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.  For a well-informed decision on which scheme to choose, we suggest looking at the Educational Development Programme Overview document 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.

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

‌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 request an application form and notify us of your intention to join ATLAS, please email Jo Nicholson at atlas@lancaster.ac.uk  You will then be sent a link to a Box file where you can download and complete your application form securely.

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 2018/19

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 for ATLAS workshops is limited to 10 per session, please book for these workshops in advance 

Welcome Workshops

This workshop is 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 

  • Wednesday 11th July 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm  FULL

2018/19 

  • Friday 21st September 2018,  9.30 am – 1 pm     
  • Wednesday 28th November 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm 
  • Tuesday 19th February 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm   
  • Thursday 16th May 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm

Reflective Analysis Workshops

This workshop is 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 or request to be placed on a waiting list.

2017/18 

  • Wednesday 18th July 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm

2018/19 

  • Thursday 6th September 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm
  • Wednesday 14th November 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm       
  • Tuesday 15th January 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm     
  • Friday 22nd March 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm          
  • Thursday 11th April 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm        
  • Tuesday 16th July 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm

Writing Spaces Workshops

These workshops are joint with ICE (Individual Curriculum Enquiry - PGCAP Module Two) and aim to provide you with dedicated time and space to support your critically reflective writing. There will be an opportunity to book a tutorial with one of the educational developers, subject to availablity, to talk about your progress towards submission.  You are welcome to attend as many of these sessions as you like.  Email atlas@lancaster.ac.uk to book a place or request to be placed on a waiting list.

2018/19

  • Tuesday 4th September 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm                                                                    
  • Monday 5th November 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Monday 19th November 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm     
  • Monday 11th December 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Monday 17th December 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm     
  • Thursday 17th January 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Monday 25th March 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Monday 8th April 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Monday 24th June 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

 

ATLAS Submission dates for 2018/19

Submission Deadline

Review Panel Meeting

Results Returned

 15 June 2018

 16 July 2018

 25 July 2018

 14 September 2018

 23 October 2018

 7 November 2018

 25 January 2019

 6 March 2019

 15 March 2019

 7 May 2019

 18 June 2019

 26 June 2019

If you have other questions or queries about this scheme, please email atlas@lancaster.ac.uk

 

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 appropriate development pathway see here Category of Fellowship Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2. Complete an application form and select a Welcome Workshop
3. It is recommended you obtain departmental support for your 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 with 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

Please click Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

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

 

  • 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.  For a well-informed decision on which scheme to choose, we suggest looking at the Educational Development Programme Overview document 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.

    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 request an application form and notify us of your intention to join ATLAS, please email Jo Nicholson at atlas@lancaster.ac.uk  You will then be sent a link to a Box file where you can download and complete your application form securely.

    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 2018/19

    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 for ATLAS workshops is limited to 10 per session, please book for these workshops in advance 

    Welcome Workshops

    This workshop is 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 

    • Wednesday 11th July 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm  FULL

    2018/19 

    • Friday 21st September 2018,  9.30 am – 1 pm     
    • Wednesday 28th November 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm 
    • Tuesday 19th February 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm   
    • Thursday 16th May 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm

    Reflective Analysis Workshops

    This workshop is 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 or request to be placed on a waiting list.

    2017/18 

    • Wednesday 18th July 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm

    2018/19 

    • Thursday 6th September 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm
    • Wednesday 14th November 2018, 9.30 am – 1 pm       
    • Tuesday 15th January 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm     
    • Friday 22nd March 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm          
    • Thursday 11th April 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm        
    • Tuesday 16th July 2019, 9.30 am – 1 pm

    Writing Spaces Workshops

    These workshops are joint with ICE (Individual Curriculum Enquiry - PGCAP Module Two) and aim to provide you with dedicated time and space to support your critically reflective writing. There will be an opportunity to book a tutorial with one of the educational developers, subject to availablity, to talk about your progress towards submission.  You are welcome to attend as many of these sessions as you like.  Email atlas@lancaster.ac.uk to book a place or request to be placed on a waiting list.

    2018/19

    • Tuesday 4th September 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm                                                                    
    • Monday 5th November 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Monday 19th November 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm     
    • Monday 11th December 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Monday 17th December 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm     
    • Thursday 17th January 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Monday 4th March 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Monday 25th March 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Monday 8th April 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Monday 24th June 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
    • Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

     

    ATLAS Submission dates for 2018/19

    Submission Deadline

    Review Panel Meeting

    Results Returned

     15 June 2018

     16 July 2018

     25 July 2018

     14 September 2018

     23 October 2018

     7 November 2018

     25 January 2019

     6 March 2019

     15 March 2019

     7 May 2019

     18 June 2019

     26 June 2019

    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 appropriate development pathway see here Category of Fellowship Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    2. Complete an application form and select a Welcome Workshop
    3. It is recommended you obtain departmental support for your 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 with 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