HEA fellowship - TSL@USW

Fellowship of the HEA is a valued professional standard in Higher Education that demonstrates the quality of your teaching. Recognition by the HEA demonstrates your commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development. It is increasingly sought by employers across the higher education sector and is recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions.

USW is accredited by the HEA to support, develop and assess claims for fellowship by its staff. From September 2017 our framework for doing this is being updated. Information about the new framework and support available is outlined below.

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What is changing?

We have submitted our documentation to the HEA to continue awarding Fellowships aligned with the UKPSF through an internal USW Scheme. We have some small adjustments to finalise before accreditation is confirmed, but would like to start sharing our plans for the new scheme starting Autumn 2017. Here are some key elements of our proposed new scheme.

A new name:

  • We are going to call the scheme: Teaching and Supporting Learning at the University of South Wales or TSL@USW for short.

What we are wanting to keep:

  • The ability to confer recognition against Descriptors 1-4 (Associate to Principal Fellow);
  • The two pathway approach: Written + Oral claim-making pathways;
  • One Referee to be a Line Manager.

Things we are doing to strengthen the parity between the two pathways:

  • Everyone will complete the same core set of documents:
    • A short written personal philosophy of practice / practice rationale and context statement;
    • An activity map making visible the range and depth of practice aligned to the category of Fellowship being claimed;
    • A self-assessment;
    • A concluding ‘where next’ statement to carry into future DPR discussions.
  • Process to authenticate claims:
    • Written claims have always been authenticated by the referees who read the final submission as they write their references. A new reference template will make this process easier and more explicit;
    • The second referee for College-based applications is to be the USW Course Leader or Link Tutor;
    • The new, comparable process for oral claim-making pathway applicants will be the need to annotate the notes section of claimants’ PowerPoint /write a lightly scripted narrative text and, at least 2 weeks before the claim-making day, have these signed off as authentic by their Line Manager, turn this into a pdf and upload it to BlackBoard through Turnitin (see below).
  • Word counts:
    • We have slightly adjusted the timings for the oral claim-making pathway so that they better reflect the word counts available to written pathway claims and sector norms. We will have a new Webpage available in the Autumn with the new forms and processes clear.
  • Notification of decisions:
    • Oral claim-making applicants will no longer have their ‘results’ immediately. This is to ensure parity with the written route claims and to enable moderation by internal staff and the TSL@USW External Examiner.

What is new:

  • A Scheme mentoring network. Every claimant will be allocated a mentor to help them with the claim-making process. A small pilot scheme will be launched on USW core sites over the Summer. CELT College Partners will liaise with Partner Colleges and Link Tutors to explore how this scheme could work in their contexts;
  • All applicants must have attended a preparatory UKPSF claim-making workshop relevant to the category of Fellowship they are proposing to claim, before they are given access to the BlackBoard site through which claims will be uploaded;
  • All submissions will be as pdfs (including references) submitted through Turnitin;
  • All oral claims will be audio-recorded and made available to moderators and the External Examiner;
  • The second referee for College-based applications to be the USW Course Leader of Link Tutor.

When this is happening:

  • We are starting with a small, capped pilot in Autumn 2017 for a maximum of 20 early-adopters.
  • Once the pilot is complete we will let everyone know and launch the scheme formally probably early Spring 2018.


Getting involved:

If you would like to help as a Welsh or English speaking mentor in our mentor pool or as a Panel Assessor, then please read the Mentor outline below.


Terms of Reference

You may hear this programme of recognition by the HEA referred to in many ways and it can get pretty confusing so here’s a quick primer.

HEA – Higher Education Academy.
A British professional institution promoting excellence in higher education. Visit the HEA website.

TSL@USW – Teaching and Supporting Learning at USW framework.
USW is accredited by the HEA to support, develop and assess claims for fellowship by its staff. From September 2017 our framework for doing this is called TSL@USW and is managed by the CELT team.

USW CPD Framework.
USW is accredited by the HEA to support, develop and assess claims for fellowship by its staff. Prior to 2017 our accredited programme was called the USW Continuing Professional Development programme for Teaching and Supporting Learning. From September 2017 this will be replaced by the TSL@USW programme (see above).

UKPSF – UK Professional Standards Framework.
The nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking HE teaching and learning support owned by the HEA. It sets out four role descriptors for the categories of fellowship available along with the areas of evidence that must be provided (knowledge, values and activities). Your claim to be recognised as a fellow of the HEA is based on your evidence that you meet the standards set by this framework through your practice, knowledge, beliefs, and continuing professional development related to teaching and learning.

Claim for recognition
When you submit your application for fellowship (whether written or oral) you are claiming that you should be recognised by the HEA as meeting the benchmarks set down in the UKPSF. The HEA recognise your claim by granting you fellowship of the Academy.

Fellowship – recognised members of the HEA.
When you are successful in your claim for recognition by the HEA you become a fellow of the academy. There are four categories of fellowship to reflect the different contributions, roles, and career paths within higher education: Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow. The benchmarks for each of these categories are outlined as Descriptors 1-4 in the UKPSF documentation.

Descriptors (D1, D2, D3, D4) – descriptors of the requirements for each category of fellowship.
(See fellowship, above).


Key Dates

Autumn 2017

  • We are starting with a small, capped pilot in Autumn 2017 for a maximum of 20 early-adopters.
  • Once the pilot is complete we will let everyone know and launch the scheme formally probably early Spring 2018.


Documentation

General

Mentoring information

How do I apply to be a Mentor?

If you are interested in applying to be a Mentor, please discuss this with your Line Manager and complete this short questionnaire.

One of the CELT team will then contact you to discuss your questionnaire responses and should you be successful, you will be invited to attend preparation sessions during the autumn.

Should you have any further queries, please contact fellow@southwales.ac.uk