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PGCAP, CPD & HEA Fellowship

Planning your Continuing Professional Development

New to Teaching

If you are new to teaching, or new to the University of Salford and do not have a teaching qualification, it is likely that as part of your probation you will be required to complete our internal Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). This is a 60 credit level 7 programme open to all academic staff working in the university.

Accreditation and Recognition

Engagement with the above activities is recognised through the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice with HEA Fellowship. Please see the PGCAP and HEA Fellowship tabs for further info and contact a QEO academic developer to discuss.


Graduate Teaching Students (GTS)

As a GTS, you will likely be new to teaching. While your teaching commitments may not meet the minimum entry requirements for the PGCAP, you are welcome to enroll on the GTS Introduction to Teaching and Learning programme provided by the QEO. Contact a QEO Academic Developer to find out more. We also recommend you attend workshops and events relating to developing teaching and learning practice.

Accreditation and Recognition

As a GTS we recommend application for the HEA Associate Fellowship. Please see the HEA Fellowship tab for further info and contact a QEO academic developer to discuss.

Lecturer

If you are an experienced lecturer with a teaching qualification, but without module or programme leadership commitments, you will likely be interested in ways to improve your academic practice. We offer a wide range of Academic Development workshops as well as support for staff to support them to explore their CPD requirements and personalise their engagement.

If you are a lecturer without a teaching qualification, we highly recommend completing our internal Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. This is a 60 credit masters level programme open to all academic staff working at the university. This is a nationally recognised qualification and will be of benefit to you when applying for any Higher Education teaching position.

Accreditation and Recognition

For staff working as lecturers with a teaching qualification but without HEA Fellowship, we recommend application for HEA Fellowship.

For staff working as lecturers without a teaching qualification, we recommend enrolling on the PGCAP programme which is recognised through the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and HEA Fellowship. Please see the HEA Fellowship and PGCAP tabs for further info and contact a member of the Academic Development team to discuss.


Senior Lecturers, Module Leaders & Programme Leaders

As a Module Leader, you will likely have completed the PGCAP or an equivalent teaching qualification, and have experience of teaching and assessment practice. Your CPD needs will therefore be more focused on overall management of your module, and looking to introduce improved practice to the module team. You may already have Fellowship of the HEA. If you don't we would highly recommend engaging with this process in order to allow you to reflect on your module and its alignment to the UKPSF. If you do have Fellowship, your leadership of the module will put you in a position to apply for Senior Fellowship.

Accreditation and Recognition

For staff working at a Module Leader level, we would recommend application for the (depending on experience):

HEA Fellowship

or

HEA Senior Fellowship

Please see the HEA Fellowship page for further info and contact a member of the Academic Development team to discuss.


Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice

The PGCAP is a 60 credit level 7 programme designed for members of staff of the University of Salford. The programme aims to support your professional development and enhance your practice in relation to learning and teaching. It provides a supportive but challenging framework within which participants can develop their knowledge and understanding, skills and practice as academic professionals in Higher Education.

The PGCAP is designed for members of staff who are both new and experienced academics as well as other staff who support learning at the University of Salford. Successful completion leads to a recognised teaching qualification in Higher Education. The programme is also directly aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework, and successful completion leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

There are two cohorts per year, commencing in September and January.

To apply complete the application form and the letter of support and send to pgcap@salford.ac.uk. In line with standard University admissions procedures applicants may be asked to provide supporting documentation.

The deadline for January 2018 applications is Friday 17th November 2017.


Modules

The programme comprises two modules: you begin with the core module, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE), and then choose your second, optional module from either Assessment and Feedback for Learning (AFL) or Flexible, Distance and Online Learning (FDOL).

Your study pattern depends on when you start (September or January). The September cohort meets on Tuesdays and the January cohort on Thursdays; sessions run 13:00 - 16:00 for all modules.

Sept 17

Jan 18

Sept 18

Jan 19

Sept 20

Jan 21

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Module 1: LTHE

Module 2: AFL/FDOL

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Module 2: AFL/FDOL

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Thursdays

Module 2: AFL/FDOL

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Module 1: LTHE

Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

Module Leader: Sean Walton, s.t.walton@salford.ac.uk or 0161 295 5945.

Core module for all PGCAP students.

The module will commence with an induction workshop 10am-4.30pm. Details will be provided with your joining instructions.

Download Module Specification

Learning in Higher Education is at the heart of this module. From the very beginning and throughout, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, prior knowledge and skills within a multidisciplinary learning community. This will enable you to engage in a dialogue with peers and tutors, learn with and from each other, in learning sets and with other students on this module. You will reflect through discussion and questioning on your own academic practice and you will develop your knowledge and skills, and keep up-to-date with the changing HE landscape.

Our vision is to encourage you to be open-minded, curious, critical and creative thinkers as well as problem-solvers. We will work with you to assist you in becoming reflective and empowered practitioners who create innovative learning and teaching opportunities.

The themes explored include theories of learning and of teaching, assessing and feeding back, the student experience and the role of observation in academic practice.

