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An outline of individual benefits to gaining UKPSF recognition via the Newcastle University UKPSF CPD Scheme.

An outline of individual benefits to gaining UKPSF recognition via the Newcastle University UKPSF CPD Scheme.

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  • Hello, I’m Sarah Chesney and I’m going to spend a short time explaining a new educational development scheme that is running here at Newcastle University for staff who are involved in supporting students’ learning. The Scheme is run out of the Staff Development Unit and it’s all about university lecturers gaining formal recognition for their teaching responsibilities. It’s given the rather bewildering acronym UKPSF – which I’ll explain in a minute.
  • First of all, please can we have show of hands – how many of you know what UKPSF stands for?How many of you are familiar with the acronym HEA?
  • The UKPSF stands for the Uk professional standards framework. It is a nationally recognised set of standards for those teaching in the UK in Higher Education. As I mentioned earlier we now have a scheme here running that is accredited by the HEA or Higher Education Academy – which is a national and independent organisation, funded by the four UK HE funding bodies and by subscriptions and grants from universities. Within the Scheme there are a number of ‘levels’ or descriptors that staff can apply for depending on their teaching responsibilities. These are Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow. An Associate Fellow would be someone who had some teaching responsibilities (so a learning technologist or someone with a limited teaching portfolio). A Fellow would be someone who had substantial teaching responsibilities such as a lecturer.Each level addresses ‘dimensions of practice’ and these are areas of activity – so looking at planning and designing teaching, core knowledge and professional values that an HE teacher should embrace. Each set of dimensions reflect what the sector feels are skills and attributes that a teacher in HE should poses. Now before I ask you for your input – let me just remind you that many professions require formal qualifications to carry out their job – lawyers, doctors, nurses, primary and secondary teachers. Whilst individual universities may require a teaching qualification, it isn’t a national requirement.
  • Newcastle University agrees with those of you who think that lecturers should be supported to have appropriate and relevant teaching recognition. So how does the university support staff to gain HEA recognition. Well now that the Scheme is running all staff who are involved in enhancing the student experience can gain formal recognition. There are two programme routes – the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice designed for newly appointed staff. There is the Certificate in Clinical Education for medical educators and there is the newly accredited non-programme route. It is this route I am primarily here to talk about today, but if you think you would like to find out more about the programme routes, then drop us an email and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate member of staff. The non-programme route is designed for existing staff who are already operating at either associate fellow or fellow level. Through this route you would either have to write a short account of your academic practice or have a recorded conversation with a mentor to outline your claim for recognition.
  • There are multiple stakeholders in a scheme like Newcastle’s. What’s in it for you was the title of this presentation so I’m going to focus on this , but it is worth acknowledging that there are benefits for the university – we are in a competitive sector and we want to demonstrate that excellent teaching is valued and encouraged and we want evidence of this – this can only be achieved through tracking the qualifications that staff hold. Ultimately the scheme is all about enhancing the student experience so it is an expectation that students will benefit from the scheme indirectly.
  • There benefits can be seen in two ways – the process and the product when you have gained the recognition. The process of writing your account of professional practice means that you gather evidence from student feedback and respond to this identifying ways you can improve.
  • This involves reflecting on your practice, and you are required to have one peer observation and demonstrate that you have used appropriate literature to inform your approaches.
  • You are also supported through the use of a mentor who is a colleague who is working at senior fellow level and we encourage a community of peers who can help and support each other.
  • When you’ve gained recognition you have a qualification that is recognised nationally – it is becoming a desirable requirement for many jobs in HE now and I anticipate that this will only increase and will start to be an essential requirement.
  • You are permitted to have post nominal letters
  • Finally UKPSF CPD Scheme is in the process of being embedded in Newcastle University’s promotions documentation.
  • So what are your next steps? Well this isn’t easy to answer because I don’t know your individual circumstances but I would suggest that you get in touch with us if you are interested in finding out more about the different routes to recognition.
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    • 1. UKPSF What’s in it for you? (and what is it?) Sarah Chesney FHEA ukpsf@ncl.ac.uk @ukpsfcpd
    • 2. Your perspective…. What is the UKPSF? How many of you know what UKPSF stands for? How many of you are familiar with the HEA?
    • 3. An overview…. What is it? UK Professional Standards Framework Nationally recognised set of standards for those teaching in UK HE. Newcastle University’s Scheme is Higher Education Academy Accredited Main components are Descriptors e.g. Associate Fellow of HEA, or Fellow of the HEA. Dimensions of practice that outline Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge & Professional Values that an HE teacher should embrace
    • 4. Your perspective if you are staff…. Lecturers should hold an appropriate teaching qualification 1. Yes, it should be compulsory 2. Yes, it should be encouraged but not compulsory 3. No, being a subject expert is enough
    • 5. Your perspective if you are a student …. Lecturers should hold an appropriate teaching qualification 1. Yes, it should be compulsory 2. Yes, it should be encouraged but not compulsory 3. No, being a subject expert is enough
    • 6. Newcastle University’s approach…. UKPSF CPD Scheme University wide HEA accredited scheme that suit a range of staff – open to all who ‘enhance the student experience’ 1. Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice 2. Certificate in Clinical Education 3. Newly accredited non-programme route
    • 7. What are the benefits…. Benefits of gaining recognition There are benefits • For you • For Newcastle University • For the students
    • 8. What are the benefits…. Benefits of gaining recognition Process: Enhance the student experience by gathering evidence from feedback, CPD activities
    • 9. What are the benefits…. Benefits of gaining recognition Process : Reflect on your practice through peer observation/engaging with literature
    • 10. What are the benefits…. Benefits of gaining recognition Process : Mentor – either a PSA (non-programme route) or an FPLO (CASAP) Community – peers who are following same pathways
    • 11. What are the benefits…. Benefits of gaining recognition Product : Portable qualification – starting to be recognised in desirable criteria
    • 12. What are the benefits…. Benefits of gaining recognition Product : Permitted to have post-nominal letters Associate Fellow - AFHEA Fellow - FHEA Senior Fellow - SFHEA Principal Fellow - PFHEA
    • 13. What are the benefits…. Benefits of gaining recognition Product : Promotion UKPSF CPD Scheme is being embedded in the Newcastle University’s promotions documentation
    • 14. Next steps…. Email ukpsf@ncl.ac.uk What route is best for you? What time do you have available? Are you already working at Fellow level & just want recognition? Are you interested in one of the mentor roles? If so you need to be applying for Senior Fellow.
    • 15. Your perspective if you are staff…. Lecturers should hold an appropriate teaching qualification 1. Yes, it should be compulsory 2. Yes, it should be encouraged but not compulsory 3. No, being a subject expert is enough
    • 16. Your perspective if you are a student rep…. Lecturers should hold an appropriate teaching qualification 1. Yes, it should be compulsory 2. Yes, it should be encouraged but not compulsory 3. No, being a subject expert is enough
    • 17. Next steps…. Email ukpsf@ncl.ac.uk Are you going to enquire? If so email us. Follow us on Twitter if you just want to keep track of upcoming events. @ukpsfcpd
    • 18. UKPSF What’s in it for you? Now you know! Thank you.

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