Enabling Learning by Valuing Teachers. Jane Thomas Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow Director of SALT (Swansea Academy of Learning & Teaching) Superintendent of Assessment, Swansea University Deputy Head, Learning, Teaching and Professional Issues -
Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow
Director of SALT (Swansea Academy of Learning & Teaching)
Superintendent of Assessment, Swansea University
Deputy Head, Learning, Teaching and Professional Issues -
College of Human and Health Sciences
Learning is acquiring new, or modifying existing, knowledge, behaviours, skills, values or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information.
Learning is not compulsory; it is contextual.
Learning may be viewed as a process, rather than a collection of factual and procedural knowledge.
Learning is based on experience.
Teaching is defined “as imparting knowledge to or instruct (someone) as to how to do something;
To cause (someone) to learn or understand something by example or experience;
To encourage someone to accept (something) as a fact or principle: make (someone) less inclined to do something.
(Oxford English Dictionary 6-12-12)
Internally – ELTA/ESSA
Externally by application – HEA
External peer review - NTF
Distinguished Teaching Awards / ELTA (Excellence in Learning & Teaching Award)
Fellowship of the HEA
National Teaching Fellow
The university has been running the DTA since 2001 and it has now been renamed the ELTA (Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award) to align with the University’s emphasis on recognizing excellence across the institution.
Enhancements are also to be made to the nominations process and the publicity strategy to increase the numbers of nominations and increase student engagement with the process.
An Excellence in Student Support Award will be introduced for non-teaching staff (ESSA).
Linked to the UK Professional
UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)
3 nominations per institution – England and Wales all HEIs
Up 55 awards of £10k
External peer review
Call for nominations/applications released -December
Nominations close – March
Nominees informed – June
Announcements – July
Awards Ceremony - October
Evidence of enhancing and transforming the student learning experience commensurate with the individual’s context and the opportunities afforded by it
Stimulating student interest
Inspiring commitment to learning
Generating high quality resources
Enhancing student learning
Supporting the diversity of student needs
Drawing on research, scholarship and professional practice to add value to learning and teaching
Contributing to the literature/evidence base
2. Raising the profile of excellence
Evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning; demonstrating impact and engagement beyond one’s immediate academic/professional role
Outstanding contributions to colleagues’ professional development in relation to promoting and enhancing student learning
Contributing to departmental/college/institutional/national initiatives to facilitate student learning
Contributing to and/or supporting meaningful and positive
change with respect to pedagogic practice, policy
3. Developing excellence:
Evidence of the nominee’s commitment to his/her ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support
Ongoing review and enhancement of individual professional practice
Engaging in professional development activities which enhance the nominee’s expertise in teaching and learning support
Engaging in the review and enhancement of one’s own professional and/or academic practice
Specific contributions to significant improvements in the student learning experience
Jane Thomas – 1st Welsh Nurse to join the NTF community
Dr Charles Buckley – Bangor PGCE
Ruth Matheson – UWIC Learning & Teaching Development Unit
Sheila Oliver – Cardiff Dentistry
‘Research Led and Practice Driven’
Newly introduced progression route using criteria which value teaching attributes within a specified framework from
Tutor Lecturer Senior Lecturer Reader/Chair
Valuing teachers whether by nomination, self-selection, peer review or selection enhances the student and teacher experience. This institution does so but we can all engage more fully and recognise the impact of our best teachers and the wider beneficial effects they can have.
SALT = opportunity, partnership and engagement