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Reason #2 to look forward to the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014: the launch of UCL Arena

20 March 2014

A qualification, a programme of events and a new way to develop world-class teaching and learning at UCL

UCL Arena Teaching Learning Conference 2014

If you teach, supervise or support student learning at UCL, then you are being invited to join UCL Arena.

The UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 marks the official launch of the scheme, with Dr Dilly Fung, Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching, and Vice-Provost (Education) Professor Anthony Smith set to offer an early glimpse of UCL Arena in their opening talks. Here are the key facts:

What is UCL Arena?

UCL Arena, which is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, gives academic and professional staff the chance to gain a nationally recognised qualification based on their experience and expertise.

The scheme will also offer UCL staff plenty of opportunities to develop their knowledge of teaching and learning, share innovations and gain access to cutting edge pedagogy through a range of events.

How does it work?

Applicants can gain a UCL Arena Fellowship at one of three levels: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship. Each category requires a different level of experience and achievement in teaching and/or supporting students' learning. 

The application is not a lengthy document. It consists of four sections: personal information, developmental activities, four 500-word case studies and two supporting references.

Why has UCL Arena been introduced?

As shown in UCL’s strategic plan, UCL 2034, the integration of education with research is growing in importance at UCL, and the quality of students’ learning is a key priority. In addition, if you’re enabling students to learn, you are entitled to benefit personally from developmental opportunities and gain recognition for your experience and expertise.

What are the benefits?

The awards are respected both nationally and internationally. By gaining a UCL Arena Fellowship and the corresponding HEA Fellowship, Fellows will be entitled to use the post-nominal letters AFHEA, FHEA or SFHEA. Many Russell Group universities are offering similar accredited courses, as HEA Fellowship is now recognised as a standard qualification for all staff who teach or support students' learning in higher education.

To learn more about UCL Arena, register for the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014. To see the full programme of conference events, visit the CALT website.

You can also send your questions about UCL Arena to

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