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Open for Business Professional development opportunities at Cardiff University

The Professional Development Team

Based in Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN) the Professional Development Team (PDT) initiates, supports and manages a range of CPD activities.

The PDT offer a gateway for businesses to access the wide range of expertise available within Cardiff University, working with academic staff to facilitate the dissemination of the University’s research and knowledge to the business community.

The PDT run Open for Business, an established, annual portfolio of professional development courses, as well as providing bespoke training specifically tailored to an organisation’s individual needs.

What the Professional Development Team do

The principle aim of the PDT is to grow and develop Cardiff University’s contribution to continuing professional development (CPD) and employer engagement, increasing awareness of the range of CPD opportunities that the University can provide.

We currently engage with SMEs, large businesses and institutions, public and voluntary sector organisations, and internal academic schools, to develop new and bespoke courses to meet the specific needs of organisations and support the core excellence of Cardiff University.

As well as running the Open for Business programme of short courses, the Team works to support the workforce development activities of the University’s Schools and Divisions, facilitating the development or expansion of CPD activities.

The PDT also convene the Cardiff University CPD Network (launched in June 2009). It is an informal network of colleagues who are interested in CPD activities, and aims to improve Cardiff University’s capacity and ability to deliver appropriate professional development.

If you are a member of staff and would like to know more about how we can support your CPD activities, please click here.

Contact Us


Clare Sinclair

Business Development Manager
Tel: 029 2087 5451
Sinclairc@cardiff.ac.uk

Charlotte Stephenson

Development Officer
Tel: 029 2087 9119
Stephensoncj1@cardiff.ac.uk

College of Biomedical & Life Sciences

Katie McDermott

Development Officer
Tel: 029 2087 4638
McDermottK@Cardiff.ac.uk

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Kate Sunderland

Development Officer
Tel: 029 2087 9119
SunderlandK@Cardiff.ac.uk

College of Physical Sciences & Engineering

Gail Thomas

Administrative Officer
Tel: 029 2087 5274
Thomasgl4@cardiff.ac.uk