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Centre for Academic Leadership & Development Staff

The Centre for Academic Leadership and Development is based at Heriot-Watt's Postgraduate Centre and builds on the on-going success of its award-winning Academic Enhancement department.

It delivers University-wide development programmes - such as Heriot-Watt Crucible, Research Futures, the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), and Heriot-Watt Engage, whilst also leading prominent national initiatives - including Scottish Crucible and the KE Scotland Conference, and forging new collaborative activities with external research and HE institutions.

Research and teaching excellence

The Centre has a pivotal role in delivering the University's new Learning and Teaching Strategy through offering development opportunities which cross the arbitrary line sometimes drawn between teaching and research.
Prof John Sawkins, Deputy Principal for Learning & Teaching

The Centre for Academic Leadership and Development aims to support and facilitate research and teaching excellence by the institution’s entire academic community - from PhD students and research associates to lecturers and professorial staff.The name of the new Centre reflects our renewed focus and aspirations for academic development and impact at Heriot-Watt University.

By continuing to deliver innovative and inspiring leadership and development opportunities, we aim to provide practical ways to help accomplish the University's new Strategic Plan.The Advisory Group for the Centre for Academic Leadership and Development includes Deputy Principals, Prof Garry Pender and Prof John Sawkins; Senior Dean, Prof Phil John; and Director of HRD, Mr Mark Adderley.