Professional Development

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

Training and Development

  • Newcastle Educational Practice Scheme (NEPS) - This scheme is a structured, flexible, supported, individualised route that provides staff with the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their teaching/support of learning and be able to make a successful claim for HEA Fellowship.
  • Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP) - This programme for staff can lead to recognition with the Higher Education Academy at Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The first two of the three 20-credit modules on the programme form the Newcastle Teaching Award (NTA). This programme is now replaced by the Newcastle Educational Practice Scheme (NEPS).
  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILTHE) - This blended learning programme provides training to postgraduate researchers, research associates and other part-time staff members who have infrequent teaching responsibilities.
  • Learning and Teaching Development Programme - Includes a wide range of training, workshops and webinars for staff on many areas of teaching at Newcastle including: curriculum and assessment design, internal quality assurance processes, staff roles, learning technologies, teaching enhancement and student support.

Professional Services

  • Support is available for Professional Service colleagues working in support of Learning and Teaching with a range of workshops across a broad range of topics.
  • The UK Progessional Standards Framework offers professional recognition with accreditation by Advance HE. Professional Services staff may consider gaining HEA fellowship on the basis of their experience in supporting learning and teaching.

Reward and Recognition

  • UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) - Support is available for staff to obtain recognition through this scheme which is accredited by the Advance HE. The internal Experiential Route provides a flexible pathway for staff to gain HEA fellowship 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-£2500 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.

Advance HE

Advance HE was established in March 2018 as a result of the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

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