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CARD - who are we and what do we do?

The Centre for Academic and Researcher Development or CARD as we are more commonly known, provide a centre of excellence for academic and researcher development. We provide a suite of training and development programmes to support your research, teaching and learning, social responsibility and career advancement in an integrated and embedded way (see the CARD training continuum for further details).  Our aim is to develop a culture of lifelong development where staff and students receive both internal and external recognition for their work and achievements.

Dr Rachel Cowen
Dr Rachel Cowen

The team deliver over 200 courses per year supporting more than 3,000 participants ranging from students and staff, clinical and non-clinical, substantive and honorary, academic and professional services. We have over 20 years' experience developing and delivering interactive workshops, online learning and executive coaching.

Dr Rachel Cowen is the Director and co-founder of CARD as well as a Senior Lecturer and University Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (gender equality). She has extensive experience in cancer research and people and organisational development in higher education and the corporate sector.

If you would like to get in touch with the team please e-mail us at  Alternatively, you can download a copy of the CARD organogram or see full contact details for the professional services staff on the Teaching and Learning contacts pages.