FLAIR: Academic Practice Programme (APP)

cqsd-APPThe University regards the highest quality of teaching as a key component of the student experience, and is therefore committed to ensuring that all staff at Reading involved in teaching and supporting learning are appropriately supported in their role as teachers and supporters of learning. The APP aims to begin the process of academic career planning and forms the new taught pathway within the University's HEA accredited FLAIR Framework.

The APP is a contractual requirement for probationary academic staff and staff at Grade 6 or above who hold substantive teaching and learning responsibilities and whose contracts are 0.5 FTE or more. For senior academic appointments, where staff have not previously gained a track record (normally 10 years or more) of relevant teaching experience, the expectation is that they will participate in the APP provided their contract is 0.5 FTE or more. We have however always welcomed participants who do not fall within the contractual eligibility criteria (school endorsed participants). It is important that participants have a guarantee of a sufficient teaching load over the course of the programme (for EDMAP1 over the spring term) to support the module/programme requirements. Please note that the programme is accredited for Higher Education and therefore teaching must therefore be at this level, at least at Part one undergraduate, Level 4.

The APP consists of two modules totalling 40 credits at Level 7: 

 Mod Code  Module Title  Credits  Level
EDMAP1  Introduction to Academic Practice  10
EDMAP2  Developing Academic Practice  30  7
EDMAP3 (optional) Academic Research and Practice   20  7

Those who successfully complete EDMAP1 are eligible for recognition by the HEA as Associate Fellows, and those who go on to also successfully complete EDMAP2 are eligible for recognition as Fellows.

For those wishing to gain a stand-alone teaching qualification the new Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) is available via a further, optional 20-credit Level 7 module (EDMAP3) which provides an opportunity for you to advance your knowledge and understanding in a specific area of academic practice through a small-scale research project.

The APP starts each year in December/January and there is just one cohort per year (View the dates for the 2017 cohort and dates for the 2018 cohort). It is delivered in intensive blocks and is designed to be completed over a 19 month period. Priority for places will be given to those for whom it is a contractual requirement; however, a limited number of places may be available each year for those wanting to undertake the APP or its modules therein on a voluntary basis.

If you would like further details or to discuss the APP, please download the current Programme Handbook or contact Jackie Ward, Admissions Tutor, Centre for Quality, Support and Development. Email j.ward@reading.ac.uk or telephone 0118 378 7310. The current Module Handbooks can be downloaded using the links on the left of the page.

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