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CPD Route – University of Reading

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CPD Route

The FLAIR CPD scheme is an internal peer-review process to enable experienced staff members to gain professional recognition for their work in teaching and learning. The scheme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and allows us to award all four categories of HEA Fellowship (Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow).

Who can apply?

All colleagues with experience of teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education can apply for professional recognition through the scheme. The CPD scheme also supports colleagues who already have Fellowship in reapplying for a new category of Fellowship in recognition of experience gained since the initial award.

The scheme is for experienced staff, so how much experience do I need?

To meet the assessment requirements (the relevant Descriptors of the UKPSF) applicants need to demonstrate sustained impact on teaching and learning within a Higher Education context. It is, therefore, expected that applicants will usually have been teaching or supporting learning in HE for a period of three years or more. However, it is the applicant's impact that is most important, not simply the period of service or number of contact hours with learners.

What support will I receive?

  • You will find a wide range of support material on our webpages, such as key documentation, templates, screencasts, examples and workbooks that contain activities for developing your application. We encourage you to explore these resources in detail.
  • Whilst these resources will enable most applicants to begin working on their application independently, we realise that some applicants prefer the opportunity to talk to someone before they start to draft their application. For that reason we offer optional 'Getting started' writing workshops. Dates can be found on the webpages.
  • Informal support and the first layer of feedback is provided by the growing community of people with Fellowship across the institution. You will find a 'Buddy Register' for each category of Fellowship on the relevant webpage and your SDTL should be able to tell you if there is an identified FLAIR Champion locally.
  • To supplement this local support, we offer all applicants two 30 minute one-to-one consultation appointments at a mutually convenient time. Please note, we have a strict no inbox policy and cannot give feedback via email.

What to do next

  • watch the screencasts and look at the relevant handbook to learn more about what is involved (select from menu below)
  • begin planning the timeline for your application by looking at the key dates.
  • If you would like to attend a writing workshop , you can book through UoRLearn. 

Learn more about the CPD Route and the different resources available

Should you experience any difficulty accessing the webpages (for example, being redirected to the University homepage), please visit the IT support page.

Applying for Associate fellowship

Resources for those working towards Associate Fellowship

Applying for Fellowship

Resources for those working towards Fellowship

applying for senior fellowship

Resources for those working towards Senior Fellowship

applying for principal fellowship

Resources for those working towards Principal Fellowship

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