This unit provides participants with a flexible, practice-based approach to practice enhancement. Participants select to engage with professional development activities integral to their practice. Whilst these individual activities are to be assessed holistically through one mode of summative assessment, it is important that the activities are understood and reflected upon to ensure successful synthesis and incorporation into practice as they are experienced. The summative assessment consists of a reflective narrative that evidences engagement and impact of specific professional development activities on practice.

Unit Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on their participation in practice-based professional development activities;
  2. Use appropriate literature to inform their professional development activities and practice;
  3. Create an informed action plan that evidences the rationale of intended changes to their own practice and/or workplace improvement activities.


Professional development activities are selected by the individual and fully tailored to the individual, their needs, priorities and aspirations that will enable them to grow further as a teacher in HE. FLEX activities are agreed with the unit leader.

Open courses such as #creativeHE and Flexible, Open and Social Learning can be used as part of FLEX. More information about FLEX activity opportunities »

Unit Assessment

The assessment in the FLEX unit is portfolio-based and will capture critical reflection on professional development activities and impact on practice. A digital portfolio will be used to encourage creative expression in a variety of media while also providing extended opportunities to share the portfolio with others, including the unit leader, to seek formative feedback on work-in-progress and engage in developmental conversations. Word count: 1500 words or equivalent.


For more information please study the unit handbook, access the FLEX website and also contact the Unit Leader Chrissi Nerantzi if you have further questions (email: c.nerantzi@mmu.ac.uk Twitter: @chrissinerantzi)


FLEX Surgeries

Monthly meetings to find out more about FLEX or get help with your FLEX activities. Dates and booking »


We also run specific Portfolio Surgeries »


As well as registering below, in some circumstances you may need to complete an application form to study this unit. Please check on the application form page »

In brief


  • Develop as a reflective practitioner
  • Establish practices that lead to ongoing enhancement of learning
  • The unit is practice-based, flexible, fully tailored to professional needs and aspirations
  • A very broad range of activities can be included

Mode of study: online

Number of sessions: one introductory session

Type of session: one face to face session with one to one tutorial support as required

Assessment type and size:
1500 word portfolio (or equivalent)

Prior knowledge/experience required: Teaching or student support experience.

When will it run: year round

Unit leader/contact: Chrissi Nerantzi

Delivery Dates and Registration

NB: timetables for units that are currently running can be found at the bottom of this page. Go to current timetables »

Autumn 2020

Self-directed study begins:
Tuesday 29th September

1:00pm - 02:00pm

Venue: online


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Flex 15

Taught sessions on - introductory session only

29 Sept 2020
Introductory Session online
11 Jan 2021 Assignment Submission Moodle

Spring 2021

Self-directed study begins:
Monday 11th January

1:00pm - 03:00pm

Venue: Sandra Burslem G.05 (introductory session only)


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Taught sessions on introductory session only

11 Jan 2021 Introductory Session SB G.05
26 April 2021 Assignment Submission Moodle

Summer 2021

Self-directed study begins:
Wednesday 28th April

10:00am - 12:00pm

Venue: Room 105, All Saints Building (introductory session only)


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Taught sessions on introductory session only

28 April 2021 Introductory Session All Saints 105
13th Sept 2021 Assignment Submission Moodle


Timetables for currently running units:


Taught sessions began: Tuesday 19th May 2020, 10:00am

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Taught sessions on - introductory session only

19 May Introductory session online
14 Sept 2020 Assignment Submission Moodle


Please contact the UTA CPD team if you have any queries.