The Academy Revises its Professional Standards

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The Higher Education Academy has embarked on a process to revise its professional standards framework, last agreed in 2006.   The Academy notes:

Over the past four years, in addition to an emphasis on initial professional development, there have been calls for a stronger focus on continuing professional development and the place of teaching in institutional reward and recognition procedures and structures.  In light of these calls, and following the Browne Report (2010) which confirmed the continuing role of the UKPSF in ensuring that institutional provision "meets a nationally recognised minimum standard" (pg 48), we are undertaking a review of the UKPSF.

The aims of the review are to strengthen the framework ensuring it remains fit for purpose, and to develop appropriate enhancements to the framework (eg. links with reward and recognition processes)

I'm writing about this because sustainability gets a mention.  Actually, rather a significant one as it has been included as one of the 4 professional values.  The details are set out in the UKPSF_Consultation_document_Nov10, and my response to the consultation is here: HEA UKPSF CONSULTATION

The problem is, however, that this has been done in such a jargon-ridden, insider fashion that it can hardly achieve its objective of reaching and influencing all those members of universities who know little (and do less) about sustainability.  Where are the Plain English folk when you need them?

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