Development and recognition

At Westminster, we strive to find ways of fostering and valuing staff engagement in, and passion for, learning and teaching development and scholarship as much as in academic discipline-focused research. The CTI works across the University to establish a holistic and coherent overview of the various opportunities for professional development in learning and teaching.

As well as enhancing the student experience through cutting edge and high quality teaching, such opportunities enable us to raise the profile and status of learning and teaching at Westminster. Through our activities, we are able to demonstrate that effective pedagogy is supported, recognised and rewarded through clear teaching-focused career development pathways for individuals, at whatever stage they are in their career.

The University recognises various progression routes for academic staff based on research, teaching, business, enterprise, scholarly activity and leadership. The role of the Centre for Teaching Innovation includes championing learning and teaching both internally and externally, developing a Westminster pedagogy that is intimately related to the curriculum, enhancing quality and providing opportunities for professional development and learning in relation to learning and teaching across the University.

This diagram indicates standard career pathways which academic staff at the University of Westminster may wish to consider pursuing.

The criteria for the award of the titles of ‘Professor’ and ‘Reader’ include specific provisions for progression based on teaching. For more information about the Professors and Readers Awarding Committee and the application process and criteria for titles, visit the Professors and Readers Awarding Committee staff intranet pages.

The University’s flagship Professional Recognition and Enhancement Scheme for Teaching (PRESTige) encourages colleagues who teach and support learning to recognise and record their talents against a national benchmark of the UK Professional Standards  Framework (UKPSF) and leads to HEA Fellowships. PRESTige supports career progression and provides colleagues with an internationally recognised badge of success for effective teaching. HEA fellowships form an integral part of the university’s career development pathways and the university is delighted to be able to recognise colleagues’ achievements through the award of Fellowships. Visit the PRESTige pages for more information.

We are fostering a culture, in which peer observation as well as the tools of mentoring and coaching, enable everyone to benefit from being part of a community of practice. Westminster Learning Communities will support the exchange and development of practice and those who have received internal or external teaching awards are supported to build an identity as advocates and consultants.

There are many formal and informal opportunities across the University that support professional development, exchange, dissemination, reward and recognition and the building of a successful CV. We have provided an overview of these to help you consider how to develop your profile and expertise in teaching.