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CPD Taster Session: Professional Doctorate (DProf)

UWS is delighted to present its innovative, blended learning, part-time Professional Doctorate (DProf). This course combines the art and science of professional practice and the concept of reflective practice with relevant academic theory helping you to apply this to the investigation/exploration of problems.


What a year this has been!  As at no other time we are seeing circumstances push us to think in new ways and collaborate beyond conventional boundaries to solve problems together.  In our work on the Professional Doctorate at UWS, we are seeing professionals use the programme to think through the impact of COVID lockdown, better understand the complexities of our responses and ask innovative questions that lead to real time change.  In the coming year this kind of opportunity will be even more important.  If you would like space to expand how you process the changes in your profession, or develop innovations, the UWS Professional Doctorate could help you do just this.  In this session we will chat through the course structure and resources and answer your questions on how it can relate to development you would like to do for yourself and your professional sector. 

Many professionals come to the programme as they are preparing to move into senior leadership roles in the profession and find the programme an extremely useful way to enliven change design with cutting edge theory, deepen their understanding of transformative change and support change with reflective practice.  The programme is offered on a blended part-time basis and has a focus on professional practice so there is no interruption to your earning power.  The DProf is interdisciplinary and recognises that real world professional practice problems are dynamic and complex.  The course will facilitate an investigation into the contemporary issues facing your profession and to make a contribution to professional knowledge that is applied and practical in nature. 

The session will be delivered by Dr Beth Cross.  Dr Cross, with an MSc in African Studies and PhD in Sociology of Education from the University of Edinburghhas been researching the interface between formal and informal learning contexts for the last fifteen years and is particularly interested in dialogic methods of exploring learner identities, strategies and trajectories.  Her interests include deliberative democracy, and service user voice and participation in health, social services and education.  She has taught in the areas of community education, social policy and children’s services in England and Scotland and worked with a number of creative interdisciplinary projects that involve visual and dramatic arts in order to expand the modalities for deliberation and participation. 

The session will take place on Zoom and is expected to last around 45 minutes, including time for a Q&A. 

All of our Taster Event sessions are free to attend but advanced registration is required.  A link to join the session will be sent to the email that you have registered with.  Closer to the event date, you will receive an email containing the link for joining the call.  

If you have any questions about the Virtual Taster Day Event, or if you would like more information about this session, please get in touch with us at 

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