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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 -

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Enabling learning by valuing teachers

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 -

College of Human and Health Sciences

Enabling learning by valuing teachers

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.

(Wikipedia 6-12-12)

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)

Valuing teaching

Valuing teaching

Student evaluation

Peer review



Internally – ELTA/ESSA

Externally by application – HEA

External peer review - NTF

Enabling learning by valuing teachers

Distinguished Teaching Awards / ELTA (Excellence in Learning & Teaching Award)

Fellowship of the HEA

National Teaching Fellow

Dta elta


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).

Hea fellowship

HEA Fellowship

Associate Fellow


Senior Fellow

Principal Fellow

Linked to the UK Professional

Standards Framework



UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)







Ntf selection

NTF selection

NTFS scheme

HEA hosted/funded

Annual Awards

3 nominations per institution – England and Wales all HEIs

Up 55 awards of £10k

External peer review

‘Fellowship’ NTFA

The ntfs process

The NTFS process

Call for nominations/applications released -December

Nominations close – March

Nominees informed – June

Announcements – July

Awards Ceremony - October

Selection criteria

Selection criteria

Individual excellence:

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

Selection criteria1

Selection criteria

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

and/or procedure

Selection criteria2

Selection criteria

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

The 2012 fellows

The 2012 Fellows:

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’

Route 2 progression

Route 2: Progression

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