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HE Today


HE Today is built around the concept of the critically reflective practitioner. The unit encourages participants to engage with the theory and practice of higher education today, as these apply in different professional contexts. It asks participants to reflect on their own role and practice in a changing Higher Education environment, and facilitates the development of an individual programme of Continuous Professional Development, premised on a course of study which continues beyond the unit itself to completion of an MA in Higher Education.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate their role in higher education, in the context of political, social and regulatory changes.
  2. Evaluate current concepts and theories relating to a variety of aspects of higher education, and apply them to their own professional practice.
  3. Identify appropriate responses to higher education challenges, in the context of the specific needs of particular working environments.
  4. Explain the needs of a diverse student and staff body, and analyse institutional approaches to diversity.
  5. Draw on pedagogical practitioner research to inform their own professional development, in order to establish a personal philosophy of higher education and an action plan for their Continuous Professional Development.

Unit Assessment

Journal review (formative assessment).  Each student to review a journal article and to receive peer and tutor feedback on that review.

A theoretically informed reflective case study of the participant’s own role within the higher education professional working environment (summative assessment).

The case study will extend to approximately 4000-5000 words, or negotiated equivalent (for example, a 2000 word written commentary illustrated by a 10 minute video).


For more information contact the Unit Leader Stephanie Aldred

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


  • Extend your knowledge and understanding of the broader areas in which HE operates
  • A broad introduction to HE which allows participants to locate their professional practice and MA study in a relevant context

Number of sessions: 5

Type of session: workshop

Assessment type and size:
4000-5000 word written case study (alternative formats by negotiation)

Prior knowledge/experience required: Participants must be working in some kind of HE capacity. Suitable for those in a non-teaching professional role.

When will it run: autumn term, summer term

Unit leader/contact: Stephanie Aldred

Delivery Dates and Registration

Please note: Units are delivered online. Processing time required for applications and preparation time for participants means that the last registration date cannot be extended

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

Spring 2022

Online sessions begin:
Tuesday 11th January

2:00pm - 03:30pm

Venue: online


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HE Today

Taught sessions on Tuesday 2.00-3.30pm

11 Jan 2022 Session 1 online
8 Feb Session 2 online
8 Mar Session 3 online
25 April 2022 Final Submission Deadline Moodle


Timetables for currently running units:


Taught sessions began: Tuesday 28th September 2021, 10:00am

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HE Today

Taught sessions on Tuesdays 10.00-11.30am

28 Sept 2021 Session 1 online
26 Oct Session 2 online
23 Nov Session 3 online
10 Jan 2022 Final Submission Deadline Moodle


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