Staff Development Fund


Every year the Staff Development Fund supports over 70 applications, from across the university, to undertake accredited professional development programmes of study including taught education programmes both with the university and with other institutions

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Recipients of the fund have also undertaken undergraduate, postgraduate; Masters and PhD studies. Many recipients of the staff development fund continue their professional development by seeking professional recognition through the university’s framework for the recognition of excellent practice in learning and teaching, ALPINE.

Applying for funding

  • Check eligibility The Staff Development Fund is open to colleagues who are currently teaching and/or supporting higher education students.  This focus recognises that academic partner colleges have responsibility for staff development activities for colleagues teaching and supporting further education students.  Applications to the fund are considered throughout the academic year
  • Complete an application form For more information, download the Staff Development Fund guide.  This guide includes information on the aim of the fund, the levels of funding support provided; the authorisation process and guidance on completing the appropriate forms.  Forms can be downloaded from the links below.  
  • Seek approval before submission For colleagues in academic partner colleges, applications are approved by line managers and then approved by the staff development officer or those with responsible for staff development.  For colleagues in executive office, applications are approved directly by line managers.  Once approved, applications go forward to the Staff Development Review Panel.  
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A guide to the Staff Development Fund.

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For colleagues applying for initial funding support for an accredited programme of study. 

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For colleagues applying for initial funding support for an SCQF level 12 programme of study, e.g. PhD or DEd. 

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For colleagues, applying for continuation of funding for the same programme of study (at any level)

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For colleagues who have completed a funded programme of study. The SD3 form requests information on the benefits to professional practice including anticipated next steps.