Teaching accreditation and recognition

These pages provide University of Plymouth teaching staff with information on opportunities for attaining recognition for Teaching and Learning in higher education, accredited by Advance HE and mapped against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Educational Development currently offer the following four development opportunities:

The Introduction to Teaching and Learning (ITL) module which is a 20 credit, M-level taught module, accredited by Advance HE against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The ITL module is for new staff:

  • with a role in teaching / support of student learning that is above 180 hours p.a. (0.2 full-time equivalent);
  • who have less than one year full time teaching experience in UK Higher Education (HE), and
  • who have not yet gained an appropriate qualification or professional recognition.

On completion participants will gain 20 credits and Associate Fellowship of Advance HE.

The Teaching Development Framework (TDF) is a route for new and established staff:

For new staff:

  • with a role in teaching / support of student learning that is above 180 hours p.a. (0.2 full-time equivalent), and
  • who have at least one year full time teaching experience in UK Higher Education but have not yet gained an appropriate qualification or professional recognition.

For established staff:

  • subject to capacity, the Scheme is also open to established staff who wish to attain a category of HEA fellowship on a voluntary basis.

Supporting Assessment Learning and Teaching-extended (SALT-e) is a professional development opportunity for newly appointed Associate Lecturers, Associate Tutors and Demonstrates who have a fractional role (typically equivalent to or below 180 hours / year) in teaching or supporting students learning. 

Supporting Assessment, Learning and Teaching (SALT) is a blended workshop for PhD students with little or no experience of teaching or supporting learning. This includes PhD students, Doctoral Teaching Assistants (TDAs) and Teaching & Research Assistants (TARAs).

For further information on each of these please follow the links below.

The University seeks to ensure that all staff engaged in teaching activities at Plymouth are appropriately professionally trained. As a result, our staff meet expected professional standards, contributing to the University’s enterprise mission. For more information on this please refer to the following two policies:

For further information about the University's teaching, accreditation, recognition and qualifications, please email ed@plymouth.ac.uk