Academic Development and Quality Enhancement

Staff Development, Awards and Recognition

Here at Sussex, we provide several pathways for researchers and staff to develop their Higher Education (HE) teaching skills and to gain professional recognition for their HE teaching experience. So whether you're a PhD student looking to start teaching in the near future or a member of staff with some teaching experience you'd like to gain recognition for, we have a pathway to support your continued professional development.

Starting to Teach

Starting to Teach is a 15 credit masters' level module for those new to teaching in Higher Education. It provides the mandatory training for all those taking on teaching at the University with less than 3 years of teaching experience in HE, but it's also open to researchers and other staff across the university who want to prepare to teach or continue their professional development.

Starting to Teach is also accredited by the Higher Education Academy and so allows people with HE teaching experience to gain Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

PGCertHE

The PGCertHE is a 60 credit level 7 course, taken part-time, and allows permanent staff in teaching roles to continued their professional development and gain a professional teaching qualification. The PGCertHE at Sussex ia also accredited by the Higher Education Academy, and successful completion of the PGCertHE gains you Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

While the PGCertHE is a requirement for new permanent members of staff with less than 3 consectutive years of teaching experience in HE, the PGCertHE is also open to permanent staff with more experience as a way of continuing your professional development and gaining recognition for the expertise you've acquired through your teaching practice.

Which course is for you?

PhD students

Starting to Teach is open to all PhD students at Sussex, whether you have teaching duties or not.

Doctoral students without prior HE teaching experience or current teaching responsibilites can attend Starting to Teach as part of their professional development and preparation for when they will teach. Having completed the course, you will receive a certificate from the University in recognition that you have completed the University's training.

Doctoral students with current teaching responsibilities will be asked to attend Starting to Teach as part of these duties. Not only will the module support you in your teaching role, it will allow you to gain a nationally recognised award as part of your continued professional development, an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Staff on fixed-term contracts and/or on less than 0.4FTE with less than 3 years teaching in Higher Education

Relevant roles: Teaching Fellows, Lecturers, Associate Tutors, Research Fellows and staff in roles supporting HE teaching (e.g. the Library, Careers, IT)

Contract type: Fixed term or less than 0.4FTE

If you fit these criteria, you are entitled to attend Starting to Teach to support your continued professional development and to turn your current teaching experience into a nationally recognised teaching award, an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching Fellows and Research Fellows at 0.4FTE or above who are on fixed term contracts of 2 years or more may be eligible to undertake the PGCertHE with the agreement of their line manager.

Staff on permanent contracts at or above 0.4FTE with less than 3 years teaching in Higher Education

Relevant roles: Teaching Fellows, Lecturers, Research Fellows, and staff in roles supporting HE teaching (e.g. the Library, Careers, IT)

Contract type: Permanent contracts at or above 0.4THE

If you fit these criteria, have teaching duties as part of your role and have less than 3 years consecutive Higher Education teaching experience, you will be asked to complete the PGCertHE as part of your continued professional development.

 

Staff on permanent contracts at or above 0.4FTE with more than 3 years experience teaching in Higher Education

Relevant roles: Lecturers, Teaching Fellows, Research Fellows, and staff in roles supporting HE teaching (e.g. the Library, Careers, IT)

Contract type: Permanent at or above 0.4FTE

If you are on a permanent contract at or above 0.4FTE and have more than 3 years teaching experience, you may want to consider completing the PGCertHE as part of your continued professional development and as a way of gaining a nationally recognised professional qualification based on your teaching practice.

Contact us

If you're not sure which is the right pathway for you, get in touch and we can help you find the relevant course.

Starting to Teach

Administration and registration team: Emmy Bastin via Startingtoteach@sussex.ac.uk

Course convenor: Dr Liz Sage (L.Sage@sussex.ac.uk)

PGCertHE

Administrative team: Emmy Bastin via PGCertHEadmin@sussex.ac.uk

Course convenor: Dr. Tamsin Hinton-Smith

Teaching Awards at Sussex

We are currently reviewing what teaching awards at Sussex will look like. You can find out who the past winners of teaching awards at Sussex are by visting the winners of teaching awards page.