Working in partnership with our Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, the Associate Deans and Directors of Teaching and Learning in the Schools, and many other staff across our University, we offer a range of learning and development opportunities for colleagues involved with teaching and learning. 


You can find many development materials in the iPark. Technology in teaching and learning guides provide accessible pedagogical guidance and technical training on a wide variety of teaching approaches with a particular focus on technology strategies. There are also resources supporting University systems used in teaching; these include Brightspace, Turnitin, MyReading, UniTube, UniConnect and HudStream. In the support and guidance section, there are links to content relating to recent teaching and learning projects, giving staff access to resources on the Flying Start initiative, as well as the Personal Academic Tutor role and support materials for the Personal Academic Tutor Dashboard.



AdvanceHE (formerly Higher Education Academy)

AdvanceHE supports the work of the HE sector, and offers interesting external development opportunities and CPD events.



Jisc are a membership organisation providing digital solutions and training for UK Universities. 


Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

Advance HE's Fellowship scheme allows colleagues to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism in the sector. Through the scheme you can become a Principal Fellow, Senior Fellow, Fellow or Associate Fellow. Gaining Fellowship offers staff an opportunity to reflect upon their professional practice in respect to teaching and learning, and demonstrate that they meet the standards outlined in the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). In 2012, our University became the first in the UK to recognise 100% of colleagues involved in teaching and learning as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Colleagues who have successfully gained HEA recognition for their teaching and learning should continue to reflect and develop upon this grounding and keep their expertise current and up-to-date. It is expected that all University teaching staff will attain FHEA status. See the HR policy on HEA Recognition for more information on eligibility and fees.

Application process

The professional recognition scheme is linked to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). Please see the Advance HE website for more details on the UKPSF, the application process and fees. Applications are made online by creating a MyAcademy account. Full details and guidance about how to apply can be obtained by requesting an HEA information pack. You can work towards the different categories of recognition either by individual direct application on the basis of your experience in teaching and learning or via the below University accredited courses:

  • PgCert in Higher Education (PGCHE) – recommended for all new teaching staff who do not have a teaching qualification accredited for the HE sector. To find out more about this, please contact Wayne Bailey in the School of Education and Professional Development.
  • MSc Health Studies – Health Professional Education. To find out more about this, please contact Angela Darvill, in the School of Human and Health Sciences.
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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

Each year, three internal candidates are selected to go forward in the highly prestigious National Teaching Fellow Scheme (NTFS). An annual information event is held where the scheme is discussed with our existing NTFs. This is an opportunity to explore how to develop your teaching and learning profile. Mentoring support can be offered if you are developing your teaching profile and considering applying in the future.

Collaborative Awards For Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) was established in 2016 by the Higher Education Academy. CATE aims to celebrate excellence in a team context which positively impacts on the student experience in creative and innovative ways. Each award will recognise a team who has enabled a change in practice for colleagues and/or students at an institutional or discipline level. Our University can nominate one team for the award and operates an internal selection process. Contact your Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning/Director of Teaching and Learning to register an interest. 

Interested? Please get in Contact …

If you would like to know more about Teaching and Learning development, please contact our Teaching and Learning lead, Helen Walker: through MS Teams, email or phone 2446.

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