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The Staff development for learning and teaching at European universities (STAFF-DEV) project aims to analyse how staff development and academic assessment are conducted at European higher education institutions (HEIs) and to strengthen institutional capacity and strategies in this regard. In doing so, STAFF-DEV seeks to contribute to policy making in reforming academic assessment and careers in Europe.

STAFF-DEV has three strands:

  • Research - to build up a Europe-wide knowledge and evidence base on staff development and academic assessment approaches, as well as how they are embedded into L&T strategies, at European HEIs.
  • Peer-learning and capacity building - through a series of peer-learning groups and masterclasses offering training on staff development design and implementation, and recognition for teaching.
  • Policy - with practice-based recommendations and advocacy towards policy makers, based on lessons learnt from the research and peer-learning strands.

The project will promote interconnected higher education systems by looking at how staff development works in transnational cooperation, as well as by ultimately supporting higher education institutions to implement the Recommendations for Enhancement of HE L&T from the Bologna Process, which address staff development.

STAFF-DEV is led by EUA in a consortium with four leading universities from Europe bringing together strong expertise and complementary profiles in the area of staff development in teaching, teaching enhancement, institutional strategy and capacity building in learning and teaching, and a shared interest towards the role of teaching in academic careers.

The project runs from January 2024 until December 2026. It is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

For further information about the project, please contact

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