RELT (Recognising Excellence in Learning and Teaching) is the University’s Professional Development Framework for teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education. It encompasses our PgCLTHE taught programme and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme; it is accredited by Advance HE, providing external and independent confirmation that these programmes are aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF). It provides participants with the opportunity to be professionally recognised through Advance HE’s Fellowship Scheme.

During 2020-2021 we worked on seeking re-accreditation for our Professional Development Framework and in doing this looked at how we could further enhance our Framework. We are pleased to be able to confirm that following a successful Advance HE outcome (in which the University was commended around several areas of good practice), with effect from 1st September 2021 we are now working with our new RELT Framework.

You can find below some of the benefits in gaining Fellowship recognition.

  • It demonstrates national recognition of your commitment to professionalism in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.
  • Demonstrates that your practice is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (2011).
  • Provides an indicator of professional identity for HE practitioners, including the entitlement to use post-nominal letters – AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA and PFHEA.
  • It is a portable asset with UK-wide, and increasingly international, relevance.
  • It is highly recognised and increasingly valued by Higher Education (and Further Education) Institutions.
  • It is an opportunity to gain recognition for the work you do in the teaching and supporting learning of students.
  • Many advertised posts in UK HEIs now specify HEA recognition for appointment; in some institutions it may be a requirement for promotion.
  • More institutions see Fellowship Recognition as an essential requirement for colleagues involved in teaching and supporting learning.
  • Your institution gains from being able to claim its staff are appropriately qualified and recognised and your achievement can be recoded as part of the institutional Key Information Set (KIS) data.
  • Your students are likely to be pleased to be taught by a nationally recognised teacher.

If you are interested in progressing UKPSF/HEA Fellowship Applications through the CPD Programme within our Professional Development Framework then you should sign up to one of these workshops: Recognising Excellence in Learning and Teaching (RELT) – UKPSF/HEA Recognition Workshops

Teesside University Professional Development Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning: Recognising Excellence in Learning and Teaching (RELT)
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  • September 15, 2021 at 10:59
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    Having gone through the associate fellowship (AFHEA) route, I can say the RELT program provides a good platform to reflect on your teaching practice, learn new skills and subsequently improve on what works. I strongly recommend this

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