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 and will be called TSL@USW. Information about the new framework and support available is outlined below.

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What is changing?

A new name:

  • Teaching and Supporting Learning at the University of South Wales or TSL@USW for short.

What we are keeping:

  • The ability to confer recognition against Descriptors 1-4 (Associate to Principal Fellow);
  • The two pathway approach: written and 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.
  • - We will launch a series of open, Introductory Workshops in November in preparation for a Spring 2018 Panel.


Getting involved:

Mentoring

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.

Claiming for fellowship

We are currently testing the new scheme with a pilot group of 22 in the Autumn. The pilot spaces have been filled.

We hope to launch workshops for the new scheme in November ready for an early spring submission panel. It is likely that we will be capping submissions for each panel at 50 so that we can ensure a high success rate. Heads of School, ASMs and Line Managers in Corporate Services are being asked to allocate staff to submission panels over the next three years so we can accommodate demand efficiently. ASMs have been invited to allocate workload tariff points to support your claim preparation in the academic year of your application.


FAQ

If I’m not in the pilot when can I apply?
We hope to launch workshops for the new scheme in November ready for an early spring submission panel. It is likely that we will be capping submissions for each panel at 50 so that we can ensure a high success rate. Heads of School, ASMs and Line Managers in Corporate Services are being asked to allocate staff to submission panels over the next three years so we can accommodate demand efficiently. ASMs have been invited to allocate workload tariff points to support your claim preparation in the academic year of your application.

How will I know when it’s my turn to make a claim?
Achieving HEA Recognition and Remaining in Good Standing / Developing to another category of Fellowship are discussion points in your DPR. Please use this opportunity to discuss your plans.

I want to make my claim in Welsh. How do I go about this?
We have full capacity for mentoring and claim-assessing in Welsh. Just let us know your preferred claim-making language when you begin.


Acronym buster

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.
This was the name of USW’s previous HEA accredited scheme. People who have recently attempted a claim but were unsuccessful have been contacted and will receive support to resubmit this autumn. No other claims can be made under this scheme. Colleagues who may have been unsuccessful in previous panels will need to submit a fresh claim using TSL@USW.

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. This pilot is in progress and at capacity.


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