University Teaching Fellowship Scheme

Overview

The University of Reading Teaching Fellowship is a prestigious award conferred on an individual who has demonstrated individual excellence and contributed to the development of teaching and learning within the University. The Fellowship is designed to support staff to further develop in this area. Up to five Teaching Fellowships will be awarded each year.

Applicants for the UTFS would normally be recognised at Descriptor 2 (or its equivalent) of the UKPSF and should typically be working towards Descriptor 3 (A Senior Fellow of the Academy). However, this is not a prerequisite for applying. Guidance for Staff on the HESA Codes for Teaching Qualifications

Please note that successful completion of the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), Academic Practice Programme (APP) or the Teaching and Learning Support Programme (TLSP) is not in itself a sufficient case for a successful UTFS application.

Read more about University of Reading staff experiences of the UTFS on our page Why I applied for a University Teaching Fellowship.

Purpose

  • Recognise and reward excellence in teaching and the support of student learning
  • Raise the status of teaching in the University as a scholarly activity

Benefits 

  • 'Title for life', e.g. Teaching Fellow of the University of Reading.
  • Each Fellow to receive a bursary of £2,000 in their SDA to support their professional and personal development (for example, to enable them to present their work at a national conference). A progress update on the use of the bursary should be sent to the PVC (Teaching and Learning) by the end of July in the year following the award of UTF.

Responsibilities of Fellows

  • It is expected that Fellows will use their Fellowship to develop their teaching and learning work and further build an evidence base which could be used in support of a future National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) application
  • Fellows are also expected to play an active role in the University's FLAIR (Facilitating Learning and Teaching Achievement and Individual Recognition) CPD Framework. For example providing mentoring support for applicants to FLAIR, membership of FLAIR professional recognition panels etc. 
  • Fellows will take an active role in teaching development through participation in and where appropriate, leadership of University Working Groups
  • Fellows will take an active role in the dissemination of their own practice and in supporting the wider spread of good practice across the University
  • Become an active member of the University Teaching Fellows' Community of Practice
  • Contribute to staff training and development, as appropriate
  • Provide peer support to future Fellows and participate in an active network of Fellows
  • Be willing to engage in and / or support other teaching and learning initiatives

Responsibilities of the University

  • The University, through the Centre for Quality Support and Development will provide support for Fellows
  • To provide opportunities for internal dissemination and adoption of good practice within the University
  • In addition, Fellows will be supported in making applications for funding from external bodies for teaching and learning projects (where this aligns with the University's strategic priorities).

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