About APSE

Academic Programmes and Student Engagement (APSE) provides a home for professional services teams supporting Learning and Teaching, Academic Skills Development and Employability.

Collectively, the teams within APSE are responsible for:

  • Assisting academic departments with the development and enhancement of their academic programmes.
  • Supporting academic colleagues to manage their own professional development.
  • Working with students to enhance their academic and life skills during their studies and as they transition to employment.

In addition to the service teams outlined below, members of the APSE management team act as senior links between APSE and each of the five faculties. Each department also has a named link in to the Academic Programmes and Quality Team, the Careers Service, and the Digital Learning Team.

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Academic Programmes Office

Academic Programmes Office

The Academic Programmes Office (APO) provides focused, evidence based support to Faculties and departments, helping them to develop, manage and review their academic offer. Teams within the APO include:

  • Academic Programmes and Quality - Supporting the development and review of academic programmes and the delivery of strategic objectives within the curriculum.
  • Performance and data evaluation - Analysing and interpreting data around student evaluations, curriculum data, and academic reflection to identify where support should be directed.
  • Student voice and engagement - Ensuring the student view is taken into account and acted upon in measurable ways across academic departments and services.

More about the APO and teams

Academic Practice and Skills

Academic Practice and Skills Development

Academic Practice and Skills Development brings together teams who support students and academics to develop skills and enhance their pedagogical practice. Teams within APSD include:

  • Academic skills development for students (301) - Providing extra-curricular skills training in maths and statistics (MASH), research skills, critical thinking and essay writing. Delivered via the 301 Skills Centre.
  • Academic professional development - Supporting academic development through accreditation schemes for professional recognition, award bearing programmes, training and events, and teaching for teachers.
  • Learning and teaching enhancement - Providing expertise, guidance and hands-on educational development support to departments in, for example, the use of Digital Learning, Engaged Learning, Enterprise Education.
  • Digital learning - Promoting and facilitates the use of digital technologies in teaching practice.

Meet the teams in APSD


Careers Service

The Careers Service provides direct support to students and recent graduates, as well as working with academic departments to support students’ transition from study into employment. Service areas include:

  • Careers advice and mentoring - Providing one-to-one and group careers advice to students from all disciplines, including face-to-face and online.
  • Employability in the curriculum - Working with academic departments to help integrate employability skills and advise on external partnerships.
  • Employer Engagement, Jobs and Placements - Developing relationships with employers to provide part-time work, placements, internships and graduate opportunities; running the Student Jobshop (located in the Students Union) and operating the online vacancy service and placement database, Career Connect.

Visit the Careers Service website

Lifelong Learning

Department for Lifelong Learning

The Department for Lifelong Learning (DLL) is the University’s gateway for mature students who don't have the traditional qualifications required for direct entry to the University.

  • Foundation year study - delivering foundation year pathways into a wide range of degrees across the arts, humanities, social sciences, health and natural sciences.
  • Specially designed courses - equipping mature students with the skills, knowledge and confidence required for degree level study.
  • Support and welfare - providing specialist support and guidance to mature students who have been out of formal education for a number of years.

Visit the Department for Lifelong Learning website