Course leaders

The Course Leader role is a key role and one that many academics undertake at some stage during their time at ARU. Until recently, however, there has been little dedicated support for colleagues who serve in this crucial leadership role. Since 2016 Anglia Learning & Teaching has been working with colleagues from across the University to address this.


A key development has been the introduction of an increasingly comprehensive suite of course leader workshops. These has been developed with input from Deputy Deans, Faculty Directors of Learning, Teaching & Assessment, key staff in central services and other experienced Course Leaders.

New to course leadership? Exploring the course leader role

Tuesday 2 October, 2–5pm
Wednesday 3 October, 2–5pm

Course leadership: Quality assurance and enhancement

Tuesday 16 October, 2–5pm
Wednesday 17 October, 2–5pm

Supporting students – Meet the experts

Monday 29 October, 2–5pm
Wednesday 31 October, 2–5pm

Course leader's companion

We have created the Canvas community site, Course Leader’s Companion. The content is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction to course leadership
  • Drawing on data to drive enhancement
  • Teaching, learning and assessment
  • Tasks associated with the course leader role
  • Designing a new course
  • Student retention
  • Opportunities to make changes to your course
  • Course validation, revalidation and course review processes
  • Professional development opportunities.


ARU hosts an annual Course Leaders' conference each September. The theme of the 2017 conference was ‘Student Retention’. View the presentations from the conference. The 2018 Course Leaders' conference is taking place on 4 September in Cambridge.


Each Faculty convenes its own Course Leader Forums on a regular basis during the academic year. These provide an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of recent developments at ARU, and to share practice with other Course Leaders. Contact your Director of Learning Teaching & Assessment for more information on the dates/venues for Course Leader Forum meetings in your own Faculty.

DLTAs by Faculty

ALSS – Dr Liz Bradbury (
FHSCE – Sian Shaw (
FMS – Dr Mark Kerrigan (
FST – Dr Toby Carter (
LAIBS – Dr Steve McDonald (