About ATLAS

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.

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.

Benefits of joining the ATLAS scheme

Achieving a fellowship status brings many personal and professional benefits. These include:

  • Portable career asset, increasingly sought across the sector (e.g. included in most job descriptions, promotion criteria and reward processes), and becoming recognised by international institutions;
  • Entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA)
  • Gain national recognition for your role as a teacher and/supporter of learning within the HE context;
  • Ensure your practice is informed by the University strategic plans and aligned with a nationally recognised standard for HE;
  • Opportunity to critically reflect about and thereby enhance the quality and effectiveness of your professional practice in the area of teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

 

  • About ATLAS

    About ATLAS

    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.

    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.

    Benefits of joining the ATLAS scheme

    Achieving a fellowship status brings many personal and professional benefits. These include:

    • Portable career asset, increasingly sought across the sector (e.g. included in most job descriptions, promotion criteria and reward processes), and becoming recognised by international institutions;
    • Entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA)
    • Gain national recognition for your role as a teacher and/supporter of learning within the HE context;
    • Ensure your practice is informed by the University strategic plans and aligned with a nationally recognised standard for HE;
    • Opportunity to critically reflect about and thereby enhance the quality and effectiveness of your professional practice in the area of teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

     

  • Join ATLAS and Workshop Dates

    Join ATLAS and Workshop Dates

    ‌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 ATLAS PGCAP Application PDF or ATLAS PGCAP Application WORD ‌as fully as possible, and send it to atlas@lancaster.ac.uk

    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.

     

    ATLAS Workshop dates for 2017/18

    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.

    Welcome 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.

    2017/18

    • Friday 22nd September 2017, 9.30 am – 1 pm    FULL
    • Monday 25th September 2017, 1 – 4.30 pm    FULL
    • Wednesday 15th November 2017, 9.30 am – 1 pm    FULL
    • Friday 8th December 2017, 9.30 am – 1 pm  FULL
    • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm  FULL
    • Wednesday 14th March 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm
    • Friday 20th April 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm
    • Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm
    • Wednesday 11th July 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm

    Reflective Analysis Workshops

    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 atlas@lancaster.ac.uk to book a place.

    2017/18

    • Tuesday 28th November 2017, 9.30 am – 1 pm*   FULL
    • Wednesday 17th January 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm   FULL
    • Thursday 8th February 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm  FULL
    • Wednesday 11th April 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm*
    • Thursday 17th May 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm*
    • Monday 18th June 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm
    • Wednesday 18th July 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm

    *Session runs in parallel with a Writing Spaces.

    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 atlas@lancaster.ac.uk to book a place.

    2017/18

    • Tuesday 28th November 2017, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm*
    • Tuesday 9th January 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Wednesday 11th April 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm*
    • Thursday 17th May 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm*

     

    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.

     

    18th January 2018

    5th March 2018

    16th April 2018

    26th April 2018

    12th June 2018

    2nd  July 2018

     

    ATLAS Submission dates:

    Submission Deadline

    Review Panel Meeting

    Results Returned

    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 atlas@lancaster.ac.uk

     

     

  • ATLAS Process

    ATLAS Process

    ‌‌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.

    1. Identify an appropraite development pathway see here Category of Fellowship Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    2. Complete an ATLAS PGCAP Application WORD or ATLAS PGCAP Application PDFand sign up to a Welcome Workshop
    3. It is recommended you obtain departmental support for you application, and this is a requirement if undertaking ATLAS as part of your probationary agreement
    4. Attend and ATLAS Welcome Workshop, please click on the Join ATLAS and Workshop Dates tab above, explore the ATLAS Moodle site, and start developing your evidence map
    5. Identify potential peer referees who can support your application
    6. Work with a scheme mentor to support your reflections on educational practice, offer formative feedback on draft writing, and help you to focus your application towards the scheme requirements
    7. Identify and engage with relevant CPD activities to support your thinking and explore practice
    8. Sign up to attend a Reflective Analysis Workshop, please click on the Join ATLAS and Workshop Dates tab above, to help you to progress your application
    9. Sign up to attend Writing Spaces please click on the Join ATLAS and Workshop Dates tab above, to support you in the writing process
    10.Share your application to your two peer referees so that they can write supporting references to include in your final application
    11. Notify OED of you intention to submit an application, at least three weeks in advance of your chosen application submission deadline [a reminder will be sent to you via Moodle]
    12. Submit your completed application containing Evidence Map, Critical Review of Educational Practice, and two Peer Reference statements as a single Word or PDF document to the ATLAS Moodle site. Please note that, without exception, incomplete applications will not be allocated for review and will be deferred until the next panel.
    13. The ATLAS review panel convenes usually 4 weeks after the deadline, with Fellowship recognition decisions and feedback returned to you a week after the panel meeting

    Please email atlas@lancaster.ac.uk if you have any questions or queries.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Please click Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

  • LU Senior Fellows Network

    LU Senior Fellows Network

    Please click LUSFN for the Lancaster University Senior Fellows Network webpage or to get in touch with the network, email lusfn@lancaster.ac.uk

     

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