- Continuing Professional Development


Third call for bids to the CPD Development Fund - Deadline Extended

Tue Nov 17 11:21:00 GMT 2009

The University is pleased to announce the third call for bids to the CPD Development Fund.

Established in October 2008, the fund seeks to encourage University staff to work with external employers to investigate and develop CPD opportunities which meet the needs of their staff.

To date 16 bids have been funded. The CPD Support & Development Office is now inviting further proposals.

The fund supports two types of applications:

Projects should be demand-led, and should either address an individual employer’s training and development requirements, or more generally, respond to the needs of a particular sector.

The following proposals were funded at the last round of bids held in Spring 2009:

First Stage Funding:
Dr Michael Forsyth (Architecture & Civil Engineering)
To work with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and other architectural, surveying and engineering practices to raise the awareness of building construction professionals of the opportunity of M level CPD courses and to identify and clarify their particular needs.
Dr Momna Hejmadi (Biology & Biochemistry)
To carry out market research in liaison with industrial collaborators and heads of schools to scope the demand for practical research skills training and entrepreneurship for professionals working in the biotechnology sector.
Dr Dehong Huo (Mechanical Engineering)
To scope the demand for short CPD blended learning courses for engineering professionals working in the aerospace industry who require enhanced knowledge and skills in large-volume metrology and metrology for composite materials.
Mr Peter Mellett (Faculty of Engineering & Design)
To work with the Wessex Chambers of Commerce to alert employers in the region to the opportunity of tailor-made demand-led CPD provision offered via distance learning, to clarify employer needs and to investigate how appropriate CPD opportunities could be developed.
Mr Roger Southard (Wiltshire College)
To establish the scope of the demand for refresher (CPD) courses for qualified social workers in social work theory, its application to practice and the role of professional supervision.
Dr Sarah White (International Development)
To investigate how organisations are working with wellbeing and to assess demand for CPD opportunities in wellbeing analysis for development professionals.
Second Stage Funding:
Mr Tim Bilham (School for Health)
To work with the School of Primary Care in the Severn Deanery to develop a continuing professional development programme for GPs in training and other healthcare professionals within primary healthcare.
Prof Richard Harris (Architecture & Civil Engineering)
To develop short CPD opportunities for construction industry engineers from the South West and London. The courses will provide training on Eurocodes, a suite of design standards which the UK construction industry will be required by European Law to adopt in 2010.
Dr Andy Weyman (Psychology)
To develop short CPD courses for professionals working in the area of occupational health and safety. The courses will be developed in collaboration with two partner organisations, the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) and RWE nPower.
For further information see the details of the criteria for bids.
For questions or help and guidance please contact cpd@bath.ac.uk or call 6411 or 3745.
Proposals should be submitted to cpd@bath.ac.uk by 29 January 2010 (extended deadline).