Accredited Professional Development

Accredited Professional Development

The New Professional Standards Framework (2023) and Advance HE Accredited Professional Development

The UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education was last revised in 2011. This globally recognised framework is used to support individuals and institutions to benchmark success in teaching and learning in higher education. The UKPSF is overseen by Advance HE, a sector-wide organisation who support learning and teaching, equality and diversity and leadership and governance in higher education.

Following an 18-month sector-wide consultation, the new Professional Standards Framework (PSF) was launched in January 2023. This framework builds on the strengths of the previous UKPSF, while placing explicit emphasis on - digital/technology, professional values, support for students and collaboration, the revisions are designed to ensure the PSF 2023 is future-proofed and remains relevant.

The University has its own CPD framework for teaching and learning support. It includes the:

  • 60-credit PGCert in Higher Education Teaching & Learning programme, 
  • quarterly Advance HE CPD recognition panels for internal Associate, Fellow, and Senior Fellow applications
  • Principles of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education course (PLTHE)
  • Designing & Tutoring Online Courses (DTOC)

All the above professional development routes are accredited by Advance HE and are aligned with the UKPSF 2011. Staff who are currently drafting their Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow application for submission deadlines 19th April or 13th Sept 2023 or who are completing the PGCert programme in 2022-23, or PLTHE/DTOC in 2023 will not be affected by the transition arrangements; they will continue to align their practices to the UKPSF (2011) and submit their applications or complete the accredited courses (PGCert/PLTHE/DTOC) as planned.

Further details regarding how the University will make the transition to the PSF 2023 from April 2024 will follow at the end of the year.