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  1. Accrediting Staff ProfessionalismIn Research-Led Education Dr Dilly Fung Head of Academic Development D.Fung@exeter.ac.uk

  2. About ASPIRE: Development and Principles

  3. Accrediting Staff Professionalism In Research-Led Education

  4. Principles of ASPIRE at Exeter

  5. About ASPIRE: How does the scheme work for applicants?

  6. Four levels of ASPIREFellowship:mapped to HEA Fellowships Descriptor 4 Able to evidence a sustained and successful track record of impact as strategic leaders and managers, with a particular focus on teaching, learning, assessment and related areas within and beyond own institution.

  7. Fellowships: routes to achievement Descriptors 1 + 2 Descriptors 1, 2, 3, 4

  8. Two routes for claiming an ASPIRE award

  9. Evidence of ‘professional development’ includes:

  10. Feedback • Detailed feedback provided to each candidate, on: • The strengths of their application and professional achievements • Possible future directions to enhance practice (both quality and range) further in the future.

  11. About ASPIRE: How does the University make the scheme work?

  12. Developmental activities

  13. Assuring standards

  14. Discussion

  15. Unexpected benefits

  16. Development of applicants • The individual applicants have engaged in a number of developmental activities in order to prepare their applications, including ASPIRE workshops. They build new support networks, and access new kinds of developmental opportunities. • In receiving detailed feedback from the panel, applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful, receive targeted commendations and advice about future developmental possibilities.

  17. Development of senior staff • A wide range of senior staff involved in ASPIRE assessment panels - becoming very familiar with UKPSF. • An even wider range of staff have become involved as referees – again, promoting familiarity with UKPSF. • ASPIRE has enabled us to set up developmental sessions for all Academic Leads (line managers) -a catalyst for genuine and engaged discussion among senior staff, many of whom are research-focused. This enhanced knowledge can feed into the regular PDR (appraisal) meetings.

  18. Enhancement of other initiatives • Looking at reforming teaching review scheme into a more flexible Peer Dialogue Scheme, more congruent with the ASPIRE scheme. • The University has formally revised its reward and recognition structure for teaching staff, so that colleagues who are on teaching-led contracts can attain full recognition at professorial level if they meet certain criteria. ASPIRE/HEA Fellowships form explicit evidence for colleagues’ claims for progression.

  19. Most notable challenges

  20. Demands resources • Be under no illusions – time, money and collaborative strategic planning are needed to do this well • Stepping out into the unknown - inventing from scratch takes creative energy • Internal publicity strategy: needs to be continually re-worked • Responding to others’ interest in the scheme – great to be asked, but also takes time...

  21. Demands significant leadership qualities • The institution has to have confidence in its own judgements: the scheme (and its leaders) must be accountable • Scheme leaders need to believe in their own values and approaches, even under pressure: need a team approach and a genuine commitment to ongoing evaluation and change • Effective communication is vital, internally and externally.

  22. Discussion