Professional Development and Training

There is good advice and support available regarding your career and professional development as a teacher at UNSW.

The benefits of attending a regular Journal Club

Journal Clubs are a great way to promote learning across clinical and academic departments, across training programs and for postgraduate groups. Lots of good evidence showing improvement in critical thinking / appraisal skills, other evidence-based practice skills and in gaining of topic knowledge.

How can I set one up?

Here are some links to the best advice I’ve found plus some suggestions re format for evidence-based journal clubs

2 versions of organising an EBP journal club:

Final tips

  • The top tip from all these sources is to make sure there is a strong leader to get the club set up and to keep it going - but there needs to be discussion with the group (to promote ownership and maximise learning benefit). So - the whole group could contribute to decisions re:  What sort of journal club do you want? / What topics to cover/ How to arrange the sessions / and When to meet = weekly/ fortnightly, etc
  • Reflect back to a journal club that you were part of that worked well – what made it successful? Find a club that is working well and seek some advice and support from the organizer. 

Pressed for Time?

If you don’t have time to attend your local club or can’t get enough interest in starting a journal club – try searching the internet for podcasts from other people’s journal clubs and cases – If you find a quality source, these can be really good for keeping you up to date!  

Some great sites:

Education programs

The following professional development programs focused in education are available for staff with teaching responsibilities at UNSW:

Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT)
FULT is compulsory for all new continuing and fixed term (longer than 12 month contract) academic staff with teaching duties at all levels (A-E) employed since the beginning of 2018. For these staff, FULT should be completed within the first 12 months of commencing work at the University. The FULT program is offered to UNSW teaching staff who wish to develop their practice by exploring a range of perspectives, ideas, theories, and practical approaches to learning and teaching in the higher education context.

Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT)
The program is designed to help both new and experienced UNSW teaching and educational development staff develop a scholarly approach to teaching and student learning. GCULT is offered by the School of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science. For further information please email:

Other useful resources

Course and Teacher Evaluation

myExperience is a new digital survey that has replaced the previous UNSW course evaluation tool of CATEI. It fully replaced CATEI in October 2016. It will evaluate at both course and teaching levels. This is a more automated system than CATEI in terms of creating the request and report. The previous administrators of CATEI  within your school/unit will be able to assist you with any questions you might have about it.

Academic Performance Management
This sets out the UNSW policy on setting, reviewing and developing academic staff performance with the ultimate purpose of improving individual and organisational capability and performance.

Course Design Resources

Use these tools to help you design and deliver courses that meet the UNSW course design standards: