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Gaining recognition for high quality teaching – in a scholarly fashion?

Higher Education in the UK is in the process of undergoing a major shift. The Teaching Excellence Framework represents a sea change in the way that universities are funded. The framework seeks to assess the quality of teaching in universities, with metrics around student satisfaction, student employability and retention rates all central to the process.

While there are plenty of challenges associated with the framework, as I have made clear in a recent posting on the Telegraph Blog, it is also the case that universities will place a much keener emphasis on the calibre of their teaching staff. We can expect much greater interest in the Higher Education Academy’s Fellowships scheme, which seeks to recognise the commitment of staff to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education.

As part of its wider strategy, the University is heavily promoting its in-house recognition and accreditation framework to enable staff to gain Fellowships with the Academy, ULTRA. In order to gain recognition under this scheme, staff need to prepare a claim against the criteria for the relevant level of Fellowship.

Clearly, one can engage in the process in different ways. For instance, one of the criteria for gaining a Senior Fellowship is as follows:

Successful co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of other colleagues (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to teaching and learning.

It would be possible to compile evidence against this claim in a relatively straightforward fashion, perhaps demonstrating how someone whom you mentored went on to secure more positive course evaluations from their students; with other evidence aimed at a similar level.

What would it take, though, for someone to compile a claim for a Fellowship that considered how to re-frame or develop his or her approach to mentoring colleagues?

This is the sort of territory that a recent virtual special issue of the journal Teaching in Higher Education set out to address. The issue, which I co-edited, is entitled A scholarly basis for teaching practices in higher education.

The journal has long been committed to critically examining and interrogating the values and presuppositions that underpin teaching in higher education. The articles in the special issue were selected with a view to prompting this sort of criticality amongst those engaging with the HEA Fellowships.

Dr Peter Kahn PFHEA

Director of Studies, EdD in Higher Education

Congratulations to Dr Ian Willis!

The Centre for Lifelong learning is delighted to announce that Dr Ian Willis has been awarded Principal Fellowship of the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) framework. Principal Fellowship is awarded to highly experienced staff in recognition of wide-ranging positive impact on learning and teaching practice, and Ian’s success is a significant achievement.

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An important aspect of Ian’s application was the impact his work has had on learning and teaching internationally, most recently through the establishment of a Certificate in Medical Teaching in Pakistan, and the Association Commonwealth Universities’ African Universities Administrators Training Programme.

ULTRA is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which means that University of Liverpool staff are able to apply for professional recognition of their learning and teaching through ULTRA, and achieve HEA Fellowship at the same time. Since the implementation of ULTRA, five Principal, twenty-six Senior and two Fellowships have been awarded.

Ian, who is the Head of the Educational Development Division, said:

“I’m delighted to have been awarded Principal Fellowship.  The process was both supportive and demanding in that it pushed me to some useful reflections and realisations. I’m grateful for the support of colleagues in the Centre for Lifelong Learning and wider in gaining the award.  I look forward to contributing to the ULTRA scheme, which I think will grow significantly in terms of opportunities for recognition for individuals and in demonstrating the university’s commitment to learning and teaching.”

As part of his commitment to enhancing the student experience through excellent learning and teaching, Ian will continue to support and encourage colleagues to apply for recognition of their skills and expertise through the ULTRA Framework.

More information on ULTRA is available here, or please contact Dr Janis McIntyre at Janis.mcintyre@liverpool.ac.uk

Congratulations to seven new ULTRA Fellows

I am delighted to announce that seven more Fellowships of the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) framework were awarded at a meeting of the Recognition Panel recently. Many congratulations to our new ULTRA Fellows! Their achievement demonstrates their commitment to excellence in providing the best learning experiences for University of Liverpool students.

