Academic Development Program

What is the Academic Development Program (ADP)

A provision for eligible academic staff to undertake a sustained period of academic development - to assist individual members of the academic staff to pursue research; acquire new skills and knowledge that can be applied to their teaching; or to develop ongoing partnerships with industry that will benefit the University.

Details are in the Academic Development Program Policy, and the Academic Development Program Procedures.

Due to COVID-19, one round of ADP applications will be considered for ADP to be taken between July – December 2021. ADP cannot be carried forward into 2022.

Applications should not include travel outside of NSW. Applications that include a virtual international experience are encouraged.

Applicants are encouraged to include both Learning and Teaching (opens in a new window) and Research (opens in a new window) into their proposed program. Guidance for both of these areas is available via the links above.

Applications are sought from Level A, B and C academic staff. The following table provides the maximum number of applications that will be approved within each school.


Max number of applications to be approved per School

School of Built Environment; School of Law; School of Psychology


School of Business; School of Computer, Data & Mathematics; School of Education; School of Engineering; School of Health Sciences; School of Humanities & Communication Arts; School of Medicine; School of Nursing and Midwifery; School of Sciences and School of Social Sciences


Who can apply?

Tenured members of the academic staff of the University will, under normal circumstances, be eligible to apply for ADP if they have completed at least three years continuous service - however please read relevant section of the ADP Policy - Eligibility to Undertake ADP.

If you are uncertain, please contact the ADP Coordinator at, within the Office of Human Resources, for confirmation of your eligibility to apply.

Mentors - Link in to an ADP Mentor

How can I apply?

Applications should be on the current Application template (opens in a new window) and should be accompanied by a short CV (opens in a new window) (template provided) and your Research Activity Statement obtained from the Research Services Office.

All applicants will have to meet the assessment criteria as set out in the ADP policy and complete an application template. Applications should be submitted to

Please Note: Applications and any supporting documentation, from you or other parties, must be submitted electronically. Hard copies will not be accepted.

You are strongly advised to discuss your program with your Dean or Director before submitting an application.

Important Dates for 2020

Applications for 2020 to undertake ADP in the second half of 2021 are open.

Applications will close at 5pm Monday 26 October 2020.

Outcomes should be known prior to the end of year shutdown 2020.

Please contact Kim Nemetz if you have any queries.

Interactive Workshop Session

The 2020 ADP Interactive Session has been cancelled at this time.

Email Kim Nemetz with any specific questions that you may have. Please consult with your Dean and Academic Supervisor. the ADP Mentors are listed to help also.

Session Presentations pre 2020

Following are the video's from the 2018 workshop.

What obligations do I have if I am successful?

You must complete the ADP Undertaking Form and Leave and Payment Details Form, and submit to the ADP Coordinator. You also need to submit a report on your ADP upon your return. These obligations are further outlined in the ADP Procedures.

For any queries in regard to the ADP policy or process please email or contact Kim Nemetz on x7416