The UK Professional Standards Frameworkfor teaching and supporting learningin higher education
What is the framework? It provides a means to comprehensively recognise and benchmark teaching and learning support roles within HE. It describes the main dimensions of the roles of teaching and supporting learning within the HE environment. From the perspective of the practitioner.
What are the framework’s main components? The descriptors The dimensions of practice
What are the dimensions of practice? A set of statements outlining the: Areas of Activity undertaken by teachers and supporters of learning within HE Core Knowledge that is needed to carry out those activities at the appropriate level Professional Values that someone performing these activities should embrace and exemplify
What are the descriptors? Short statements Outlining the key characteristics… Of someone performing four broad categories of typical teaching and learning support roles within Higher Education.
How has the framework changed? Refined and improved Descriptor 3 revised to facilitate recognition of Senior Fellows Descriptor 4 added, which corresponds to Principal Fellow
Who does it belong to? Developed by the Academy On behalf of the sector It is the property of all those with a direct interest in the Higher Education sector
What is the Academy’s role?The Academy provides: Recognition as an Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow An accreditation service for educational development programmes and schemes
You can use the framework to: Gain recognition for your own teaching and learning support activities Plan and guide your own Continuing Professional Development in the area of teaching and learning Promote the professionalisation of teaching and learning support within Higher Education
And you can use it to: Foster creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning Enable staff to gain recognition and reward for developing their capabilities as teachers and supporters of learning Gain Academy accreditation for education development programmes and schemes
And you can use it to: Enhance the quality and prominence of teaching and learning activities Facilitate and support the design and delivery of initial and continuing education development programmes and activities Demonstrate to students and other stakeholders the professionalism that staff and institutions brings to teaching and support for student learning
And you can use it to! Develop policies and systems for the recognition and reward of teaching and learning support staff Promote a strong culture of teaching and learning support
To find out more About the Framework http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ukpsf About the Fellowship scheme http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional- recognition About Accreditation http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/accreditation