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Academic staff’s training accredited by the Higher Education Academy

HEA accreditation Thursday 2 July 2015

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has confirmed accreditation of Liverpool Hope’s new Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert LTHE).

The University now has the authority to make recognition decisions about HEA fellowship for all staff and students registered on this award. This applies to those registered on the award from September 2014 onwards.

HEA fellowship is an internationally recognised badge of professional competency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. In being accredited for HEA fellowship recognition, the University has had to demonstrate that the PGCert LTHE is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework. This framework directs and supports the development of staff who are involved in enhancing the learning experience of students.

At Liverpool Hope, HEA fellowship is a requirement for all permanent academic staff. The PGCert LTHE is offered to new academic staff as a route to achieve fellowship. More experienced staff may also choose to use the personal recognition route.

In a new development, four of the five modules that make up the PGCert LTHE can be studied individually. Any member of staff who successfully completes one of these individual modules can be considered by the University for recognition as Associate Fellows of the HEA. These modules are Classroom Practice, Assessment and Feedback, Educational Technology and the Learning Environment. It is hoped this option will be particularly attractive to support staff as an alternative to registering for the full award.

Dean of Students Dr Penny Haughan said: “This accreditation will allow the University to take ownership of the recognition of Hope staff in the enhancement of Learning and Teaching, and also in their own personal development. I hope that all academic and support staff will take advantage of the opportunities this offers.”

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