Author Archives: Catriona Wilson

The Academic Skills Project

1. Background: Following a successful Enhancement Themes Funding Application, three PhD students in the School of History introduced a series of academic skills workshops for History undergraduates in 2012. In the summer of 2014 the scheme was expanded, via CAPOD, … Continue reading

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A masterful focus

As this blog has illustrated, CAPOD’s impact emanates from a wide range of sources; workshops, coaching, 1:1s, funding opportunities, internal reviews, mentoring, and so on. Another mechanism that can lead to impactful change is the use of the simple focus … Continue reading

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Wellbeing by numbers

  Measuring impact is not always easy to do, but having hard metrics can help by shedding some light on where our impact is greatest in terms of web information. Google analytics offers a useful mechanism to help me keep … Continue reading

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Word to the wise

A family of related comments has become a regular feature of the response from participants to the IT Training courses they’ve elected to take.  It goes something like this (and generally in this sequence): Before training: “Yes I’ve used xyz before and … Continue reading

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What I gained from the Professional Skills Curriculum

The Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC) is a developmental programme run by CAPOD for students. It focuses on developing the kinds of graduate skills employers value. One of the students who took part last year, shares her experience: The Professional Skills … Continue reading

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Saints Leadership Programme: Changing the Culture in Sports Clubs

Over the academic year 2012/13, CAPOD worked with the Saints Sport team to bring about culture change amongst 7 sports Focus Clubs: Tennis, Football, Rugby, Ultimate, Fencing, Golf, and Water Polo. CAPOD created a leadership programme for 30 students who would … Continue reading

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Welcome to our blog…

The Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD) was established in June  2011 and has a wide remit, encompassing all staff and students at the University of St Andrews. We provide structured development programmes for cohorts of students and … Continue reading

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