The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has accredited the Westminster Professional Recognition and Enhancement Scheme for Teaching (PRESTige) for the award of Fellowship of the HEA. The scheme 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 Fellowship. Achieving HEA recognition for teaching staff is a major goal for the University and is reflected in the strategic priorities of the University of Westminster’s Learning and Teaching Strategy
PRESTige supports two professional recognition and development routes, both of which are accredited by the HEA. The two routes are:
- Postgraduate qualifications in Teaching in Higher Education. This includes a PG Cert Higher Education which is currently being rewritten in preparation for revalidation and will be offered largely as an online programme starting in September 2019. It will lead to Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the HEA according to the pattern of modules taken. In addition there is a University Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning (SSSL) which is a one-semester course leading to Associate Fellowship
- An experience-based, e-portfolio route for colleagues with three or more years of experience of teaching in Higher Education, leading to Associate Fellowship, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the HEA
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 Fellowship.
In addition to our HEA Fellows, a significant number of colleagues have been awarded HEA Senior Fellowship in recognition of their successful leadership activities in relation to teaching and learning through roles at programme, departmental and university level.
HEA Principal Fellowships were awarded to Dr Kathryn Waddington and Professor Gunter Saunders in 2017 and Professor Roland Dannreuther in 2018 for their strategic contributions to enhancing teaching and learning at the University, nationally and internationally.
The PRESTige Scheme is delivered and supported by the Centre for Teaching Innovation and from colleagues across the University who act as Advisors.
To register, or for further information, contact the Centreforteachinginnovation@westminster.ac.uk
For more information on categories of HEA fellowship, visit the HEA website.
Between April and July 2014, the University of Westminster’s Helen Pokorny, Federica Oradini and Ana E. Carballo undertook an analysis and evaluation of the online delivery of the Post Graduate in Higher Education (PG Cert HE).
The aim of the report was, firstly, to evaluate the success of the PG Cert HE award in terms of student satisfaction and the impact it has had on the participants’ professional development and practice as teachers in HE, and secondly to learn from the experiences of participants and tutors on the course.