Your academic practice

How we support you

Derby Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) is our institutional approach to staff development run by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Our DELTA approach ranges from College and University sessions to supporting our staff as they develop their professional method and practice (pedagogy).


Our DELTA: Partners sessions will be hosted within Colleges. They will focus on University and College priorities and will be arranged with College management teams. 

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Our DELTA: Platform sessions will be available to all University staff and they will be delivered at all our campuses. These sessions will be aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and our own strategies.

We will share best practice, innovative and creative approaches and new tools and systems. Staff will be invited to lead or co-lead sessions and guest speakers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines will share current thinking and practice within FE (Further Education) and HE (Higher Education).

Advance HE

Our DELTA: Pathfinder programme of events supports staff in becoming associate fellows, fellows or senior fellows of Advance HE. And our DELTA: Principal programme is specifically for those interested in principal fellowship.

Events will include writing retreats, introductions to the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme, workshops and support in demonstrating specific UKPSF elements, such as teaching philosophy.

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Pedagogic research

Our DELTA: Prism programme helps you develop skills in pedagogy and undertake and publish pedagogic work aligned to the Pedagogic Research Group. The group is a peer-support network for you to engage in and promote pedagogic research.

And DELTA: Projects will provide support and training associated with specific CELT activities such as the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme.

Supporting CPD

DELTA: Peer is a revised approach to teaching observation based on peer observation and personal development. And DELTA: Pro is individual, group and team support in helping you enhance your practice.