhance learning and teaching by engaging staff and students in academic debate, discussion and activity generated by creative practice and innovation.