Impact and examples

Information on our current secondments, and the impact they have had.

Current secondees, past and present activities

For details of current secondees and their work areas, please visit the staff section of our website.


We review the impact of secondments while they are underway and on completion. We have identified the following benefits for individual secondees, their home School or Unit, and to the IAD and University.

Activities and developments that would not have happened without a secondment

This has included work on embedding graduate attributes in student support and degree programme specifications (Divinity), organisation of joint staff workshops (College of Science & Engineering and IAD), contributions to new international foundation programmes, insights to the language support available for distance learning Masters students, on-line study development resources and new student workshops.

Time to think

Time to think and consider key issues in teaching, learning and support with a broader range of colleagues and perspectives is proving to be a major aspect of the secondment programme.

Opportunities to contribute to broader University strategies and projects

Secondees have been able to contribute to the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), Employability Strategy Group, and Distance Education Initiative in ways that would not have been possible without a secondment.

Enhanced communication

Most secondees feel that the opportunity to communicate with colleagues in the IAD and particularly with colleagues in other parts of the University (academic and support) has been a very important benefit of the secondments.

Increase in the external visibility and profile for the University

Secondees have played a key role in externally funded projects, have presented at several external conferences and submitted papers to journals partly based on their secondment work.

Personal development

Several secondees have emphasised the impact of their secondment on their personal and professional development. This has included opportunities to gain new insights and exposure to new areas of activity, to gain experience outside current areas of expertise, develop specific teaching skills and boost motivation.