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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.

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.

Successful participants in the IOE's PGCLTHE who registered before or during 2014-15 will be eligible for Fellowship of the HEA.

Course Dates for 2015/16 and registration
Arena Two Overview

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