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Professional Recognition and Development of Staff

Northumbria University is committed to the development and recognition of staff. The following professional recognition schemes and learning and teaching development activities are available for all Northumbria staff members:

 More information for Northumbria Staff can be found here

Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund

Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF)

The future success of the University depends on developing academic excellence and maximising the satisfaction of our students. These experiences can be improved by driving innovation and quality enhancement in the curriculum. A Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund has been established to reward and incentivise programme teams and individuals which support these activities in three ways: 

In 2017/18 there will be 3 TQEF Awards

  1. Up to £10,000 to Rewarding Excellence and Innovation in Teaching.
  2. Up to £20,000 to support innovation in learning and teaching.
  3. £20,000 for projects of up to £5000 to further Student Learning and Experience Strategic Plan 13/18 (revised) priorities and business outcomes as aligned to the Corporate Strategy 13/18.

Northumbria staff can find out more about the scheme by following this link.

Northumbria University Professional Recognition Scheme

Northumbria University Professional Recognition Scheme (NUPRS)

In acknowledging the importance of supporting colleagues to achieve and be recognised for such excellence, the University has developed a Northumbria University Professional Standards Framework (NUFPS), which comprises a professional recognition process, a Learning & Teaching Development Programme and Peer Support which are aligned to the UK Professional Standards for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF). This alignment helps us to define and articulate good teaching so that all staff have a clear understanding of what is expected in relation to their role.

Professional recognition provides opportunities for staff to reflect on activities they are already engaged in and benchmark practice in relation to subject teaching culture and community of practice against a set of standards. It supports the sharing of good practice and evidences the quality of teaching and learning at Northumbria more broadly so that we can optimise the different teaching strengths and qualities that exist across the University.

It also encourages ongoing professional development, ‘good standing’, as staff update and maintain their capability as a teacher or supporter of learning appropriate to their role and career aspirations. Professional recognition is open to anyone who teaches or supports learning regardless of the stage in their career and role at Northumbria. Engaging in the process supports staff to achieve nationally benchmarked, portable and formal recognition for professionalism since our professional recognition scheme has been accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Depending on the role and the range of teaching and/ or learning support activities, staff can be recognised as Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow of the HEA.

Northumbria staff can find out more about the scheme by following this link.

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

 

The purpose of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is to recognise, reward and celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession. The NTFS is organised and run by Advance HE (incorporating the Higher Education Academy).

Further NTFS information can be found on the Advance HE website - here.  Should you be interested in applying for NTFS you should contact your Faculty APVC Learning and Teaching or Head of Department.

  •  NTFS benefits to individuals and to institutions - here

NTFS Dates for 2019:

Launch: Wednesday, 9 January 2019

NTFS Close: Wednesday, 3 April 2019 (15:00 hours)

 

Further information and materials can be found here:

 


   

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Collaboration Award for Teaching Excellence

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

 

The purpose of CATE is to recognise and celebrate collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning.  The scheme highlights the key role of teamwork in higher education.  The CATE is organised and run by Advance HE (incorporating the Higher Educating Academy).

Further CATE information can be found on the Advance HE website - here.  Should you be interested in applying for CATE you should contact your Faculty APVC Learning and Teaching or Head of Department.

CATE benefits to individuals and to institutions - here

CATE Dates for 2019:

Launch: Wednesday, 9 January 2019

CATE Close: Wednesday: 27 March 2019 (15:00 hours)

 

 

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Peer Support Scheme

Peer Support Scheme

Peer Support forms a key element of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provision at Northumbria University and aims to facilitate continual improvement of learning and teaching through recognition, sharing and development of good practice. Peer observation of practice is an important collegial professional development tool for HE staff. It is a collaborative, non-judgemental process that aims to promote dialogue about how to engage students in learning. It enables staff to learn from each other through observing and being observed, thus gaining a shared understanding of best practice; it provides opportunities to observe students as they are learning, and helps Northumbria as an institution to identify developmental needs amongst its staff as a whole (Race, 2009). Within the Peer Support process, the learning from observing/reviewing professional practices of other staff is regarded as being as valuable as being reviewed/observed.

Northumbria staff can find out more about the scheme by following this link.

3 Rivers Conference

3 Rivers Conference

3 Rivers is the North East regional annual learning and teaching conference. The regional conference has built upon the success of previous partnership events held by the region’s Universities (Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Teesside).

 Northumbria staff can find out more about the conference by following this link.

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