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Teaching and Learning Conference – PSF review update

08 Jul 2022 | Advance HE Rajesh Dhimar, Advance HE Fellowship and Awards Adviser, updates delegates on the PSF review, highlighting the opportunity to engage in the consultation.

Advance HE’s ‘Teaching and Learning Conference 2022: Teaching in the spotlight: Where next for enhancing student success?’ offered the ideal audience for an update on the review of the Professional Standards Framework.

Raj Dhimar, Fellowship and Awards Adviser who is an expert in the PSF explained the purpose of the review. The sector-led review draws on a strong evidence base and features a broad independent consultative process.

Rajesh Dhimar, said, “The PSF has had a substantial impact on teaching and learning in higher education across many parts of the world, not least the sheer scale of engagement with and use of the PSF, Fellows in over 100 countries, 174 institutions operating accrediting programmes/schemes, and over 159,000 Fellows across all categories of Fellowship. The sector landscape has significantly changed since the last review in 2011 and it is time to now make sure that the PSF is fit for purpose in the coming years.”

Inviting delegates to engage in the consultation, he reminded them that the window for comment is still open. (The online consultation on the draft revised PSF closed on 17 July. Thank you to everyone who took part in this phase of the consultation, and previous consultation sessions. Further updates will be communicated as the review progresses.)

The independent sector-led Steering Group oversees the review, which is being carried out by a Project Team of colleagues from across the sector, with Advance HE facilitating this work.

Respecting both the global nature of higher education and the range of contexts within which the PSF is now recognised, the Steering Group and the Project Team have proportional international representation.

Raj Dhimar drew delegates attention to the video overview, PSF review project team members Dr Julie Baldry Currens, Project Leader, and Dallas Alexandrou, Project Manager, who provide more information about the review.

A brief history of the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education: Stages of development which was published earlier this year takes the reader through the evolution, from early discussions in the HE sector regarding the quality and standing of teaching, to the impact of numerous policy/sector wide developments over 20 years on HE learning and teaching. 

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