Fellowship is awarded in one of four categories, in recognition of excellent practice in learning and teaching in higher education. The achievement of the seven members of University of Liverpool staff is shown below:

Dr Steve Barrett Physics Senior Fellowship
Dr Alan Greaves Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology Senior Fellowship
Dr Richard Huzzey History Senior Fellowship
Ms Helen Orton School of Health Sciences Senior Fellowship
Dr Luciane Vieira De Mello Rigden School of Life Sciences Senior Fellowship
Dr Judith Walsh Continuing Education Fellowship
Ms Cath Williams School of Health Sciences Senior Fellowship

ULTRA provides an experience-based route to professional recognition of experience and expertise in learning and teaching. The framework is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) which means that achievement of Fellowship of ULTRA brings with it nationally-recognised fellowship of the HEA.

Dr Janis McIntyre

For further information please go the ULTRA website, or contact Dr Janis McIntyre at Janis.mcintyre@liverpool.ac.uk

Excellence in learning and teaching

One of the recommendations from a recent Internal Periodic Review of Educational Developments was that we should blow our trumpet more, letting University colleagues know how well we can support them in learning and teaching (L&T). So, I am taking this thinly disguised and uncharacteristic opportunity to do just that.

Ray Land and George Gordon have recently published a report on an HEA funded small scale international study on Teaching Excellence Initiatives. In it they debate teaching excellence and how it has broken out of the confines of individual HEIs to be linked to discussions of individual performance.

Land and Georges’ study looked at practice in promoting excellence in L&T. They acknowledge that excellence itself is contested and the quality of teaching, especially the difference between satisfactory and excellent, is hard to judge. HEI initiatives can, they argue, be described as moving from novice to expert, something like the way the UK Professional Standards Framework is described in four levels, and how our own ULTRA Framework is articulated.

The study points out that most UK, Australian and NZ Universities (at least) encourage or require academics to take a course in teaching as part of probation, thus aiming to ensure competence in teaching. Many HEI’s offer rewards for excellence in the form of prizes or funding to develop practice or even pay increments (proficiency level). Going beyond, advanced proficiency including teaching and expert status is rewarded with prizes, citations such as Vice Chancellor awards, National teaching Fellowships (we have five at Liverpool) or Principal Fellows (four at Liverpool) are classed as high recognition.

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Principal Fellowship awarded!

The Centre for Lifelong Learning is delighted to announce that Dr Peter Kahn has achieved Principal Fellowship of the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) framework and the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Kahn, who works in Educational Development, was awarded the Fellowship by a panel of peers, including an experienced external accreditor. Principal Fellowship is granted in recognition of extensive experience and impact at strategic level in relation to learning and teaching. Through his academic practice, Dr Kahn demonstrated successful leadership to enhance student learning across the University and beyond. His attainment of Principal Fellowship is a significant achievement.

Dr Kahn said:

“I am pleased to have secured this recognition. The panel commented on my thought leadership around educational innovation in higher education, accompanied by spheres of influence to facilitate change in delivery. I am keenly aware that any innovation requires dedication from many people. My attention is particularly taken up now with the University’s professional doctorate in higher education, but I will continue to promote ideas for educational innovation that disrupt and enhance existing practice (see @Peter_Kahn and on LinkedIn)”

ULTRA has been developed to provide an experience-based route to recognition of skills and expertise for any experienced member of staff that teaches or supports learning. Staff can apply to ULTRA in one of four categories, and Dr Kahn will be working alongside colleagues in Educational Development to encourage and support colleagues to apply for Fellowship through the ULTRA Framework.

Further information is available on the Educational Development website, or contact Dr Janis McIntyre at Janis.mcintyre@liverpool.ac.uk

Accreditation of ULTRA

The University is delighted to announce that the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) Framework has been accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

ULTRA has been developed to recognise and enhance learning and teaching practice across the University. The Framework will support and encourage staff to engage in continuing professional development, and to provide a mechanism for recognition of experience and expertise in learning and teaching. ULTRA enables staff to demonstrate their professional skills, knowledge and values, and to have these recognised against national standards. Fellowship of the Framework can be used as evidence of excellent teaching for promotion, teaching awards or specific learning and teaching roles within the University.

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Congratulations to the first Principal Fellow!

