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Professional Learning Opportunities:

Level 11 Module: Widening Participation from School to Higher Education

University of Strathclyde, School of Education. Offered Academic Year 2023 – 2024

Informal enquiries welcome:


CDN Professional Learning Mini Bites

The College Development Network have created a series of professional learning mini-bites, free to access.

These currently consist of materials on Behaviour Management, Neurodiversity, and Sustainability.


CDN Podcasts

A series of short segments on themes including Leadership Matters and Pedagogy Matters.


CDN Leadership and Management Courses

CDN have a series of programmes for developing leaders and managers in the tertiary sector.

Note – costs/fees apply.


Universal Evaluation Framework

This is an open access tool for planning evaluations or for gathering evaluative evidence created by Prof Stella Jones-Devitt and Prof Liz Austen.

Care-Experience and Corporate Parenting

Materials for understanding and supporting Care-Experienced students, and responsibilities of Corporate Parenting.

Corporate Parenting for Universities

This course hosted by the Open University takes 1-2 hours to complete and is based on the lived experience of care-experienced students. It has optional activities and opportunities to reflect on your role in improving outcomes for care-experienced students and you can gain a digital badge.


Corporate Parenting for Colleges

This is a self-enrolled course hosted by CDN Online, which takes 1-2 hours. It uses the voice of Care Experiences students in Scotland to enhance understanding of how they can be supported in education contexts. It has been updated in 2023. Please note you must create a free user for CDN Learn.


Each and Every Child Podcast Series

Creating a fresh narrative around Care Experience in Scotland

Student Carers

Supporting Student Carers

On this page from the Carers Trust you will find materials for college and university staff. These materials include downloadable resources and free self-directed, e-modules that you can use within your university or college.


Digital & Hybrid:

HE Innovate – Let’s Talk: ChatGPT

This YouTube webinar covers the pros and cons of ChatGPT  with examples of how it is being used in HE and its impact on HE.


Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world

This free course by the Open University, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or everyday life.


Social Media for Widening Participation

A summary of social media platforms and functionality.

With thanks to Monica Anderson (University of Glasgow) for developing this resource.

Learning & Teaching:

Student Transitions and Skills and Strategies resources

The QAA have reviewed and updated their resources on student transitions to celebrate 20 Years of Enhancement. See also


Taking your teaching online

The Open University have compiled resources to take your teaching online.




Trauma Informed Practice

NHS Education for Scotland have developed a set of resources to promote and implement trauma informed practice within Scotland.

While developed for the NHS these materials are also useful for professionals in educational contexts.


Mental Health Tips and Resources

Free resources from the Open University.


Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Mental Health Foundation Scotland, Digital Bricks Learning and Children’s Health Scotland have created a Professional Learning Resource for School Staff.

It is open access and available to anyone who may find it of benefit.


College Development Network – Trauma Informed College Programme

The ambitious new Trauma-Informed College Programme is aimed at facilitating the creation of a trauma-informed culture in every college in Scotland.


College Development Network – Wellbeing Resources

Resources relevant for all college staff, to support and protect wellbeing.

Includes: Mental health, promoting positive behaviour in class, care experience, cyber security.

Note – courses require a CDN login