The Centre for Academic Development recently launched its CPD Framework for Learning and Teaching after securing its professional accreditation by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
The Framework is fully aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF). Three flexible routes to professional recognition are now offered to all University of Aberdeen staff with teaching and/or learning support experience.
Through engagement with the Framework, staff and postgraduates with teaching experience can work towards recognition at Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellow level, depending on their experience and role.
The HEA is a national, independent organisation which champions learning and teaching in higher education. The benefits to gaining recognition with the Academy are numerous, including national recognition of commitment to teaching and learning in HE; sector-wide transferable award of achievement and recognisable outcomes which can be used to support reward and recognition.
The three routes to recognition offer options to blend taught provision (such as the PG Certificate in H.E. Learning & Teaching) and self-directed study with collation of ongoing CPD evidence. These materials are assessed through a portfolio of evidence presented to a CPD Recognition Panel. The Panel membership is drawn from a pool of existing HEA-recognised staff from around the University of Aberdeen together with one external member from another UK university.
Professor Peter McGeorge, Vice-Principal for Learning & Teaching, said: "With all the changes that are happening in higher education, professional development has never been more important to ensuring our place as a world-leading institution. Our new CPD Framework for Learning and Teaching provides a flexible way for everyone to engage and develop their skills and in so doing obtain nationally recognised membership of the Higher Education Academy. I am sure that everyone will benefit from the new framework.”