Teaching excellence

Digital education

We ensure that Leeds students, wherever they are in the world, have access to a first-class digital education which enables them to learn in a flexible and independent way.

The University’s Digital Education Service - which won the 2015 Association for Learning Technology team award - supports staff to create digital resources and to create innovative online courses.

How we support digital education:

  • Our lecture capture and multimedia management system is installed in all our central teaching spaces.
  • Leeds students and external learners around the world can access 48 online courses on the FutureLearn platform
  • Minerva gives students access to digital resources, interactive online learning activities, collaborative learning tools, fully online and blended learning modules.
  • We are redesigning learning spaces to reflect staff and students desire to learn collaboratively, using digital technology.
  • Our mobile app supports students in their studies, providing personalised content and easy access to a range of services, such as timetables and their library record

Read our Digital Learning for Student Education strategy

Teaching excellence

The Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence supports teaching innovation and scholarship at the University.

It provides funding, time and support for student education leaders to develop their profile and to carry out research and innovation projects with internal and external impact.

The institute brings together a community of research and innovation in teaching practice, and works to foster national and global networks including a visiting international fellowship.

Leeds achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017

Teaching development and leadership

The University is committed to the professional development of all its staff who teach or support learning. We provide a range of opportunities for colleagues to develop their student education practice. These include a bespoke recognition and accreditation scheme.

We also offer the following development opportunities:

  • Our Professional Recognition Scheme, accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), provides the opportunity for colleagues to achieve Associate or Senior Fellowships of the HEA.
  • Our Teaching Enhancement Scheme allows each school to identify aspects of its education practice that may benefit from review or development.
  • The University Student Education Fellowship (USEF) Scheme recognises colleagues who are developing new approaches to student education.
  • Networks give our staff the opportunity to explore their approaches to student education, debate new ideas and develop new ways of engaging students.
  • We provide programmes of workshops, webinars and masterclasses on key aspects of student education, such as designing for learning, making lectures more interactive, and the use of technology to enhance learning.