FLAIR: CPD Route

What is the FLAIR CPD scheme?

cpdpicThe FLAIR CPD scheme is an internal accreditation process which enables experienced staff to gain professional recognition for the work they do in teaching or supporting learning. The scheme is accredited by the HEA and fully aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), a national framework for comprehensively recognising and benchmarking teaching and learning support within Higher Education. Where previously applications for Fellowship had to be made directly to the HEA itself, our institutional accreditation allows us to award all categories of HEA Fellowship (Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow) through our internal scheme (the FLAIR CPD Scheme).

What will I gain by participating in the FLAIR CPD scheme?

"Not only has the FLAIR scheme enabled me to gain professional acknowledgement of my work in supporting teaching and learning within the University, but I personally found the application process to be a stimulating, intellectual challenge, and a valuable exercise in reflecting on my current practices and how I can take these forward in the future." Kerry Webb (FHEA), Librarian

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How does HEA Fellowship benefit me? FLAIR CPD - Benefits

"FLAIR for me was so much more than the end product. It was really and truly a process of growth and reflection, and it taught me to give myself a bit more credit for what I have achieved. It also taught me that the world won't collapse if I am occasionally selfish and spend time on personal development, and that in the long run it will benefit the University." Dr Laura Bennett (SFHEA), Associate Professor, School of Law

To read why other successful applicants applied for Fellowship and what the benefits have been please see Talking teaching: Why I became an HEA Fellow.

In addition, the profile of staff qualifications has risen in importance across the sector driven by HEFCE's commitment to publishing HESA data on academic teaching qualifications. (https://www.hefce.ac.uk/lt/wider/atq/) Fellowship of the HEA is recognised as a relevant qualification by HESA and so the FLAIR CPD scheme supports the University's target for 80% of relevant staff to be recognised as qualified (as defined by the HESA data) by the end of the academic year 2018-19.

Who can apply?

The CPD scheme is inclusive as all experienced staff who teach and/or support learning, whatever their job title, can apply for professional recognition through the scheme. The CPD scheme also supports existing Fellows who want to apply 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?

In order to construct a successful application applicants are likely to have experience of teaching or supporting learning in higher education over a period of three years or more. However, the assessment process is concerned with the nature of the experience gained more than the exact period of service or number of contact hours with learners. The key to a successful application is, therefore, having sufficient evidence to document experience in a way that demonstrates the Dimensions of the UKPSF, rather than with the amount of teaching experience.

What does it involve?

The FLAIR CPD scheme is designed to be flexible. There is a rolling process of enrolment, and assessment panels take place twice each term.

The application requirements vary according to category of Fellowship. An overview is provided below but more information can be found in the relevant Descriptor Guide or by attending one of our regular briefing events.

ASSOCIATE FELLOW

FELLOW

1

Application form

Application form

2

Professional Activity Table (3 entries)

Indicative word count: 1800 words

Professional Activity Table (5 entries)

Indicative word count: 3000 words

3

CPD log

CPD log

4

References

References

 

SENIOR FELLOW

ROUTE A (WRITTEN)

SENIOR FELLOW

ROUTE B (ORAL)

PRINCIPAL FELLOW

 

1

Application form

Application form

Application form

2

Professional Activity Table

(8 entries)

Professional Activity Table

(8 entries)

Record of Educational Impact (REI)

(10 entries)

3

2 case studies

EITHER

Two written case studies (each 1,500-words)

OR

One 1,500 word written case study + one video case study (approximately 10 minutes with accompanying one-side A4 handout)

Oral assessment:

1. Oral presentation of 2 case studies

2. Panel discussion: Further discussion of case studies and PAT

3 case studies

EITHER

Three written case studies (each 1,500-words)

OR

Two 1,500 word written case study + one video case study (approximately 10 minutes with accompanying one-side A4 handout)

4

CPD log

CPD log

CPD log

5

References

References

Advocate Statements

What support will I receive?

CQSD runs regular writing retreats to support staff through the application process. These writing retreats are an opportunity to work on your application with experienced mentors on hand to provide one-to-one support and advice. Applicants to the FLAIR CPD scheme are entitled to the equivalent of two days of writing retreat support. In addition, a thirty minute "fit to submit" appointment can be booked shortly before submission to run through any final queries about the process of submission.

What to do next

If you are interested in learning more about the scheme, there are regular lunchtime briefing events. You can book a place on a briefing by visiting Employee Self-Service. The dates for the briefings and other key dates can be found here. More information about the scheme can also be found in the Handbook and Descriptor Guides which can be found on the webpage for the relevant Descriptor: Associate Fellow (D1); Fellow (D2); Senior Fellow (D3); Principal Fellow (D4).

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