Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is meant by reflecting on your practice?

This involves describing the methodology of your practice, providing a rationale and evidence of evaluating activities with concrete outcomes/evidence. Put simply, individuals should address the following:  what do I do? How do I do it? Why do I do it that way and how do I know it works?

2. What is meant by ‘evidence’?

Applicants have to provide evidence of effectiveness (i.e. how do I know it works?). Student evaluations, student achievement rates, feedback from colleagues, who have seen applicants teach are a few examples that can be used to evidence effectiveness. However, do not forget to include some evaluation of these outcomes to further develop or inform practice.

N.B. Applications should not include appendices or images/pictures. Evidence should be discussed in the narrative.

3. Do I have to refer to pedagogic literature?

Pedagogic literature informs our understanding to enable us to teach/support learning. However, this falls in the broader spectrum of scholarship which also includes research, text books, journal articles and discipline-specific guidelines or regulations. Applicants need to show how scholarship in learning and teaching underpins relevant areas of their practice.

4. What is the difference between Fellow and Senior Fellowship?

For both Fellowships, applications need to evidence ALL the Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values. In addition, for Senior Fellowships, applications need to demonstrate sustained impact and influence, through responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes, subjects and/or disciplinary areas and, evidence of co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others (staff, colleagues) which can be individuals and/or teams in relation to learning and teaching.

5. What does it mean when my application is referred?

When an application is referred it means that further work is required before it can be accepted. Each applicant receives a summary of the panel’s decision highlighting what needs to be addressed. Sometimes this will be minor amendments/further clarification and the panel would expect that the revised application is re-submitted for the next submission call.

If, however, there are major issues with the application, under the guidelines, the applicant can either submit an application for different category of Fellowship or re-write the current application for a re-submission for the original category. If the latter is preferred, the applicant can postpone re-submission for a later, more appropriate deadline.

6. What are applications for Associate Fellow or Fellow usually referred on?

a) Lack of reflection

The application should not be written like a job application. The narrative has to demonstrate engagement with all the Dimensions of the UKPSF, which involves self-reflection on applicant’s own practice. This involves describing the methodology, providing a rationale and evidence of evaluating practice with concrete outcomes/evidence. Put simply, individuals should address the following:  what do I do? How do I do it? Why do I do it that way and how do I know it works?  If an application is referred, these questions have not been adequately addressed.

b) Lack of scholarship

Although some applications include substantial lists of references, it has to be apparent how this cited literature underpins their practice and not had a reference just ‘dropped in’ - for example if they are talking about giving lectures and Fry, et al. are referenced because there is  a chapter on lecturing, this does not evidence ‘use’ (V3). In other words how has engagement with a particular text or journal article informed their teaching.

c) Not clear exactly what the applicant has actually done

Applicants are advised to write in the first person so it is evident what you have done. Sometimes, applicants slip out of voice and start using ‘we’ or discussing teaching in general or abstract terms which does not evidence self-reflection. These applications need to be about the applicant’s own practice. If it was a team project, it needs to be clear what your contribution was.

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