ACU Course in University Administrative Practice

Supporting the professional development of university administrators across the Commonwealth

The ACU believes that university administrative staff, particularly at mid-career level, are sometimes undervalued as a profession – and consequently have the potential to contribute much more effectively to their institutions.

One way of addressing this issue was to provide opportunities for accredited professional development and recognition. To fulfil this, the ACU worked with the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) to develop and design a course which allowed administrators to exchange experience, consider real-life examples, and encourage the development of innovative solutions.

SEDA provided recognition and accreditation for professional development activity in higher education, both in the UK and internationally. Participants received a SEDA award in Developing Professional Practice upon successful completion of the course.

This programme is currently on hold and the ACU has no plans to offer the course in the near future.

The 2017 programme 

The course ran for six months, commencing in June 2017. The programme included a face-to-face workshop at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August 2017, and post-workshop assignments. 

2015 pilot programme: Administrative Staff Training Initiative 

Information about the 2015 pilot in London, is available online.