Prof Stephen Gentleman with a student in the lab

Programme Development and Support

The Academic Development Team is situated in FoM PGT and works with individuals and module and programme teams on various aspects of teaching and learning design and delivery.

We work as collaborators, consultants, critical friends, co-designers, or sounding boards with individuals and programme teams who are engaged in the activities described in the expandable area below.

Programme Development and Support

Further details on programme development and support

At programme or module level

For module leads, programme leads and programme teaching teams, we can help when you are:

  • Developing key aspects of module or programme design or delivery.
  • Seeking feedback or a sounding board on module or programme design, delivery or documentation.
  • Designing new modules or programmes for PEB or FEC approval.
  • Reviewing existing modules or programmes for PEB or FEC approval.
  • Making minor or major revisions to existing modules or programmes.

At Session level

For Teaching Fellows, Academics, Post-doctoral researchers and Graduate Teaching Assistants, or any staff with teaching responsibilities, we can help when you are:

  • Designing activities for a seminar, workshop or lecture.
  • Designing teaching materials for a seminar, workshop or lecture.
  • Experimenting with new approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Seeking feedback or a sounding board on session materials, ideas and practices.
  • Adapting teaching practices to new contexts or cohorts.

We support colleagues at both session, module and programme level in designing, developing and engaging with:

  • aims and learning outcomes for workshops, modules, or programmes
  • assessment strategies and practices
  • marking rubrics and criteria
  • feedback strategies and practices (formative and summative)
  • materials, platforms and resources development
  • activities for one to one, small group, or large group sessions
  • student and community engagement strategies
  • a sense of cohort and informal learning spaces
  • core priorities, such as employability, inclusivity, equality, authenticity, welfare, attainment, sustainability
  • Independent learning and peer learning
  • student partnership in design and delivery
  • communication strategies
  • evaluation and review strategies

If you are engaged in any of the above activities and would like to discuss this with the Academic Development Team, please contact the Academic Development Team members assigned to your department:

Brain Sciences

Elaina Maginn, Transformation Fellow
Alexandra Pitt, Senior Academic Developer

Immunology and Inflammation

Elaina Maginn, Transformation Fellow
Alexandra Pitt, Senior Academic Developer

Infectious Disease

Elaina Maginn, Transformation Fellow
Alexandra Pitt, Senior Academic Developer

Surgery and Cancer

Elaina Maginn, Transformation Fellow
Alexandra Pitt, Senior Academic Developer

Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Anna Maria Jones, Transformation Fellow (
Latha Ramakrishnan, Transformation Fellow (

National Heart and Lung Institute

Anna Maria Jones, Transformation Fellow (
Latha Ramakrishnan, Transformation Fellow (

School of Public Health

Anna Maria Jones, Transformation Fellow (
Latha Ramakrishnan, Transformation Fellow (

Summary of the table's contents

We welcome new ways of working together. Please get in touch with Alexandra Pitt ( if you have further suggestions not mentioned here.

ADT Explore Series

Between November 2020 and February 2021, the Academic Development Team will develop our Explore series of professional and practice development opportunities for FoM PGT colleagues who hold teaching and learning responsibilities. These are:

  • Explore PGT Pedagogies
  • Explore Teacher Identity and Recognition
  • Explore Module Leadership

These projects will include audiovisual resources, toolkits, workshops and events to be launched in February 2021.

In the meantime, a number of workshops will be piloted in November, December and January. If you would like to attend, please find dates and details for the autumn term below, as well as contact details for each project.

ADT Explore Series

Explore PGT Pedagogies

We will be repeating two workshops entitled ‘Managing the Online Learning Space’ and ‘Evaluating your Teaching’ three times each in the first instance, as detailed below. These workshops will take place online through Microsoft Teams.

Managing the online learning space

This workshop seeks to explore practical management of the online learning space throughout implementation of pre-designed teaching, by looking into how we might authentically gauge student learning, adapt to cohort diversity, and use a holistic perspective to inform appropriate decision making and sensitive intervention where necessary.

  • Monday 9 November 17.00 - 18.30
  • Tuesday 24 November 12.00 - 13.30
  • Wednesday 9 December 09.00 - 10.30

Evaluating your teaching

This workshop is intended to provide participants with key concepts and theoretical models that can inform how we assess our own teaching practice, from one-off teaching to broader evaluation.

  • Monday 16 November 17.00 - 18.30
  • Tuesday 1 December 12.00 - 13.30
  • Wednesday 16 December 09.00 - 10.30

All teaching staff within the Faculty are invited to attend either or both of the above workshops, but please note that workshops are capped at 20 attendees per session.

If you are interested in attending either of the sessions listed above, please email indicating the specific session you would like to attend.

Explore Teacher Identity and Recognition

All staff (Academics and Teaching Fellows, but also Research Associates, Programme Administrators and Research Technicians) who are involved in the planning and delivering of Learning and Teaching within the Faculty of Medicine are invited to attend the following workshops towards the preparation of Fellowship applications for the Higher Education Academy via the Imperial STAR framework, at appropriate levels (Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow).

We will be running a set of 3 workshops for AFHEA/FHEA this term and 3 workshops for SFHEA next term. These will be repeated every term and they are complementary to but different from STAR workshops run by the Educational Development Unit.

It is advisable to attend all three workshops as they cover different aspects of the application process and writing, however, you are welcome to attend specific sessions alone.

  • Workshop 1: Reflectively mapping UKPSF to your practice - Thursday 10 December 13.00 - 14.30
  • Workshop 2: Teaching philosophies and your practice - Monday 14 December 13.00 - 14.30
  • Workshop 3: Evidencing impact of your practice - Wednesday 16 December 13.00 - 14.30

To help with your writing, we also provide protected time and space at our writing retreats and/or allocate dedicated mentors to provide you with bespoke feedback throughout your application journey.

The first writing retreat will be held on Thursday 17 December 10.00 - 12.15

Please note that workshops are capped at 20 attendees per session and writing retreat capped at 10 attendees per session.

To sign-up or to request a mentor, please email Latha Ramakrishnan ( indicating the specific session(s) you would like to attend.

Explore Module Leadership

We are designing a short course and tool kit to support FoM PGT module leads, or those who aspire to module leadership, in establishing and developing their roles. The course will comprise a series of workshops centred around collaborative module design and delivery, within the context of coordinating and providing a positive learning and teaching experience for students and staff.

If you would like to express interest in attending the first run of the course in February, or you would like to get involved in developing the project, please e-mail Elaina Maginn (