Teaching Recognition Scheme

As part of the accreditation of our teaching development programmes with Advance HE, the Centre for Teaching and Learning piloted a new Teaching Recognition Scheme online in the 2020-21 academic year.

Based on the success of this pilot, a Teaching Recognition Scheme for individuals at Oxford wishing to apply for recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) will run again in Hilary term 2022.

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Applications for a Teaching Recognition Scheme FHEA are now open. The scheme will run over Hilary and Trinity terms 2022. There will be 25 places available and the scheme will continue to be available exclusively for those who successfully completed either the Enhancing Teaching Programme or the PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at Oxford between 2016-20.

The scheme involves submitting a 3,000 word ‘recognition claim’, structured around five different areas of teaching activity. Applicants will also need to submit supporting statements from two colleagues who can act as ‘advocates’ and certify that their teaching is at Fellowship level.  

The submission deadline is Monday 20 June 2022 at 2pm, and results will be released by the end of July. There is no fee associated with the scheme, and the submissions will be examined by the educational development team at the Centre for Teaching and Learning.  

The recognition scheme will run online, supported by the Teaching Recognition Scheme tutors, Dr Natalie Usher and Dr Dominic Alonzi. The scheme will involve: 

  • A Canvas course with asynchronous self-paced materials to work through, including videos explaining how to write the claim, self-evaluation tools and annotated examples  

  • A live workshop, to be held on Teams in 9th week of Hilary term 

  • Two optional peer support workshops, to be held on Teams in the Easter vacation and Trinity term  

  • Regular drop-ins on Teams for you to bring questions to tutors  

In order to apply for the scheme, please complete the expression of interest form (Word Document) and submit it to contact@ctl.ox.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is Monday 7 February 2022 at 5pm.

If you have any questions about the Teaching Recognition Scheme FHEA, please contact us.

If you would like to find out more about applying to a future scheme for recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), please also contact us.

The pilot TRS enabled individuals to make a claim for recognition as either a Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Places on the scheme were limited to ensure participants could benefit from focused support from staff in the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA maps to Descriptor 2 (D2) of the Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning (PSF), whilst Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SFHEA maps to Descriptor 3 (D3) of the PSF.

To be eligible to apply for a place on the Fellowship TRS in 2020-21, applicants were required to have previously completed either the Enhancing Teaching Programme or the PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at Oxford between 2016-19, the period in which these programmes were not accredited by the HEA/Advance HE. Applicants to the scheme were required to demonstrate they are currently working at D2 level when they completed their application form.

The Senior Fellowship TRS was open to all staff who were able to demonstrate a sustained record of teaching and learning leadership at Oxford, for example, leading educational developments in a College/Department/Faculty/Division and/or across the institution, or playing a leading role in supporting others to develop their teaching practice etc.

In total, 16 FHEA and nine SFHEA participants were successful in gaining a place on the TRS.

Participants were supported in writing their claim for professional recognition by staff from the Centre for Teaching and Learning, alongside having access to a suite of tailored resources on Canvas. The scheme also provided professional development opportunities for colleagues to meet online and network with others across the University.

The TRS exam board was convened in June 2021, with an external examiner from the University of Leeds.

We are delighted to announce that all participants were successful in achieving recognition as either Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. View a list of participants.

Is there an option to gain recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy?

For Associate Fellow, please see Advancing Teaching and Learning, which is a taught programme. We do not currently offer a recognition scheme route in Oxford, but you may wish to pursue an independent direct application for recognition via Advance HE.

I haven’t been on the PGCert or ETP. Is there an option to gain recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy?

For Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, please see the PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. We do not currently offer a recognition scheme route in Oxford, but you may wish to pursue an independent direct application for recognition via Advance HE.

What’s the difference between a recognition scheme and a taught programme?

The recognition scheme is for applicants who have already undertaken the activities, reflection and teaching practice that allow them to make a ‘recognition claim’ that they have achieved the status they are seeking. A taught programme provides a guided, supported route to undertaking the activities, reflection, and developing one’s teaching practice.

Why are places limited on the Teaching Recognition Scheme and on your taught programmes?

A core part of the mission for the Centre for Teaching and Learning is to support individual tutors and academic staff who wish to develop their teaching. We are deliberately keeping cohorts to a size that enables us to provide a high level of support, which we know is one of the major strengths of our teaching development programmes. We have limited staff resources and so we balance this mission with providing support to departments, academic teams, and the institution as a whole via other activities such as the provision of institution-wide online courses and consultancy.

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