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Teaching and Learning Accreditation

We accredit continuous professional development (CPD) programmes which are delivered by higher education providers both within the UK and internationally. Aligning professional development to the UKPSF.

We accredit continuous professional development (CPD) programmes which are delivered by higher education providers both within the UK and internationally.

Accreditation is the process we use to confirm that these opportunities for professional development offered by institutions are aligned with the professional standards framework (PSF).

This is a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within higher education teaching and learning support. The PSF can be applied to professional development programmes at an individual or institutional level to improve the quality of teaching and learning and recognise excellence.

Accreditation is considered a ‘badge of quality’, requiring institutions to embed the PSF within policy and strategy indicating clear commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning.

Programmes/schemes can be accredited as meeting the requirements of one or more of the four descriptors of the PSF. This means that successful participants on these programmes will be eligible to be awarded one of the four categories of Fellowship; Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship or Principal Fellowship. Fellows are entitled to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA).

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If you would like to find out more about our teaching and learning accreditation, complete the form below and one of our membership team will be in touch.

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Advance HE Membership

Advance HE membership includes a Teaching and Learning Accreditation package with access to the accreditation review that can result in the award of the accreditation. It also includes a range of support to help institutions both enhance their practice and achieve professional recognition for their staff.

This package raises the profile of teaching and learning in your institution, celebrating its importance alongside research activities, demonstrating to staff and students a commitment to the quality of teaching.

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An Insight into Teaching and Learning Accreditation - video series

We produced a series of videos to introduce:

  • teaching and learning accreditation
  • the criteria for teaching and learning accreditation
  • guidance on making amendments
  • the peer review process.

A best practice approach to teaching and learning

The UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (PSF) is a globally recognised framework for benchmarking success within higher education teaching and learning support. The PSF can be applied to professional development programmes at an individual or institutional level to improve the quality of teaching and learning and recognise excellence.

Accreditation provides external and independent confirmation that professional development is aligned with the PSF. Accreditation provides participants on accredited programmes with the opportunity to be professionally recognised through the Fellowship scheme in recognition of their continuing success in teaching and learning support.

Find out about our work with university Human Resources (HR) departments to develop strategies to embed reward and recognition into career progression of academics.

Good practice in use of dialogue in accredited schemes – report by Dr Ruth Pilkington

This report, authored by Dr Ruth Pilkington, outlines lessons, issues and recommendations for those using a dialogic route and is illustrated by good practice case studies shared by colleagues leading accredited schemes which successfully use dialogue at Edinburgh Napier University, Ulster University, and York St John University. These exemplars emerge from cycles of implementation, review and enhancement by these academics and provide invaluable insights to guide practitioners.

Read the report

Find out more about the PSF

Accreditation or Approval

Which is right for your institution?

Accreditation

The defining feature of  Accreditation is that upon successful completion of an accredited programme or scheme, participating individuals are automatically eligible to be awarded professional recognition at the appropriate Fellowship category.

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Approval

Approval differs from Accreditation in that it does not automatically result in participating individuals being awarded professional recognition as a Fellow. Approval is external confirmation that a product/resource is aligned to the PSF and therefore may be used as evidence towards an application for Fellowship.

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Annual CPD Review

Advance HE requires institutions to complete a brief annual review of all accredited CPD schemes. At present the we do not require an annual review for accredited taught programmes.

We provide a template for this report, which contains data specific to the institution. This personalised template will be sent to institutions during September each year.

These annual reports serve several purposes. They:

  • provide a platform for celebrating the positive impact that developmental opportunities offered through accredited provision have made within the organisation
  • encourage institutions to evaluate the strengths and areas for further development of their accredited provision to lead to future improvements in the next accreditation cycle
  • will be used to inform the opportunities for support and guidance material provided by Advance HE
  • will inform the annual visit planning of Advance HE as part of sector wide quality enhancement initiatives
  • will help us to identify good practice which we may then be able to disseminate with the wider sector with the permission of the institution concerned.

The 2018/19 Guidance notes are available for accredited CPD scheme leaders and the individualised templates for institutions to complete will be issued by the end of October 2019. This template will arrive attached to an email from the CPD Review mailbox cpdreview@advance-he.ac.uk. The template will be pre-populated with data for the individual institution related to award of Fellowship through the accredited CPD provision. At this stage we are not introducing a requirement for a review of accredited credit-bearing provision (e.g. post graduate certificate). 

Programme of annual visits

In addition to requiring an annual review from institutions with accredited CPD provision, annually we will visit a number of institutions to observe their internal fellowship judgement-making processes. These institutions will be contacted in advance to arrange a visit, although Advance HE reserves the right to request access to the operation of any accredited programmes.

Advance HE will visit a variety of institutions, spread across the UK, with schemes that are already in operation including a mix of those in year one, two and three of the accreditation cycle. These visits will provide the sampled institution with constructive developmental feedback on the operations observed and will inform the opportunities for support and guidance material provided by us. If concerns arise as a result of an institutional visit we will be able to work with the institution in a proactive, developmental manner to ensure that provision operates as explicitly accredited.

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Accreditation resources

Find useful guidance and application documentation, along with documentation for the annual review of CPD schemes, approvals guidance and the Continuum Model of Scholarship in our dedicated accreditation resources area.

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Complete the form below and one of our membership team will be in touch shortly regarding your enquiry. In the meantime if you would like to find out more about membership, see further information here.

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