About CELT

What do we do?

In this video Penny Sweasey, Head of CELT, introduces the support CELT can offer you with teaching and learning and developing programmes, and what resources are available and how to access them:

Our Mission

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) works to secure a consistent, high quality student experience through formal and informal continuing academic professional development (ACPD) opportunities for all staff at MMU. 

We can offer support and leadership, advice and guidance relating to all aspects of learning, teaching and assessment at MMU.  CELT staff work with all faculties and all professional teams – this gives us the opportunity to share the ‘bigger picture’ with colleagues and also to develop close working relationships. The CELT Staff page details which of our staff is the primary link for each faculty or team.

We support institutional priorities and projects that focus on areas of strategic importance, such as student engagement, progression and retention, education for global sustainability and employability. 

At the heart of the CELT mission is a belief that engaging teaching and learning will have a positive influence on student engagement, retention, progression, success and employability.

CELT will support institutional strategy through a range of on-going initiatives, including:

  • Strategic Policy Development  [Strategy for Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Assessment Planning, Design and Effectiveness, Supporting CMI, University-wide curriculum themes, Retention and Student Success, etc.]
  • Strategic Interventions   [Academic Induction / CPD, TPI Support, Reward and Recognition of Teaching, Professional Recognition, Observation of teaching, CPD for CPO]
  • Strategic Evaluation of Impact - of ‘a’ and ‘b’ on the student experience through scholarship of teaching and learning (funded SoTL projects), hosting pedagogic research networks, and supporting the evaluation of university-wide projects.

Through the development and implementation of policy, interventions and evaluation, CELT will seek to raise the confidence of its staff and students, recognising and rewarding teaching excellence, and instilling a sense of pride into being a teacher and / or learner at MMU.

This will be achieved through the ‘Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ project designed to embed cultural change to meet MMU Student Commitment and the Academic Vision through a focus on enhancing teaching and learning; systematically embedding high quality, innovative teaching and learning will provide excellent student experience and enable MMU to be identified as in the top 50 Universities for teaching and learning. 

The project has three broad thematic strands, centred on an action research model:



Click on a title for further information about each strand.

Strategic Policy Development
  1. Use the over-arching framework of the Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning to draw together inter-connected strands of activity across the University, and to raise the profile and quality of teaching in pursuit of ‘Top 50 for Teaching and Curriculum’ within the Academic Vision.
  2. Embed the Strategy for Learning, Teaching and Assessment into every aspect of professional practice and programme delivery.  This will be a major focus in the lead up to the QAA Higher Education review in 2016.
  3. CELT will play a leading role in developing approaches to an over-arching curriculum framework that will take appropriate cognisance of broad themes (Global Citizenship, Education for Sustainable Development, Internationalisation, and Employability).
Strategic Interventions
  1. Embed an effective system for identifying staff CPD needs, tracking and monitoring engagement and impact, and managing workload issues.  In parallel we will continue to provide specific, focussed and proactive work (through TPI and CMI) to ensure faculties are able to secure and improve student satisfaction, progression, retention and success based on structured approaches to curriculum development, induction, academic support. CELT will play a key part in the DVC Student Success Task Group response to target ‘hotspots’ of lower retention / progression and support retention strategy generally across functional teams.
  2. Drive the observation, sharing and evaluation of excellent practice.  This will depend upon an effective ‘enhancement’ model, supported by academics (including managers) trained by CELT in the skills of observation and feedback, to observe and provide objective evaluation of teaching in their own and other faculties.
  3. We aim to enhance teaching through dissemination of good practice within and beyond university via web, publications and sector engagements.  The Good Practice Exchange is a resource bank for academics to share their teaching resources and research.  Other institutions have open repositories, encouraging wider sharing and dissemination within and beyond the institution, and we should be highly visible, given our focus on teaching.  A Multimedia resource developer (currently employed as an intern to March 2014) has increased our capacity to produce high quality academic resources, including videos for internal and external showcasing – we wish to extend this beyond the six-month period as it is proving to have a high impact on raising esteem.   This post would also facilitate the development of resource for online staff development - web based learning.
  4. Promote innovation in learning, including a focus on pedagogic support for integrated technological practice, to ensure teaching and learning drives the use of technology and not the other way around.
  5. Build a sustainable approach to continuous improvement, and provide a powerful focus for the determination of T50, through strategies designed to achieve improved student feedback on teaching that places MMU above sector average and in the top quartile (by external measures).   We recognise the need to provide comprehensive support and development for Programme Leaders in support of the achievement of the Academic Vision and in response to NSS and ISS student feedback.
Strategic Evaluation of Impact
  1. CELT will encourage academic staff to reflect on their pedagogy with a view to enhancing the student experience and, in that process, it is anticipated that some staff will wish to follow a career route focussed on excellence in teaching and learning.  To achieve this goal, CELT will need to provide expertise for those staff to develop the appropriate research expertise to produce outputs that can be used as evidence up to professorial level.
  2. CELT aims to develop a shared scholarly understanding of what good teaching looks like and grow research into our own and sector practice, which will in turn inform programme design, teaching, and quality of student experience.  This will focus on building a pedagogic research community, with increased capacity to make effective external bids, build the institution’s reputation as a leading teaching establishment and embed evaluative research into policy and intervention.
  3. The last QAA Institutional Review highlighted good practice of funding for short-term academic practice fellowships – we are funding a new pedagogic research initiative, (8 small academic development scholarships of up to £8000 each per year)  to build capacity SoTL, helping academics to disseminate their good practice internally and externally and to ‘grow our own’ professors of teaching and learning.
  4. Focus on evaluation of impact of interventions and disseminate, internally and externally, how staff development has an impact on student engagement and success.  Key elements of this will be:
    • to increase and capitalise on integrated links with LRT and SPMI in managing and using internal and external data and intelligence, and to respond to sector-wide reports such as ECU re differential student success.
    • Enabling academic practice / teaching to be informed by resource efficiencies and effectiveness of pedagogy.
  5. To secure external funding and grow our ability to have an impact (and lead innovation) beyond MMU and thus impact on institutional esteem factors; (we have had increasing interest in collaborative activity from other HEIs who recognise MMU’s commitment to Teaching through the current expansion of the CELT team).
  6. To grow our knowledge exchange, e.g. providing commercial CPD, support and training for Collaborative Partners.  We have been asked by faculties and MMUI to develop online academic CPD (mirroring the offer to MMU home staff).  CELT would need additional academic and administrative staff to cover online PgCert and teaching enhancement activities (e.g. observation training); this would need funding through partnership articulations or as additional posts.




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