KIITE Academy

At Keele, we have a proud tradition of interdisciplinary education, and for making student learning powerfully relevant to society’s challenges.

Drawing together expert educational teams from across the university, The Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (KIITE) is home to a vibrant community of student education innovators: academic developers, student learning experts, learning technologists and employability consultants, designing educational delivery in partnership with academics, students and employers, and providing networks of pedagogical debate and educational research.

This community of expertise has been brought together to design new curricula for our students, support student development, shape researcher development and design a co-curriculum that links students to civic society and the workplace.

The KIITE Academy brings together a number of programmes, short courses and professional development opportunities for academics from across the Higher Education sector, both nationally and internationally. Find out more about our work below. 

Our suite of professional development courses, delivered face to face and online, includes:

  • Short summer residential teacher training programme on Keele campus
  • Courses on digital and online education
  • Innovation in education
  • Challenge-led educational research

Upon successful completion, participants receive a certificate.

For further information, details of tuition fees and course dates please visit our e-store

Bespoke courses delivered at your university or in other locations are also available. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We provide support to schools curriculum design and development, educational practice and policy, and management and leadership of teaching and learning.  We welcome discussions with potential partners who would benefit from impartial advice and input. 

For further information, please contact us to discuss your requirements, via 

These programmes are designed around the requirements and preferences of your senior leaders. The tailor-made programme can feature meetings and talks with thought-leaders on national and institutional higher education policy and educational leadership and management, with opportunities to accelerate the process of internationalisation and explore collaborative activities in research and education between our universities.

We welcome expressions of interest in our programmes. For more information, please contact us via

About Keele University

Keele University is registered with the regulator of higher education in England, the Office for Students, and has received the highest-quality rating ‘Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. Keele University is an authorised foreign education institution recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education. 

Keele is a warm, international inclusive community and we strive to create an environment which is globally-aware and ‘without borders’. The campus is an inspirational space to think, write and create and our visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in university life. The campus boasts over 630 acres of extensive woods, several small lakes and landscaped parkland, offering the optimal environment for learning and reflection. 


KIITE’s expertise spans curriculum design and development in the broadest sense, including management and leadership of teaching in higher education. We have particular interests in:

  • Assessment design: authentic assessment, reflective learning and critical skills, diversifying modes of assessment, feedback and feedback loop, social learning and group assessment, programme-level assessment, research-led, research-based learning and undergraduate research.
  • Employability: skills development, including academic reading and writing, career management, fostering enterprise and entrepreneurship, civic engagement, creativity, dissemination practices and employer engagement, interdisciplinarity.
  • Technology-enhanced learning: digital literacy, learner analytics, flexible and online learning, digitally enabled assessment and feedback practices.
  • International perspectives: partnerships, ‘internationalisation at home’, virtual and physical mobility (inward and outward), languages and languages for specific purposes, exchanges.
  • Inclusive learning: accessibility, inclusive learning spaces, wellbeing in the curriculum, student co-design, students as partners, ‘decolonising the curriculum’.
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