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: 3000 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)


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:
3000 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

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 »

Autumn 2021

Online introductory session:
Wednesday 29th September

1:00pm - 02:00pm

Venue: online


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Taught sessions on Wednesday 1-2pm

29 Sept 2021 Session 1 online
13 Oct Session 2 online
27 Oct Session 3 online
24 Nov Session 4 online
10 Jan 2022 Final Submission Deadline Moodle

Spring 2022

Online introductory session:
Monday 10th January

1:00pm - 02:00pm

Venue: online


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Taught sessions on Monday 1-2pm

10 Jan 2022 Session 1 online
24 Jan Session 2 online
7 Feb Session 3 online
14 Mar Session 4 online
25 April 2022 Final Submission Deadline Moodle

Summer 2022

Online introductory session:
Wednesday 27th April

10:00am - 12:00pm

Venue: online


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Taught sessions on Wednesday 10am - 12 noon

27 April 2022 Session 1 online
11 May Session 2 online
25 May Session 3 online
29 June Session 4 online
12 Sept 2022 Final Submission Deadline Moodle


Timetables for currently running units:


Taught sessions began: Wednesday 28th April 2021, 10:00am

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Introductory session/drop in sessions Wednesdays

28 April 2021 10-11am Introductory Session online
5 May 11am-12 noon Drop in online
26 May 11am-12 noon Drop in online
30 June 11am-12 noon Drop in online
13th Sept 2021 Assignment Submission Moodle


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