Important changes to CPD/Short Course costing and application processes  – along with news and successes from across the University

This information is relevant to all staff involved in the financing, administration, development and delivery of CPD and Short Courses.

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Launching September 2018

A new costing model for CPD and Short Courses has been agreed and a University wide pilot is planned for the start of the 2018/19 academic year. This model uses a method of assigning overhead costs that is proportionate to the type of activity (ie on site/off site, credit bearing/non credit bearing, DL) and is based on actual costs of these overheads. The tool also includes guidance on the pricing of courses and will support in identifying numbers required to break-even. A more detailed update on this has been sent to key staff involved in the CPD costing process and training sessions will be delivered early in September.


Launching September 2018

It has been recognised that there should be a change to the process for application and registration onto credit bearing short courses – As a result a new process, managed and administered by DSAA, will replace the Online Store for applications to all CBSCs from early in the 2018/19 academic year. The Flexible Curriculum Framework is being updated to reflect these changes. Once the new system is live, notifications will be sent to all key staff.


A guidance tool that supports academics through from the initial idea stage, right through to post delivery, outlining the full development process is now available. This will complement existing frameworks and guidance, and outline the key stages of development of a new short course, signposting to appropriate colleagues and processes as required. This tool will remain a live document hosted in Google, to allow for updates to reflect the needs of this growing area of activity.

CPD Tool
CPD Tool [copyright: University of Portsmouth]
If you have any feedback or documents you think could further enhance the tool, please contact


The Faculty of Business and Law

CPD Marketing Image 3Following on from the successful Value-Added Board programme for current and aspiring directors, the Portsmouth Leadership Programme has been designed for those at an operational level who have the potential, ability and ambition to achieve senior leadership positions and feedback on this programme has been extremely positive.

The School of Law are developing their promotional material to further support their range of successful short courses offered.  

The Faculty have received lots of positive feedback from courses, including the comments below:

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the day, I learnt so much about this topic. Best course I have been on.’

‘Excellent lecturer, very knowledgeable. This type of course should be made available to all managers.’

‘Excellent experience, really interesting. An eye opener. Recommend all managers experience this. Gives gravity to seriousness of our day-to-day work. Tutor very good, informative, right and sufficient information for audience. Great delivery, with a sense of humour. More please!’

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI)

CCI delivered their first short course – An Introduction to Drawing. Delivered over a ten week period as an evening class. This activity has demonstrated an appetite both internal to the University, and also in the local community for creative courses of this nature. The course has inspired colleagues to put forward additional short course ideas, with a number of evening course activities scheduled for October 2018 onwards.

For CCI, October will also host a staff awareness event to highlight the benefits of CPD and short courses, explaining the processes in place to support this activity.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The year has seen a range of bespoke CPD activity designed and delivered for specific organisations. Many of these opportunities have arisen from our business focussed academics, through their own networking and engagement. Projects include:

  • In-school training on Modern Foreign Languages
  • Production of training materials for understanding and recognition of scams and prevention of fraudulent activity
  • Bespoke interview training programme for the Korean National Police University delivered as a 5 day residential here at UoP.
  • Working with Hampshire Police exploring collaborative opportunities across a range of training and development activities, including redesigning the Sergeant’s operational course.
  • Trialling of an innovative Child Death Investigation course for Senior Investigating Officers and medical staff. This course uses the Health Sciences Simulation Centre. 
  • Successful delivery of a suite of courses for Indecom, Jamaica, in investigation skills and delivered February – May.

The Faculty of Science

Sports Science have been proactively looking at their taught PG programmes and identifying units which can be offered as CPD and the credits from which can be accumulated towards a PG Diploma, Certificate or MSc. They have been able to work with their timetabling to ensure that CPD delegates on these courses would join the usual PGT student cohort and that the unit/course would be taught on the same day each week in a teaching block.  

SHSSW, have been delivering Matron’s Training Days within their simulation facilities and have been working on the Preparation for Paramedic Practice (PPP) course.

Psychology are promoting their new short courses and it was as a result of setting these up that the collaboration began with Professional Services across the Uni to develop a new application and registration process for Credit Bearing short courses.  

The Faculty of Technology

Technology delivered to over 790 learners within their Land, Property and Construction CPD programme over the last year and have recently delivered their 1225th short course. Surveying courses have been delivered for nearly 50 years by the University and these courses have a close link to the CPD programmeThey work collaboratively with numerous external experts, including alumnus Michael Newey, President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, who delivers CPD each year within this programme and is now supporting with possible Degree Apprenticeships in this area.   

A full programme of 40 CPD courses is planned for 2018-19, with new topics including:

  • Metallurgy
  • Procurement & tender documentation (Quantity Surveying)
  • Professional Ethics
  • Business Improvement for organisations
  • Health and Safety – managing the changing workplace
  • Statistics for non-statisticians
  • Thermal imaging Building Surveys


CPD Marketing Image 1Case studies/testimonials urgently wanted!

These are sought for marketing purposes and to include in internal updates.

CPD Working group 

This group will be meeting every couple of months to discuss any issues relating to CPD/short courses, share ideas, successes and support growth. If you are interested in being involved, let me know.


If you have any questions about the University of Portsmouth’s CPD offering, please contact Lisa Rhodes, Director of CPD, at .