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UKPSF

UK Professional Standards Framework and the Queen Mary Academy Taught Programmes

Queen Mary is committed to the continuous development of teaching practice, and is embedding professional standards of teaching into its practice and appraisal scheme, aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), with its 5 areas of activities, Core Knowledge and Professional Values. The Queen Mary Academy Taught Programmes are accredited by the Advance HE (formerly known as the Higher Education Academy), and the programme is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework.

The UKPSF is a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within HE teaching and learning support which is managed by Advance HE.  It forms a comprehensive set of professional standards and guidelines for everyone involved in teaching and supporting learning in HE.  The UKPSF can be applied to personal development programmes at individual or institutional level to improve teaching quality.

The framework identifies the diverse range of teaching and support roles and environments. These are reflected and are expressed in the Dimensions of Professional Practice.

The UKPSF clearly outlines the Dimensions of Professional Practice with HE teaching and learning support as:

  • areas of activity undertaken by teachers and support staff
  • core knowledge needed to carry out those activities at the appropriate level
  • professional values that individuals performing these activities should exemplify.

Areas of Activity

Core Knowledge

Professional Values

Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study

The subject material

 

Respect individual learners and diverse learning communities

 

Teach and/or support learning

Appropriate methods for teaching, learning and assessing in the subject area and at the level of the academic programme

Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners

 

Assess and give feedback to learners

 

How students learn, both generally and within their subject/disciplinary area(s)

 

Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development

 

Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance

 

The use and value of appropriate learning technologies

 

Acknowledge the wider context in which higher education operates, recognising the implications for professional practice

Engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices

Methods for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching

 
 
 

The implications of quality assurance and quality enhancement for academic and professional practice with a particular focus on teaching

 

 

More details are available on the Advance HE website

The Taught Route is mapped against the UKPSF and enables participants to demonstrate their practice in each of the dimensions of the framework.  The Taught Route Handbook provides a detailed mapping of the programme against the UKPSF.  Participants will be also introduced to the UKPSF and its role at the programme induction.  The Taught Route leads to HEA recognition at either Associate Fellow (CILT) or Fellow (PGCAP).  After completion of these courses and as participants’ careers and roles progress, they may wish to make an application for Senior or Principal Fellow.