Application Process

Criteria & Guidance

Nominees will be required to submit a 2,000 word (max.) Fellowship application, which clearly articulates their role in developing individual excellence in teaching and learning and/or the support of Teaching and Learning within the University. 

The application should address the following criteria providing evidence for each, as appropriate to the member of staff's role within the University.

To assist you in preparing your application a pdf example of the blank form can be viewed here.  Please note: This link is for reference only and not the actual application form.

A link to the live form can be found under the 'Application Form' heading below.

1. Background Information (200 words max.)

Provide any contextual information in support of your Fellowship claim. This could, for example, include your rationale for applying, your teaching/teaching support philosophy, details of your current roles & responsibilities within the University of Reading.   

2. Individual excellence (600 words max.) 

  • Dedication to teaching and learning and/or its support
  • Stimulating and inspiring learning (e.g. teaching performance and module delivery evidenced by student evaluations and peer observation, creation of engaging materials)
  • Recognising and supporting a diversity of student learning needs
  • Willingness to adopt good practice and innovative approaches to teaching and learning and/or the support of Teaching and Learning.

3. Raising the profile of teaching and learning (600 words max.) 

  • Contributing to the development of colleagues in teaching and learning and/or its support (e.g. contributions to School training events, leading local/institutional initiatives and investigations into new teaching and support approaches)
  • Contributing to the development and understanding of teaching and learning and/or its support(e.g. through contributions to School, institutional and/or national initiatives, engagement with HEA)
  • Involvement in and/or leading teaching and learning initiatives or projects, (e.g. Teaching & Learning Development Fund (TLDF), JISC bids etc.)
  • Observed commitment to the dissemination of good practice in teaching and learning (e.g. writing articles/papers for teaching and learning publications, leading/participating in teaching and learning workshops within and outside the University etc.).

4. Developing excellence (600 words max.) 

  • Commitment to individual professional development. There is an expectation that applicants for the UTFS should be recognised at Descriptor 2 (or its equivalent) of the UKPSF and normally should be working towards Descriptor 3. Guidance for Staff on the HESA Codes for Teaching Qualifications
  • Demonstration of a reflective approach to teaching and learning and/or teaching and learning support
  • Awareness of teaching and learning initiatives both within the University and at a national level.

Application Process

A University Teaching Fellowship Panel will review the nominations and will select up to five University Teaching Fellows in the following way:

  • A call for applications will be announced by the Centre for Quality Support and Development. Applicants will be required to submit an online application using the form below.
  • UTFS Panel meets to review the applications and award Fellowships.
  • Feedback will be offered to unsuccessful candidates who will also be offered support by CQSD towards developing future applications

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.
  • From 2013-14 the expectation will be that applicants for the UTFS should be recognised at Descriptor 2 (or its equivalent) of the UKPSF and normally should be working towards Descriptor 3. Guidance for Staff on the HESA Codes for Teaching Qualifications
  • University Teaching Fellowship claims should be no more than 2000 words.
  • No extension will be allowed after the deadline for applications.
  • Applicants are expected to have discussed their application with their Head of School/Service and relevant Associate Dean for T&L prior to submitting their application to the Panel.
  • If you would like support with your application from an existing UTF, please contact Joy Collier: j.collier@reading.ac.uk
  • Please note that draft applications not submitted will be deleted after the submission deadline.

Application Form

The application form can be accessed either on campus or off campus using VPN.

The application form will be available from: Tuesday 20th March 2018

 https://www.reading.ac.uk/closed/tandl/forms/utfs

Should you experience any difficulty accessing or completing the application form (for example, being redirected to the homepage), please visit the IT support page for instructions on resolving this issue.

Dates

  • Scheme opens: Tuesday 20th March 2018
  • Closing date for applications: Midday Monday 14th May 2018
  • Panel meeting: Tuesday 22nd May 2018

UTFS Selection Panel

  • Two Teaching and Learning Deans (one from a Science based cluster and one from a non-Science based cluster where possible)
  • Two Reading National Teaching Fellows (one from a Science based cluster and one from a non-Science based cluster where possible)
  • CQSD representatives 
  • RUSU Education Officer

Things to do now

  • If you would like support with your application from an existing UTF, please contact Joy Collier, as detailed below. 

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