University of Bath

Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice

A work-based course for Lecturers and Teaching Fellows who need to gain a teaching qualification in order to complete probation.

The Bath Course

The Bath Course is a work-based course to develop your understanding of academic practice within your own distinct individual, departmental and disciplinary context. Successful completion will lead to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

The Bath Course will help you to:

  • develop the initial understanding, skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare you to become a competent and effective teacher and research manager
  • question, evaluate and develop your practice using regular critical reflection in order to improve the quality of the student learning and/or your research achievements and supervision
  • critique current scholarship in academic practice, develop critical analyses of teaching approaches and research management and develop your own practice in light of these analyses
  • develop appropriate strategies to become effective and efficient members of the academic community
  • meet your personal and professional development needs in a systematic, effective and efficient way

Further information is available in the Bath Course Handbook.

All lecturers on probation and teaching fellows on probation are required to complete this course under the University's minimum requirements for new teaching staff as part of their probation requirements. However, if you already have a Fellowship, you may be able to apply for exemption if you meet minimum requirements.

All units are run twice a year. Dates and times for future sessions are published in advance to help your planning.

If you are an experienced member of staff, you may wish to consider the Bath Scheme to gain HEA Fellowship.