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Professional development

If you teach, supervise, assess or support students’ learning at UCL, in any context, UCL Arena is for you.

It’s a meeting place for colleagues to share approaches to teaching and learning in our research-intensive university - a conceptual space for debate and exploration.

UCL Arena is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, so it’s also a place in which you can choose to gain professional recognition awards for your teaching expertise. 

Depending on the length and scope of your teaching-related experience, you can choose to apply for an Associate Fellowship, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

UCL Arena has a physical home in Torrington Place, where a programme of lively seminars and workshops provides a menu of opportunities. You can choose options which work for you, whether you’re new to teaching or an old hand, and whatever your job title.

UCL Arena has three strands. Please click on the link below which relates to your role. There you’ll find out more about what UCL Arena can offer you – and also more about what you can contribute to the UCL Arena community.

Arena One

Arena One

UCL Arena One is a development pathway for postgraduate students who teach (usually called PGTAs) at UCL, leading (optionally) to the submission of an application to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



Arena Open

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.

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.

Arena Two

Arena Open

UCL Arena Open is a flexible programme of events and opportunities which focus on advancing research-based education at UCL. The scheme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), meaning that UCL can confer awards relating to teaching & leadership upon its own staff.