LEADS Open Day a hit

LEADS Open Day a hit

Issued: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:30:00 BST

The Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service (LEADS) held a very successful Open Day on Wednesday 12 July to launch the first full year of LEADS’ services and events following the creation of the Service.

Around 150 staff and students came to a range of short ‘taster’ sessions, workshops and drop-in sessions to learn more about the work of LEADS and the support that the Service can offer to staff and students to enhance and develop learning and teaching.

The Director of LEADS, Dr Matthew Williamson, said: “We were delighted to see so many colleagues at the event, especially given the time of year. But the sun shone and all the sessions we ran were busy and there was a really good buzz around our buildings as staff and students talked about enhancing learning and teaching and learnt more about how we in LEADS can support and develop that.”

The Open Day saw the launch of LEADS’ CPD programme for staff for 2017/18 – more than 70 events are planned over the course of the next academic year, which is a significant increase on what has been offered in the past.

For more information on LEADS and to see the events and resources the Service offers, visit the brand new LEADS website


LEADS exists to support and enhance student success across the University of Glasgow by developing effective learning and teaching practices, effective people, and effective institutional strategies and responses national and strategic imperatives and initiatives.

We support and develop students directly through the Academic Writing Skills Programme (AWSP), our team of Effective Learning Advisers and International Writing Advisers, and our dedicated Maths and Stats team. We run the annual undergraduate research conference “Let’s talk about [X]” and its associated journal, [X]position.

We have full media production capability, with a dedicated team of media professionals making broadcast-standard recordings for teaching and learning.

Some of the ways in which we support and develop staff include:

  • the Recognising Excellence in Teaching scheme (RET) which is accredited against the UK Professional Standards Framework for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • leading of developments in learning and teaching (especially in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching and assessment and feedback)
  • leading the training and development of Graduate Teaching Assistants across the University
  • working with staff in College and Schools on discipline-specific learning and teaching projects
  • leading and managing the University’s Annual Learning and Teaching Conference – the largest staff-focussed University of Glasgow event in the year and a programme of CPD events throughout the year around teaching, learning and assessment