Supporting Learning Programme

Support for associate teachers, in particular Postgraduates and researchers who teach, is provided through the Higher Education Academy accredited and SEDA recognised Supporting Learning Programme (SLP) and the one-day Survival Skills workshops.

You are also encouraged to take advantage of any of the Continuing Professional Development opportunities, intended for all those at Lancaster involved in teaching and supporting students learning.

The Supporting Learning Programme is designed to provide a framework for the academic and professional development of those who hold posts which involve some duties and responsibilities for supporting the development and/or delivery of learning opportunities.

Potential participants include a wide range of staff who support learning using information technology; in the laboratory; with flexible learning systems; in the studio or clinic; research staff with specialist teaching responsibilities; library, careers and advisory staff or hourly paid lecturers or seminar leaders with prescribed duties.

There is a requirement that participants have at least 10 hours of teaching contact time, or where contact hours are less, that they have a significant level of responsibility for that teaching.

The aims of the programme are:

The programme is designed so that you can work on it part-time as you teach. There are core attendance sessions and submission deadlines in place to offer a structure to the programme, and to help you to prioritise the programme at certain times.

There are two routes to completing the SLP, but for both routes you need a minimum of 10 hours teaching time during the term in which you are planning to do the programme. If you have fewer contact teaching hours than this, but a significant level of responsibility for the teaching you are doing, please contact the course director, Susan Armitage (01524 510621 or s.armitage(at) to discuss the suitability of this course.

The SLP Intensive Route:

This route is now underway, but please email oed(at) to register your interest in applying for the 3 day introductory workshop in intro week of the Michaelmas term in 2014/15

The SLP Top Up Route

Requires prior completion of a Survival Skills workshop during academic years 2011-12, 2012-13, or 2013-14 followed by attendance at a one day workshop from 9:30-4:00, usually held in the teaching rooms in the HR Building. This is scheduled to take place on Monday 14th October, week 2 of Michaelmas term, and Friday 24th January 2014, week 2 Lent term. This is followed by a two hour peer group tutorial midway through the 4-month programme and another one month prior to the assessment deadline.

The top-up workshop is a full day from 9:30-4:00 and is held in the teaching rooms in the HR Building.

To apply for a place on the 2013/14 programme please complete this application form and return it to the OED email address:


Guidelines for completion of the application form for the Supporting Learning Programme.

The deadline for applications for Michaelmas routes is 9th September 2013. If you are unable to complete the application form by this time then please email OED and if places are still available we might be able to accommodate you. For the topup route in January the deadline is Monday 6th January 2014.

Please note: Places are limited and they fill quickly, therefore early application is recommended.

More information about SLP is available via the Frequently Asked Questions list.

Successful completion of the SLP leads to recognition as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy - the national body for teaching in HE in the UK ( ) and a Staff & Educational Development Association (SEDA) Supporting Learning Award.

Lancaster University Students Union provides advice and guidance to all students at Lancaster and in 2012/13 is developing further its support for postgraduates who teach

Further enquiries and early expressions of interest can be addressed to:

Sarah Harris
Tel: 01524 5-10616

Last updated: 25.03.2013 (SA)

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