Professional Development

LTDS provide and support a wide range of professional development opportunities for colleagues at all stages of their careers.

Training and Development

Reward and Recognition

  • UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) - Support is available for staff to obtain recognition through this scheme which is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The internal Experiential Route provides a flexible pathway for staff to gain recognition on the basis of their experience in teaching and supporting learning.
  • Academic Promotions- Support, documentation and workshops are available for staff seeking to obtain promotion wholly, or in part, on the strength of their teaching.
  • National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) - Run by the Higher Education Academy the NTFS recognises and celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience. LTDS supports the nomination of Newcastle University colleagues to this prestigious national teaching scheme.
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award - The VC’s award recognises individuals who make a marked impact on enhancing the student learning experience at Newcastle University. This annual scheme grants awards of £5,000 to successful applicants to support their teaching and learning activities.

Networks and Forums

  • Learning and Teaching Conference - Annual conference with colleagues from across the university coming together to talk about their teaching practice and share ideas. Resources from past events can be found on the LTDS blog.
  • DELT Forum - Effective practice and new developments are shared with academic units through regular DELT Forums . Directors of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (DELTs) meet with colleagues across the university to share ideas and shape teaching and learning developments which are then disseminated to their colleagues.

Teaching Innovation and Development

  • Innovation Fund - Funding for projects to develop new or innovative approaches to learning and teaching which can be disseminated across the University. Funding of either £1000-£25000 or up to £10,000 is available depending on the strategic reach and remit of the proposed project.
  • Case Studies of Teaching Practice - Resource for all staff to help share great ideas. The database has practical solutions to everyday teaching problems, with advice on how initiatives were set up and why they are successful.