Education Development Service (EDS)

EDS works with academic schools, staff, students, professional services and BCUSU, bringing together innovators and their good practice to address priorities in the University's Strategic Plan.

For students

Centre for Academic Success - students

CAS is here for all and can advise you on a range of academic, technical and numerical topics. With one to one tutorials, regular workshops, and our collection of online resources we can aid you in developing these skills.


Graduate+ is an awards programme which records a range of activities in addition to your degree. These are recorded within your own award on the Graduate+ website as you work towards Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level.

Hardship fund                                           

The University’s hardship fund provides help to students experiencing financial difficulties due to an unplanned shortfall in funding. A number of funds are offered to support you to achieve a positive outcome from your time here.

For staff

Academic Professional Apprenticeship/PGCert

The APA/PGCert(HE) is designed for new to HE staff who have a responsibility for learning, teaching assessment. Find out about the course commitments or register your interest.

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HEA fellowships (PSF scheme)

The University's Professional Standards Framework can help you to achieve Fellowship of the HEA. Book an introductory workshop, or see how to submit an application.

Individual professional development

Staff can access a range of individual professional development opportunities, including the online PGCert, and a variety of accredited SEDA courses.

Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching

TELT supports and advises academic staff across the University with learning technology, including Moodle and Mahara. Support is provided via email, telephone, in-person and workshops.

Centre for Academic Success - staff

CAS works with staff from across the University to explore and address students' needs in academic and assessment literacy skills. Access our resources, or find out who to contact to help embed these.

Academic programme support

Academic Programme Support can advise on a range of programme, course and module enquiries. Find out about our support for course leaders, course team consultancy and LEGs.

Conferences and events                            

EDS deliver several conferences and events throughout the year. Find out more about these, and how to attend.

Student and staff partnership projects

Our projects provide opportunities for students and staff to design interventions that improve the student experience. See more on SAP and StAMP and the Learning Labs that accompany them.

Education Development Service library

Our EDS library contains a variety of resources. These include guidance documents, case studies, journal articles other publications.

Get in touch

We have a strong ethos for partnership working and welcome collaboration from across the institution. Please get in touch for a conversation about enhancing the staff and student learning experience.

EDS Contacts

Melanie-Marie Haywood

Director of the Education Development Service

Rachel Curzon

Head of Digital Academic Practice

Maggie Gibson

Head of Learner Development

Rachel Sproson

Hardship Funds Manager

Marisa Parker

Finance and Administration Manager

See our full staff listing