University of Bath

Bath Course minimum requirements

Probationary staff with teaching responsibilities must complete units of the Bath Course as a mandatory requirement of their probation period.

University minimum probationary requirements

The University's Academic Staff Committee has agreed that lecturers on probation and teaching fellows on probation should complete the following units of the Bath Course along with the final overarching course tasks:

Contract Requirement Leads to
< 1 year contract Part 1 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Teaching Fellow - 1 year contract or longer Parts 1 and 2 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Lecturer - 1 year contract or longer Parts 1 and 2, Research Management Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

The minimum University probation requirements for completion depend on your contract and/or role and are for >0.4FTE staff. For more details, see the University’s academic career progression document and Quality Assurance code of practice statement QA9.

Accreditation of prior (experiential) learning - AP(E)L

If you have sufficient prior learning and experience relating to teaching you may have the opportunity to claim exemption from some units of the Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice. This is not the same as seeking exemption from probation overall.

Which sections can I claim AP(E)L from?

Exemption of parts of the Bath Course may be granted for those members of staff who already gained an HEA Fellowship. However, even in such cases, attendance at sessions and participation in Bath Course tasks is strongly encouraged as this enhances the process of settling in and getting familiar with the specific teaching/ research environment of the University of Bath, especially for those participants who are new to the University.

All participants need to complete the Department/School activities, senior teaching observation and provide satisfactory Online Unit Evaluation if required for probation, including when AP(E)L is granted.

Research Management is mandatory for all lecturers.

How can I claim AP(E)L?

Please note that until you have received official confirmation that you are exempt, you will be expected to engage with the programme of activities.