Course leaders

The Course Leader role is a key role and one that many academics undertake at some stage during their time at ARU. Course leaders play a pivotal role at ARU and inspire trust and foster a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Course leader's companion

We have created the Canvas community site, Course Leader’s Companion. The content is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction to course leadership
  • Drawing on data to drive enhancement
  • Teaching, learning and assessment
  • Tasks associated with the course leader role
  • Designing a new course
  • Student retention
  • Opportunities to make changes to your course
  • Course validation, revalidation and course review processes
  • Professional development opportunities.


ARU hosts an annual Course Leaders' conference. This year’s Course Leaders Conference took place in-person at the Cambridge campus on Friday 9 September 2022. The theme was Confident Course Leaders and the event aimed to foster a course leaders’ network. Our conference explored course leader confidence by drawing upon experiences from within ARU’s course leader community. The next Course Leaders Conference will take place in-person at the Chelmsford campus on Friday 30 June 2023.


Each Faculty convenes its own Course Leader Forums on a regular basis during the academic year. These provide an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of recent developments at ARU, and to share practice with other Course Leaders. Contact your Director of Learning Teaching & Assessment for more information on the dates/venues for Course Leader Forum meetings in your own Faculty.

DLTAs by Faculty

AHSS – Dr Heather Lilley (
FHEMS – Sian Shaw (
FSE – Adrian Scruton (
FBL – Natalie Kite (