Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

Liz Shrives

Mrs Liz Shrives

Higher Education Development Consultant

Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

Academic Development
Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement
Unit 3, St Andrews Court
St Michael's Road
Portsmouth, PO1 2PR


Liz has over 20 years experience leading academic change in HE through contextualised facilitation processes. Her specific areas of expertise are supporting organizational change and development in learning and teaching; strategic approaches to developing teacher excellence; the development of bespoke approaches to professional development and embedding the UKPSF to meet institutional aims and aspirations, reward and recognition; project management, research and evaluation. She is a highly effective and popular facilitator of groups and teams in achieving successful outcomes and in developing pioneering approaches to engagement and collaboration.

As a highly respected consultant in the higher education sector she works as a UKPSF consultant for the UK Higher Education Academy, in a range of institutions, professional bodies and private sector companies. She has clients in UK higher and further education institutions, the NHS and internationally in Ireland, South Africa, Japan, Canada, Kurdistan and the Far East.

She has a long association with the Staff and Educational Development Association, holding a SEDA Senior fellowship and the elected Chair from 2007 to 2012. She received a SEDA Legacy Award nomination in 2013 for her contribution to educational and academic development.

Research interests and outputs

  • Higher Education Academy Teaching Development Grant Evaluation
  • UKPSF Impact Research (Awarded through SEDA by HEA)
  • Developing a conceptual underpinning of the UKPSF Descriptor 3
  • The educational and training needs of dental chair side tutors in UK
  • Developing a model of educational change in the higher education context Assessment for Learning (FDTL 5 research project)
  • A process model of educational development and change
  • Models of peer observation and review for the strategic development of teaching
  • The challenges of introducing accreditation of teaching standards in a research intensive
  • University Perceptions of role of new academic staff and how they influence accreditation of initial learning and teaching development programmes in HE
  • Using experiential learning as a tool for staff and educational development
  • Developing threshold standards for teacher accreditation in HE
  • The effectiveness of different approaches to staff development in HE

Selected Publications

  • Shrives, L. (2012). From postgraduate certificates to embedding UKPSF at all levels. Educational Developments SEDA 13.3.        
  • Laycock, M. and Shrives, L. (2009). Embedding CPD in Higher Education. SEDA Paper 123 London.
  • Shrives, L. and Bond, C. (2003). Consultancy in Educational Development. In P. Kahn and D. Baume (Eds), A Guide to Staff and Educational Development. SEDA & Kogan Page. London.
  • Shrives, L. (2001). SEDA: Supporting the professional development of academic staff through accreditation. In D. Woodhouse (Eds), The Profession of Tertiary Teaching: Contemporary International Debate on Accreditation. New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit. NZ.
  • Shrives, L. (2000). Introducing Teacher Accreditation in a Research Intensive University. Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching. 1:1 UEL London.
  • Blackmore, P. Gibbs, G. & Shrives, L. (1999). Managing Staff Development in Departments. Oxford Brookes. England.

Selected Conferences and papers

  • Standing Conference on Academic Practice Conference. Warwick 2014. Invited keynote speaker Institutional engagement with UKPSF; reflections and observations.
  • ICED Stockholm 2014. Invited pre conference workshop: Exploring how professional standards can enhance the quality of teaching.
  • SCAP 2014 Invited keynote speaker Using standards to develop practice - Strategy verses reality (title tbc).
  • SEDA Annual Conference Newcastle 2014. Who Dares Wins: Student engagement in teaching development through project based approache.
  • Invited keynote at International Symposium of Academic Development University Tohoku, Sendai, Japan. July 2010. Issues in University education and Preparing Future faculty programmes in UK.
  • SEDA Annual Conference Chester 2010. Managing effective change interventions – what do you understand about what you do?