Centre for Learning and Teaching

The Bath Course

What is The Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice?

The course is for new and existing staff in teaching and research roles to help them enhance their academic practice in Higher Education leading to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

The Bath Course is designed for University of Bath academic staff to support their development whilst on probation. It is a work-based learning course which aims to develop your understanding of academic practice within your own distinct individual, departmental and disciplinary context.

All teaching staff on probation are required to complete the course under University's minimum requirements for new teaching staff as part of their probation requirements. Non-probationary staff may be enrolled in exceptional circumstances. Experienced staff may wish to consider the Bath Scheme.

The Bath Course will help enable staff new to academic and professional practice to:

  • develop the skills, initial understanding, knowledge, and confidence to prepare them to become effective teachers and research managers;
  • question, evaluate an develop their practice using regular critical reflection in order to improve the quality of the student learning experience and/or their research achievements, and their supervision;
  • critique current scholoarship in academic practice, develop critical analyses of teaching methodologies and research management, and develop their own practice in light of these analyses;
  • develop appropriate strategies to become effective and efficient members of the academic community that is the University of Bath;
  • meet their personal and professional development needs in a systematic, effective and efficient way.

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Course structure

There are three units in the full Bath Course:

  • Part 1: Teaching and supporting learning
  • Part 2: Curriculum design and development
  • Research management (optional for teaching fellows; non-assessed)

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Successful completion of some sections of the course will lead to accreditation as an Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA/FHEA). This recognition is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework.