From September 2020, academic and professional services staff will be able to access a new curriculum to support the development of their teaching and research. The Academic Professional Development for All Staff provision - better known as APDaS - will offer access to development opportunities for all staff interested in enhancing their teaching practice, or research skills. APDaS will also be the mechanism by which we will support probationers and experienced staff who wish to apply for HEA fellowship by enabling them to customise a Pathway to HEA Fellowship (PHEAF) through our provision.
The new curriculum is championed by the Centre for Learning and Teaching, and will be delivered in partnership with other professional service departments, including Research Innovation Services, the Library, the Careers Service, and Workforce Development. All teaching-related activities and resources will be linked to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the AUA Standards and Principles, as appropriate.
The launch of APDaS will mean that experienced staff, as well as probationers will be able to enjoy the same opportunity to reflect on their teaching or research as part of their HEA Fellowship application. For probationers, the newly accredited pathways of core, choice and optional training activities, which replace the Bath Course. These pathways will allow them to personalise their learning, whilst receiving support from the Academic Staff Development team within the CLT who will ensure that their APDaS engagement is sufficient to enable them to gain Fellowship. Experienced staff will be able to choose to engage with as many activities as are appropriate to their needs and interests.
All staff will have access to the CLT Hub, which will serve as a one-stop shop for APDaS professional development resources and workshops, as well as other activities relating to learning, teaching and researcher development.
The APDaS provision will be ready to launch at the start of Semester 1, with more information about the sessions available being released later this month and during August.