The Teaching for Researchers Course has been running for two years already. We are delighted to report that as of March 2012, 88 Research Staff and Postgraduate Research Students have successfully completed the course!
This Learning and Teaching development opportunity allows those who complete it to receive a recognised qualification as Associate Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). Researchers who completed the course have gone through the application process successfully and found the interaction with HEA effortless. As a result the University is increasing steadily the number of staff with a recognised teaching qualification.
The interest in attending this course has been remarkable and the feedback we have received demonstrates that researchers appreciate this development opportunity. The fact that the provision is accredited by a recognised professional body makes it attractive and highly beneficial in terms of professional development aspirations. Furthermore, our participants have been very positive about the whole learning experience.
The opportunity to meet up with other researchers across the University and form a cohort over two academic semesters is also valuable. The discussions over lunch, during the sessions, the peer support that is ongoing through the process and the feedback from tutors are all highly valued and commended by our participants.
The course makes use of VITAL, the University’s virtual learning environment for uploading learning material, submission of assessment tasks and feedback. This gives participants the opportunity to experience the benefits (and occasional challenges) of using an online learning environment. Our aim as tutors is to offer researchers the opportunity to experience the whole teaching practice as it currently happens in classrooms across the University.
Finally, we are delighted to announce that following the very positive Skype meeting with our External Examiner in February 2012, we have received confirmation that the class of October 2011 has now completed successfully the Teaching for Researchers course. Certificates have already been issued and our participants can start applying to obtain their accredited qualification by the HEA. Congratulations to the class of October 2011!