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Understand your role in higher education – and develop your career

15 May 2020

Applications are open for the PgCert in Higher Education programme 2020/21 entry and are welcome from academic staff and PS colleagues

PgCert in Higher Education

The programme is free to University of Manchester staff and can play an important role in enhancing your professional development. 

Its aim is to help you think more critically about your contribution to the University, as well as to develop a better understanding of the sector-wide changes in the Higher Education landscape.  For example, in January 2018, we were delighted to host a Q&A event with The President and Vice-Chancellor.  This allowed current and former participants to speak in detail about the issues pertinent to the HE sector covered by the programme.  

Over 180 of your colleagues have graduated from the programme since 2014. The programme is coordinated through Manchester Institute of Education and delivered by colleagues from around the University.  

There is a choice of course units that include topics such as:

  • thinking critically about policy (and the ideologies that underpin it) at a time in which the sector moves towards unprecedented levels of institutional competition and comparison.
  • looking at open practice, education and access, connecting open practices from across the University. Participants contribute to an open educational resource via an open publication. 
  • exploring a range of assessment and feedback techniques to suit a Faculty’s evolving courses

If you would like to arrange a phone conversation with Michael O’Donoghue, the Programme Director please email

A former participant - Jennifer O’Brien (Lecturer in Human Geography, SEED) writes:

"This course has been so incredibly valuable. As you’d expect, the staff are utterly knowledgeable and approachable and the sessions well delivered and enjoyable. Moreover, the opportunity to share ideas and insights with colleagues from across the university has been priceless. The neat bit is that you can structure your learning and assessment around your current working practice and duties."

The deadline for applications is Friday, 17 July 2020. All semester one units will be delivered online in a blended, flexible way.

Further information