Assessment & Feedback for Learning

Module Leader: John Dermo, J.M.S.Dermo@salford.ac.uk or 0161 295 8194.

For PGCAP participants who have already completed the core module.

Download Module Specification

This module builds on your experience in the core Learning and Teaching in HE module and further explores themes in assessment and feedback. We adopt a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach where you work in multi-disciplinary groups and explore PBL scenarios based on aspects of assessment and feedback practice in UKHE. You will develop your own learning through peer discussion, engagement with the literature and the UK Professional Standards Framework, and through the sharing of practice and experiences. A series of face-to-face sessions will support your PBL group-work and enable a wider dialogue about assessment and feedback.

Flexible, Distance & Online Learning

For PGCAP participants who have already completed the core module, or available unaccredited as stand alone CPD.

Module Leader: Calum Thomson on c.j.m.thomson@salford.ac.uk or 0161 295 4457.

Download Module Specification

This module is designed to provide an extensive introduction to flexible, distance and online teaching and learning, promoting critical reflection on current academic practices and creative approaches to teaching and learning. Students will study topics including digital literacies, flexible and collaborative learning and open educational practices.

Students will engage with the module and each other through structured collaborative activities, peer and tutor support, guest lectures and reflective writing. The module is delivered online, primarily through a weekly webinar using Blackboard’s Collaborate platform. This is used to discuss teaching and learning experience, reflect on this in the context of the module, and highlight opportunities for development. Participants also work in problem-based learning groups to explore online technologies for teaching and learning, presenting their solutions back to the class cohort.


Higher Education Academy Fellowship Scheme

We are committed to supporting the development of our colleagues to achieve the University’s strategic goals. Part of this involves helping those involved in teaching and learning to be recognised for their excellent practice on a national level. The HEA UKPSF is one way through which this is achieved.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education (HE). It is owned by the Universities UK and GuildHE on behalf of the UK Higher Education sector and is funded by grants from HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DELNI, as well as subscriptions from higher education institutions. It advocates evidence-based teaching methods and professional recognition for university teachers through awards fellowships. The HEA is responsible for the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for higher education practitioners.

It states its mission as 'to use our expertise and resources to support the higher education community in order to enhance the quality and impact of learning and teaching. We do this by recognising and rewarding excellent teaching, bringing together people and resources to research and share best practice, and by helping to influence, shape and implement policy'.

The UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) is a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within HE teaching and learning support. It is managed on behalf of the UK Higher Education sector by the HEA. The UKPSF clearly outlines the Dimensions of Professional Practice within HE teaching and learning support as:

  • areas of activity undertaken by teachers and support staff.
  • core knowledge needed to carry out those activities at the appropriate level.
  • professional values that individuals performing these activities should exemplify.

The HEA invites teaching staff to apply for fellowship, an internationally-recognised 'badge of your success' demonstrating you hold the professional qualities and values of the UKPSF. Fellowship is an important indicator that you have engaged with professional development to a nationally recognised level and/ or have a proven track record of experience within the UKPSF. There are two routes through which you can apply for HEA Fellowship.

The PGCAP at University of Salford, which many staff new to teaching will undertake, is an HEA-accredited Postgraduate Certificate in teaching and learning. This means that upon completion you will be automatically awarded with HEA Fellowship status and there is no need to apply directly to the HEA. Please note,HEA Fellowship is the only category awarded through this process. For Associate, Senior, or Principal fellowship please see the 'Experienced Route' section below.

For those with a proven track record of experience which would make them eligible for any category of HEA fellowship, a written application can be made direct to the HEA through the 'Experienced Route'. The application process consists of an Account of Professional Practice (APP), a reflective commentary on your higher education roles, responsibilities and professional experience, along with two supporting statements from referees. Your APP must demonstrate that you meet a ‘descriptor’ of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), depending on your stage of Fellowship. Information on descriptors areavailable in the 'Which level of Fellowship should you apply for?' section below.

If you wish to apply through the experienced route, please read the information below for further information on the application process.

Applying through HEA Experienced Route

Which level of Fellowship should you apply for?

The first step as a prospective applicant is to decide what category of Fellowship you wish to apply for. Your career stage and professional experience will determine your eligibility for the award of Associate Fellow (AFHEA), Fellow (FHEA), Senior Fellow (SFHEA) or Principal Fellow (PFHEA).


If you’re new to teaching or supporting student learning and want to formalise your experience and to progress, an HEA Associate Fellowship could add great value to your professional teaching experience. You’re likely to be one of the following:

  • an early-career researcher with some teaching responsibilities (e.g. PhD student, graduate training assistant, contract post-doc)
  • new to HE teaching or have a limited teaching portfolio
  • teach part-time in a demonstrator/technician role with some teaching responsibilities
  • support teaching/learning (e.g. as a learning technologist or learning resource staff member)

Key to your APP when applying for this category is that you can demonstrate successful engagement with at least two of the five areas of activity outlined in the PSF, appropriate core knowledge relating to these areas with a minimum of K1 and K2, and relevant professional values. As well as demonstrating understanding of these you should be able to give examples of practice supporting this (recommended two per area of activity), with evidence of the impact with your practice has had. Maximum 1400 words in total for all sections.

