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ATLAS is the Advancing Teaching: Lancaster Accreditation Scheme. It has been designed for colleagues with substantial experience of teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education to continue with their professional development in teaching, and in doing so gain professional recognition status with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by demonstrating their engagement with the UK Professional Standards for Teaching and Supporting Learning in HE (UKPSF).
This HEA accredited provision is available to academic colleagues with more than three years' experience of teaching in a full academic role in Higher Education. Pathways are also available for Professional Services staff who are involved in supporting student learning. Colleagues can work towards one of three categories of HEA Fellowship – Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow – appropriate to their role and experience. For a well-informed decision on which scheme to choose, we suggest looking at the Educational Development Programme Overviewdocument for a comparative table of the three key educational development programmes: ATLAS, PGCAP and ATP.ATLAS is a rolling programme, with workshops and review panels operating throughout the year. The aim is to offer you a flexible framework for engaging in CPD activities appropriate to your individual needs, enabling you to work towards your chosen professional recognition status, whilst acknowledging the busy professional context in which you are working.
To participate on the scheme you are expected to attend two half day workshops to help guide you on the pathway, and to introduce you to a network of colleagues who will be working towards recognition alongside you. There are also opportunities to access mentorship, as well as a range of development activities and resources to support your reflections on practice.
Achieving a fellowship status brings many personal and professional benefits. These include:
ATLAS is available to academic colleagues with more than three years' experience of teaching in a full academic role in Higher Education. Professional Services staff who are involved in supporting student learning may also apply. In the first instance, it will be helpful for you to identify a target Fellowship pathway using the Category of Fellowship guidance.
To notify us of your intention to join ATLAS, please complete the Application Form PDF or Application Form WORD as fully as possible, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome workshops run regularly throughout the year. However places are limited for each workshop, so please submit an application early to indicate a preferred start date. We will try to accommodate your preferences wherever possible. Priority for places will be given to staff for whom engagement on a programme of HEA accredited educational development is a requirement of their probationary agreement.*
*Please note that in some instances the programme team may wish to contact you for further information or to discuss your application, and may offer you a place on another pathway of development as appropriate to your prior experience.
Colleagues on ATLAS pathways are expected to attend a welcome session and at least one reflective analysis session. Writing workshops are open, with flexible attendance, and you are welcome to join any or all of multiple writing workshops.
(Capacity limited to 10 per session)
These are designed to provide an overview of the scheme, explanation of the professional experience pathways, and opportunity to ask questions about the pathway process in a collegial multidisciplinary environment. Please register for the programme indicating a preferred start date on the application form.
These are offered to support your engagement, review and critical reflection on your professional practice. These include critical discussions and activities to facilitate the identification of relevant practice and sources of evidence. You need to be registered to the ATLAS programme and will have attended an ATLAS Welcome Workshop before signing up to participate in a reflection workshop. Email email@example.com to book a place.
*Session runs in parallel with a Writing Spaces.
These aim to provide you with dedicated time and space to support your critically reflective writing. You are welcome to attend as many of these sessions as you like. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Additional dates: please note that there may be an opportunity for ATLAS participants to join one of the Individual Curriculum Enquiry (ICE) reading and writing days (dates below) which operate in a similar way as the ATLAS Writing Spaces workshops, and depending on availability at these workshops, book a slot with one of the educational developers to talk about your progress towards ATLAS submission.
ATLAS Submission dates:
Review Panel Meeting
26 January 2018
7 March 2018
16 March 2018
27 April 2018
7 June 2018
16 June 2018
15 June 2018
16 July 2018
25 July 2018
If you have other questions or queries about this scheme, please email email@example.com
There is an attendance commitment to at least two half-day workshops, with the further option of attending writing spaces to have scheduled time for writing your critical review of educational practice. You will also be able to spend around three hours in discussion with a scheme mentor during the process.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries.
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