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UCL Arena Two

This part of UCL Arena is for you if you are a Lecturer or Teaching Fellow on probation, and need to gain a teaching qualification in order to complete your probationary requirements.

Alternatively you can study for the Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education (PCTLHPE) at the Institute of Education. (Please email arena.two@ucl.ac.uk if you are interested in doing the certificate.)

Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education Programme (Word doc).

UCL Arena Two is the Academic Practice Pathway – a series of activities based on dialogue with peers, and teaching observations. It has a particular focus on approaches to teaching in your subject.

The programme is very flexible, and centres on six two hour meetings during a one year period. During this time you will be asked to:

  • engage in focused conversations with your colleagues
  • explore the diversity of approaches to teaching, course design and assessment at UCL, and the support structures available for both students and staff
  • read some education literature focused on teaching your own subject in a university setting
  • consider wider dimensions of academic practice, including building a successful career within a research-intensive institution
  • observe colleagues teaching, both within and outside your own subject field
  • develop some short case studies (written, audio and/or audio) of ways in which you are developing your own approaches to teaching, assessment, course design, supervision and/or student support in your department.

This course enables you to apply for a UCL Arena Fellowship, which will also entitles you to a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. Staff with 3 years full time teaching experience may be entitled to exemption. Please see section on exemption below. Applications can be written or through an oral or multi-media presentation. A successful application will entitle you to use the post-nominal letters FHEA, and will mean that you are recognised by the UK Higher Education Statistic Agency as qualified to teach in higher education.

Course Dates for 2014/15 and registration

  • Please sign up for your chosen session below. Please note, you should be available attend all 6 sessions on the dates listed within that group.
  • You only need to attend one group of 6x2-hour sessions in total
  • All sessions will be held in the Arena Room, 1-19 Torrington Place
  • We endeavour to offer everyone their first group choice, but due to limited places this may not be possible. During registration we will be asking you to pick a second group choice
  • We will confirm your place early in September 2014

If you have any questions, please email Peter Phillips: arena.two@ucl.ac.uk

AUTUMN 2014

Group A –Mondays, 10am - 12pm
1. 6 October
2. 20 October
3. 10 November
4. 24 November
5. 8 December
Last Session to prepare for work towards Fellowship application
6. 19 January 2015

**This group is now full**


Group B – Wednesdays, 3pm - 5pm
1. 8 October
2. 22 October
3. 12 November
4. 26 November
5. 10 December
Last Session to prepare for work towards Fellowship application
6. 21 January 2015 (10am – 12pm)

**This group is now full**


Group C – Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
1. 9 October
2. 23 October
3. 13 November
4. 27 November
5. 11 December
Last Session to prepare for work towards Fellowship application
2. 22 January 2015

**This group is now full**


SPRING 2015

Group D – Mondays, 10 am - 12pm
1. 12 January
2. 26 January
3. 9 February
4. 2 March
5. 16 March
Last Session to prepare for work towards Fellowship application
6. 20 April

Register for Group D


Group E – Thursdays 3pm - 5pm
1. 15 January
2. 29 January
3. 12 February
4. 5 March
5. 19 March
Last Session to prepare for work towards Fellowship application
6. 23 April

Register for Group E

Exemption

Exemption from attendance from either Arena Two or the full Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education (PCTLHPE), taught by the Institute of Education, can be claimed only on one of the following grounds:

1. You already hold a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (or equivalent).    

In this case, please download the exemption form (below) and complete Form A and send it, along with a copy of the relevant certificate(s) and an up-to-date CV, to Arena.Two@ucl.ac.uk.

If in doubt about the equivalence of your qualification, you are welcome to email the above address to make a preliminary enquiry.            

2. You have been teaching in higher education for more than three years (full time equivalent) and can evidence engagement with a range of professional development activities related to teaching in HE.               

In this case, you may be eligible to make a direct application for an HEA Fellowship award via the UCL Arena Open scheme. In order to confirm that your experience is sufficient to undertake a direct application, please download the exemption form (below) and complete Form B and send it, along with an up-to-date CV, to Arena.Two@ucl.ac.uk.

Useful information, forms and guidelines:

Should I attend Arena Two or the Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the Institute of Education?

The table below is a comparision between Arena Two and the Professional Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PCTLHE) at the Institute of Education (IoE).

Arena Two

PCTLHE at the IoE

Non-credit bearing UCL-based course with UCL participants 60 academic credits (~600 learning hours) at Master's level which entitle participants to HEA Fellowship
12 contact hours 42 contact hours
Application for UCL Arena/HEA Fellowship including details of teaching-related continuing professional development (CPD) and two open references (at least one from UCL) Assessment by written coursework (2 x 5000 word assignments)
Written option - 4 x ~500 word case studies; OR oral option - 20 minute presentation Focus is on learning and teaching in professional and higher education with participants from a range of institutions

If you have any questions about this pathway, please email arena.two@ucl.ac.uk.

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