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What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

One of the University’s key objectives is to be recognised as a centre of choice for continuing and professional education. CPD is a means of supporting people in the workplace to understand more about the environment in which they work, the job they do and how to do it better.

In the rapidly changing environment in which we find ourselves, ensuring employees continue to develop their skills to the fullest will help organisations to remain innovative, competitive and up-to-date with the latest industry developments.

CPD can be delivered in a number of different ways:

Short Course
These courses generally deliver Continuing Professional Development for either just a few days full-time or maybe once or twice a week for a period of several weeks.

CPD Conferences utilise a series of talks, workshops and presentations to deliver Continuing Professional Development. They tend to be relatively high-profile events and are often used to present/communicate new ideas or developments within a field.

Seminars tend to be focused on one specific area, and involve a relatively small group of people coming together with a seminar leader. The format tends to involve a mix of presentations and group discussion or debate. Delegates are generally expected to actively participate, asking questions and putting forward their own views and ideas.

Online Course / Webinar
Online Continuing Professional Development courses can either be downloadable courses which can be completed in the student’s own time, or require the delegate to log in and complete a training session at a set time. Web seminars, or “webinars”, are seminars which are transmitted live to the trainee’s computer, where they can interact with the seminar leader and ask questions by typing on their keyboard. Blended learning courses involve a combination of face to face interaction and online learning.

Customised Course
Customised courses are created and run specifically for the customer, either held on Universities facilities or at the customer’s offices, and will be tailored towards their specific requirements.

Workshops are a very interactive form of delivering Continuing Professional Development. They may include more practical sessions, and help by putting theory into practice by developing practical skills relevant to the workplace. They are often incorporated into other forms of CPD, such as short courses or conferences.