Getting Involved - Mentoring and Assessing

Central to TSL@USW are the Mentoring Network and the Assessing Panel

Become a TSL@USW Mentor

Mentoring Network: a scheme for staff to mentor and support colleagues applying for Associate Fellow, Fellow, or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE. The Mentor role is designed to provide applicants with support from someone in a cognate discipline able to help “decode” the generic UKPSF so that their mentee can see its relevance in their practice.

How much time will this take?

Mentors are asked to undertake a preparatory workshop, support their mentees in face-to-face and online interactions, and attend the annual UKPSF Development Day;

  • Typically, we estimate that supporting one claimant will take c18 hours;
  • Supporting 2 claimants is estimated to take 24 hours.

The Mentoring role is supported in the Academic Workload Model’s ‘Personal Staff Development’ tariff. Please see CELT website for details.

Must be agreed with your line manger prior to attending the training.

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How can I use my mentorship role for my own development?

Mentoring is a mutual learning experience. You will gain hugely from enabling others to think about their teaching /learning support. Their ideas will set you thinking about / questioning / reading around / seeing your own practice in new ways. This personal reflection is important to evidence your own Remaining in Good Standing (RIGS) at the category of HEA Fellowship you hold, in alignment with the requirements of the HEA Code of Practice. Mentoring others is essential for our USW Senior Fellows to evidence their RIGS, but also to enable our FHEAs to progress to SFHEA.



Become a TSL@USW Assessor

Assessing Panel: USW recognises the value to personal and collegiate development of engaging in decision-making panels, it is committed to recruiting, refreshing and updating its panel members. Panel assessors are key to making the Scheme work efficiently and effectively. Decision-makers are colleagues who have all been trained to ensure equity and consistency in the decision-making process and the interpretation of the UKPSF Descriptors into a wealth of teaching /learning support HE practices. Decision-makers assess both written and oral claims to ensure parity of decision-making across pathways.

How much time will this take?

Each Panel Assessor is invited to contribute to 2 of the 3 Panels per year;

  • Each Panel Assessor is supported in their role by CELT who run preparatory workshops, in-session benchmarking exercises and an annual CPD and Development Day. In total this equates to about 7/8 hours per year;
  • Each Panel Assessor is invited to contribute to one of the two days of a Panel, and typically people do 2 of the 3 Panels in a year;
  • Each Panel (comprising of assessing oral presentations and written claims) is estimated to take 10-12 hours.
  • Thus the estimated total of doing 2 Panels per year is 17-20 hours for new assessors and 15-17 hours for experienced assessors.

Must be agreed with your line manger prior to attending the training.

How can I use this experience for my own development?

Assessing enables us as educators to support both colleagues and our own continuing professional development, facilitating both individuals and us an institution to recognise, share and foster dynamic approaches to teaching and learning through creativity and innovation. Assessing also enables you to evidence your own Remaining in Good Standing (RIGS) at the category of HEA Fellowship you hold, in alignment with the requirements of the HEA Code of Practice.