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Kick Start to HE Teaching

A programme for research staff, technicians and professional service colleagues who already teach as part of their current role, or are planning to teach in HE.

Kick Start to Higher Education Teaching programme

This is an intensive and practical programme to help you to explore how your research/ professional expertise can inform your teaching, examine the perspective of the learner and explore how to teach using a range of techniques to accommodate cohort size, diversity and inclusivity. We will look at the requirements for learning design and assessment in HE and explore how learning technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning in HE.

For those either with current teaching responsibilities and/ or plans to teach next semester, we will explore how you may be able to accredit your learning and practice by applying for Fellowship of the HEA through the Bath Scheme.

The programme requires a substantial time commitment from you, however, in return you will gain personalised feedback, a strengthened CV with an opportunity to accredit your practice if already teaching for HEA recognition.

The programme is an opportunity for you to:

  • reflect on whether you wish to pursue teaching as part/ whole of your career in HE
  • understand and explain what you offer from your research and professional expertise to teaching in HE
  • understand and address what teaching experience you need to pursue a career with HE teaching
  • gain an insight into and knowledge of assessment practices in HE
  • prepare to market yourself effectively in terms of teaching in HE
  • gain practical tips, techniques and knowledge (experience) to effectively plan, teach and assess in HE
  • learn about the benefits of technology-enhanced learning and gain awareness of some of the most effective tools currently used in HE and how to integrate them into your teaching
  • gain valuable insights and personal feedback on how to reflect on your teaching to develop your future practice and prepare your application for HEA Fellowship

To gain the maximum benefit from the programme, you will be required to commit to attend all workshops, as well as undertake some preparation and homework between sessions. We will also expect you to carry out some activities (of your choice) within the timeframe of the programme that will strengthen your academic CV and enable you to develop the necessary evidence and techniques to use in practice-based experience to apply for HEA Fellowship through the Bath Scheme.

Centre of Learning and Teaching team members deliver the programme and academic colleagues across the university will share their experiences with you on specific areas of teaching in HE.

Spring 2020 programme

Date Time Topic Content
Tuesday 3 March 2020 10.30am to 3.00pm Course overview: Teaching philosophy, theory and practice We will consider the HE teaching context, Explore your approaches to teaching, values/ philosophy. Then look at teaching design, planning & techniques
Tuesday 17 March 2020 10.30am to 3.00pm Teaching for effective learning experience Teaching for effective learning, inclusivity with diverse cohorts, key pedagogic theories, how students learn, creating positive learning environments and communities.
Tuesday 31 March 2020 9.30am to 4.00pm Teaching evaluation, reflection, accreditation and enhancement of practice, Integration of research and teaching Evaluation of teaching, enhancing practice, peer review and observation, reflection on practice. Briefing of Bath Scheme, UKPSF and AFHEA requirements. Research-informed teaching and students as co-researchers. Briefing for micro-teaching sessions.
Monday 11 May/Tuesday 12 May 2020 am or pm Micro-teaching practice and peer review and observation Sign up for a half day session and come with a prepared 20min teaching session to present for peer feedback
Tuesday 26 May 2020 9.30am to 4.00pm Technology enhanced learning pedagogy and tools, Assessment FOR and OF learning, The journey from research to teaching Moodle and Technology enhanced learning pedagogy and tools. Assessment FOR and OF learning. The journey from researcher to teaching fellow/ lecturer, HE teaching roles and requirements.

All workshops will take place on campus, and if you are selected to take part in the programme you are expected to attend all workshops.

There is no formal assessment, but you will be encouraged to engage in workshop preparation tasks, activities and follow-up exercises to explore your individual approach to and expertise suitable for teaching, to create tools and techniques for your future practice and evidence. This can be used for preparing your application for Fellowship of the HEA through the Bath Scheme when you are involved in a teaching role.

Application guidelines

  • The next programme will run from March 2020 to May 2020. There will be five days/half days of organised workshops, plus participants will be expected to undertake some preparatory work and homework between sessions. The programme will be run entirely on campus
  • This programme is aimed at staff interested in teaching in HE
  • We highly recommend that participants intending to apply for Fellowship of the HEA after the programme participate fully in session activities and attend all programme sessions
  • Staff need to have a contract until at least June 2020 to take part and a have opportunities to teach during and/or after the course to be able to apply for Fellowship. You can take part in the programme if you are currently not teaching. However, you will not be able to apply for Fellowship of the HEA
  • Staff also registered as a Doctoral Student cannot take part in the programme. The Doctoral College offers teaching development opportunities for Doctoral students.

Application process

  • The member of staff completes the application form
  • The Principal Investigator or line manager authorises the application
  • Submit the application form by emailing it to Academic Staff Development by 17:00 on 11 February 2020 (deadline extended)
  • The outcome will be announced to participants by 14 February 2020


If you have any questions, please contact us.