HEA Associate Fellow guidance for applicants


If you’ve a proven, sustained track record in HE teaching and you’re seeking recognition for your development, and to progress into a senior position, an HEA Fellowship could add great value to your professional teaching experience. You’re likely to be one of the following:

  • an early-career academic
  • in a subject-specific role with substantive teaching and learning responsibilities
  • an experienced academic, relatively new to UK HE, with sometimes significant, teaching-only responsibilities; e.g. within work-based settings

Key to your APP when applying for this category is that you can demonstrate successful engagement with all five areas of activity outlined in the UKPSF, all core knowledge and all professional values. As well as demonstrating understanding of these you should be able to give examples of practice supporting this (recommended 2 per area of activity), with evidence of the impact your practicehashad. Maximum 3500 words in total for all sections.

HEA Fellow guidance for applicants


If you have a proven, sustained track record in HE teaching and management and are seeking to progress into a leadership position, an HEA Senior Fellowship could add great value to your professional teaching experience. You’ll have an established record relating to teaching and learning and management / leadership of specific aspects of teaching provision. You are likely to lead, or be a member of, established academic teams. You may be:

  • an experienced member of academic staff with significant responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes for subjects / disciplines
  • an experienced subject mentor or someone who supports those new to teaching
  • an experienced member of staff with departmental or wider teaching / learning support advisory responsibilities within your institution.

Key to your APP when applying for this category is that you can demonstrate successful engagement across all five areas of activity, all core knowledge and all professional values outlined in the UKPSF and successful co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/ or mentoring of others in relation to teaching and learning. For this category of application your APP consists of a reflective commentary on your higher education roles, responsibilities and professional experience and two case studies outlining contributions you have made to learning and teaching in higher education. Maximum 7000 words in total for all sections.

HEA Senior Fellow guidance for applicants


If you have an established academic career with substantial strategic responsibilities in HE and you’re seeking to exert influence within the sector, an HEA Principal Fellowship could add great value to your professional teaching experience. You’ll have a sustained, effective record of strategicimpact atinstitutional, national or international level and be committed to wider strategic leadership in teaching. You might also be one, or both, of the following:

  • a highly experienced member of senior staff with wide-ranging academic or strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning.
  • responsible for institutional strategic leadership and policy making in the area of teaching and learning, possibly extending beyond your own institution.

Key to your APP when applying for this category is that you can demonstrate a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to high quality student learning. Your application requires a record of education impact capturing key areas of your practice relating to teaching and supporting learning, a reflective account of practice, and three advocates, external to Salford University but working in HE and Fellows, Senior Fellows, or Principal Fellows of the HEA, supporting your application.

HEA Principal Fellow guidance and application template

Your Application

Funding

The University will fund any employee to submit a fellowship application to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). This process began in 2013, when the University agreed a 4 year programme of funding to support the professional recognition of both academic employees and other employees who are significantlyinvolved inteaching and learning activities. The University has a funding arrangement in place with the HEA and the finance team will be invoiced directly for your application. All you need to do is provide the full set of information that the HEA requests of you.

Writing

The following short video has been created to give advice on how you may wish to structure your UKPSF application.

HEA Application Writing

Support

We offer a range of support, face to face and online, for when you are writing your application for HEA fellowship.

For Associate Fellowship and Fellowship, we offer the following services and events.

  • You can request a review of your application from an academic developer in the QEO team. Drafts are submitted by email and we are committed to providing feedback on your application within one week. To request a review and feedback please email your draft application to Calum Thomson.

  • We also offer 30 minute one to one development meetings to discuss draft versions of applications. To book a one to one development meeting please email Calum Thomson.

  • UKPSF application writing retreats are also available. This is an opportunity to set aside a morning or afternoon to write your application with advice and guidance on hand from an academic developer. Please see the upcoming academic development workshop sessions for details on the next retreat.

We are also able to provide advice on, and arrange mentorship for, Senior and Principal Fellowship applications. Please contact Sean Walton for further information on this.

Submitting

To submit your application, please register and log on to MyAcademy on the HEA website and navigate to the 'My Recognition'. Here you can select the level of recognition you are applyingfor. Youwill then be guided through the relevant sections to be completed. The application can logged out of and revisited, however we recommend drafting your application in a word processing package such as Word.

HEA Application Review

All applications for HEA Fellowships are appraised by experienced accreditors, chosen for their extensive knowledge and practice of review in teaching and learning. They include specialist educators and expert practitioners across disciplines. Applications for AFHEA and FHEA will be reviewed by two accreditors while applications to SFHEA and PFHEA will be reviewed by three accreditors.

The appraisal and awards process can take up to 8 weeks, after which you will be informed if your application has been successful. You can track the progress of your application via 'My Recognition'. If your application includes insufficient evidence that you have met a particular level you will receive feedback and be given one chance to re-submit. If your application is ultimately unsuccessful you may reapply.

Page last updated 18/05/2015. Details correct at time of update. Information originally from www.heacademy.ac.uk.