UCL Arena Open is a welcoming and 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), which means that UCL can confer awards relating to teaching and leading in higher education upon its own staff.
No matter what your job title, if you teach or support students’ learning at UCL, or if you lead on an area of education, (for example, as a programme coordinator, departmental tutor or team leader), you’re welcome to come along and participate when you choose.
You’re also invited to offer to create and lead sessions or other activities for UCL colleagues with a view to sharing good practice or innovations. Sessions cover a wide variety of topics relating to teaching and research supervision. They draw on and celebrate creative approaches to education across the whole breadth of subject areas and professional specialisms at UCL.
- Professional Recognition
UCL Arena Open gives experienced staff the opportunity to gain both a UCL Arena Fellowship and the corresponding HEA Fellowship in one of four categories – Associate Fellowship, Fellowship Senior Fellowship, or Principal Fellowship. These awards are made on the basis of your successful experience of teaching, supporting students’ learning or leading on an aspect of education at UCL.
The HEA Fellowship is a popular, flexible option for colleagues who missed out on gaining a ‘teaching in higher education’ qualification earlier in their career. It is recognised fully as a qualification by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
The HEA Senior Fellowship award exemplifies your achievements and impact if you are a leader in an area of education.
For more information on Principal Fellowship, please visit the PFHEA dedicated pages.
The awards entitle you to use the post-nominal letters AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA or PFHEA, depending on the category of Fellowship, and can be advantageous for career development, as many higher education institutions are now recognising their value.
- How would I work towards a fellowship award?
Having engaged with selected UCL Arena events or other developmental activities which relate to your teaching, supervision, student support or leadership role, you can apply for one of the categories of Fellowship by submitting a written or oral/multimedia application to an internal panel of academic and professional assessors.
Please note: If you are a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA), you should follow the Teaching Associate Programme presented by UCL Arena One.
If you are a Lecturer or Teaching Fellow on probation, you should participate in the Academic Practice Pathway presented by UCL Arena Two and follow the application guidelines given on that programme.
- Session details
- Submission deadline dates
Please note: You should attend an initial guidance session and at least one developing your application session before submitting an application. You can attend as many developing your application sessions as you need prior to submission.
There are various deadlines for submission to choose from to be considered for that round's recognition and fellowship.
- 18th January 2016
- 11th April 2016
- 6th June 2016
Please refer to Moodle for more information and to submit.
Please visit the Moodle at least a month before the deadline you have chosen. In the right-hand menu, click on the link relevant to the level of fellowship you are applying for and scroll down to 'Confirm your plans to apply'.
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org