SEDA's activities focus on five main areas:

Professional Development
SEDA offers a range of professional development opportunities to individuals and institutions; including the Senior Fellowship, Fellowship and Associate Fellowship schemes, courses in supporting and leading educational change and the Professional Development Framework (PDF).

Conferences and Events
SEDA organises and runs two residential conferences each year, a Writing Retreat and occasional one-day events.

SEDA publishes SEDA Papers and SEDA Specials on topical issues, Educational Developments magazine, the journal IETI (Innovations in Education and Teaching International), and the SEDA series of books in collaboration with Routledge.

SEDA’s Scholarship and Research Committee promotes research, scholarship and evaluation in staff and educational development as a means of bringing about understanding of, and further improvements in, our practices.

Membership Services
SEDA members benefit from a range of services, including regular mailings, copies of SEDA publications, eligibility to apply for the SEDA Research and Development Grants as well as discounts on publications.

Special Interest Group
On technology-enhanced practice:


PEBL - Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning

SEDA is a partner in this ACU-led project which is designed to address the critical academic staff shortages many east African universities are currently facing. It will enable universities to share scarce teaching resources through quality assured, credit-bearing degree courses, delivered through blended learning. The project is supported by DfID's SPHEIR programme.
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Extending and Reinforcing Good Practice in Teacher Development

A project funded under the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships scheme implemented from September 2016 until August 2019. The project aims to enhance the quality of university education in Europe through facilitating the professional development of university teachers.
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E-Taleb - Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Lebanese Universities

SEDA is involved as a partner in The Professional Standards Framework for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Lebanese Universities “E-TALEB” project. This is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The main aim of the project is to develop a Lebanese Professional Standards Framework in Teaching and Learning (LBPSF).
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Measuring the Impact of the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning
In July 2012, the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) was commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) to conduct an evaluation of the impact of the UK Professional Standard Framework (UKPSF), reporting in March 2013. The project will evaluate awareness, understanding and use of the UKPSF at the institutional and individual level and will provide recommendations to the HEA on fostering the use of the UKPSF and future research in this area.
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JISC Digital Literacies Programme
SEDA was successful in its bid to JISC to support the Digital Literacies Programme with 11 other sector bodies and professional associations.
DDL project final report

Embed-IT Project
From January to November 2010 SEDA worked with JISC and University of Strathclyde Glasgow on a project to embed across a number of professional associations and institutions, the outcomes of a previous JISC project called WORK-WITH-IT. The WORK-WITH-IT framework and toolkit were designed to aid HEI change managers in ensuring readiness for working effectively with information technology. We worked with professional bodies such as SCONUL, AMOSSHE, HEA and LFHE to develop and test these support mechanisms and embed these in the professional practice of members. This was achieved by leveraging SEDA’s professional and sector knowledge and contacts to act as a broker and conduit to ensure that the support mechanisms identified by Work-with-IT were adopted and embedded by relevant sector organisations and professional bodies.

Project Plan
Project Officer Lesley Gourlay

Project Director (SEDA) Julie Hall SFSEDA

Co-operation with the Higher Education Academy
SEDA ran from July 2008 to July 2010, under contract to the Higher Education Academy, the Supporting Academic Staff Reference Group on Academic Development. The Reference Group, chaired by Dame Janet Ritterman, was intended to enhance communications, relationships and collaborative working between the Higher Education Academy Subject Centres, Academy York, and other organisations active in academic development in higher education. The Group was supported by, but functioned independent of, the Academy. The Group linked with the Academy primarily through the Academy’s Supporting Academic Staff Facilitation Group. Membership of the group is described in the attached account of the Principles and Purposes for the Group.

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