Reverend Dr David Taylor has become the first member of University of Liverpool staff to achieve Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Principal Fellowship is awarded to teachers in Higher Education that demonstrate sustained and effective impact at strategic level in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience. Dr Taylor’s Principal Fellowship is recognition of his considerable experience in learning and teaching as well as his leadership and influence both within Liverpool and beyond, and is a major achievement.

Dr Taylor, who is a Reader in Medical Education in the School of Medicine, said:

“I am delighted by this external recognition, and very grateful to my students and colleagues in the Medical School and wider University who have supported my development as an educator over the years. I would encourage all of my colleagues to look at the HEA’s professional standards, and apply for professional recognition.”

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Two more Senior Fellows at Liverpool

Dr Nick Greeves from the department of Chemistry and Ms Liz Crolley from the Management School have become Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Senior Fellowship is awarded by the HEA to University teachers who demonstrate the knowledge, experience and professional values associated with excellent learning and teaching. In addition, Senior Fellows demonstrate substantial experience of co-ordination, support and mentoring of others.

Dr Greeves and Ms Crolley are each the first member of staff in their faculty to gain this recognition of their professional skills and expertise. There are now three Senior Fellows of the HEA at Liverpool, who will be actively engaged in promoting participation in continuing professional development in learning and teaching, as well as encouraging colleagues to apply for Fellowship of ULTRA, the University of Liverpool Teaching and Recognition and Accreditation Framework.

ULTRA is expected to achieve HEA accredited status soon, meaning that Liverpool University staff can apply for Fellowship through the internal scheme, and gain HEA fellowship at the same time. More information on ULTRA is available, or please contact Dr Janis McIntyre at Janis.mcintyre@liverpool.ac.uk

Janis McIntyre

Liverpool celebrates the first Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Susanne Voelkel, from the School of Life Sciences, has become the first member of Liverpool University staff to achieve Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Fellowship of the Academy provides national recognition of experience and expertise in learning and teaching in Higher Education in four separate categories.  Senior Fellowship is awarded to those individuals who demonstrate successful professional practice, including coordination, support and supervision of the learning and teaching activities of others.

The award of Senior Fellowship of the HEA is well-deserved recognition of the significant contribution that Dr Voelkel makes to learning and teaching in her own Faculty, as well as across the University. Dr Voelkel said:

“Obviously, I am thrilled about obtaining Senior Fellowship! It feels great to get external recognition, and it will be useful as evidence of my achievements for my future career. Writing the Senior Fellowship application was a good opportunity to reflect on my teaching practice and educational research and this has encouraged me to step up my engagement with external groups”.
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ASPIRE Symposium 2013

On 13 September I attended a symposium at the University of Exeter that aimed to provide an opportunity to share practice in relation to the continuing professional development of staff who teach (ASPIRE is the name of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme at Exeter).

As the member of the Educational Development team who is leading on the implementation of the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) Framework, it was interesting to hear how colleagues are addressing CPD in their own institutions. The focus of the day was the successful implementation of accredited CPD schemes, and there was a lot of interesting discussion and debate in the breakout sessions. One of the main themes was the need to explore ways in which staff can evidence excellence in teaching, and the role that a CPD Framework can play in supporting staff to do this effectively. Other key issues included:

  • the importance of ensuring that Frameworks for CPD are located firmly within existing University structures
  • the need to involve all staff who support learning and teaching, including lecturers, professional services staff and technical support staff
  • the potential for recognition through accredited CPD Frameworks to be linked to promotion criteria

The universities represented at the symposium are at varying stages of the development and implementation of their CPD schemes. Some are at the early stages of gaining support for the idea from senior management, while others had recently had their scheme approved at institutional level, and accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Here in Liverpool, the details of the ULTRA Framework are being finalised currently, and we have been working with a small group of staff to ensure support will be available within each Faculty. We hope to submit our Framework for HEA accreditation this semester, and to recruit the first cohort of applicants for ULTRA Fellowship soon. Please contact me at the Centre for Lifelong Learning if you would like further Information.

Janis McIntyre, ULTRA coordinator, Educational Development Division, Centre for Lifelong Learning