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PGCAP is the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice an in-service programme designed to support offer initial teaching development of university staff. The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy against the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in HE (UKPSF). It is aimed for colleagues who have substantive teaching and learning support responsibilities including module and/or programme design and development.
Registration is currently closed. Application for all colleagues to PGCAP 2018/19 will open again at the end of June 2018. Please contact Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator, to be sent an applicaiton form when this happens.
PGCAP aims to foster a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of practitioners to share ideas and develop a discourse about educational practice in HE. The programme helps you to situate yourself as an individual academic and teacher within the issues and concerns of your department, your discipline, Lancaster University and the wider academic context, to support the development of your professional aspirations and achievements. It seeks to enhance the students' learning experience and your confidence and skills as an HE teacher by working on your practical teaching skills, developing evaluation techniques, using peer review and observation of teaching, and by investigating teaching and learning resources.
Integrating knowledge and understanding of pedagogical principles and values with your practical know-how is considered essential. This is developed on this programme by critically engaging with educational and subject-specific literature and research, having dialogues with peers and tutors, and writing critically and reflectively about your practice. The assessment is designed to emerge from your own work as a university educator, and much of the experiential learning and reflection takes place 'on-the-job' in your department.
The programme is structured into the following modules:
Credit for PGCAP predecessor modules over five years old will have expired. Colleagues in this position would need to complete an APEL process to rejoin the programme via a bridging pathway. If in any doubt, please contact OED directly to discuss your development needs.
Colleagues new to Lancaster may have undertaken certificated programmes or modules of teaching development at their previous institutions. In some instances there may be scope to award Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) against some of the PGCAP programme, depending on the level and nature of the study completed. In all cases colleagues will be required to provide a study transcript and evidence of completion. Please contact OED to arrange to discuss in further detail.
Enquiries: Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator
Application for the PGCAP 2018/19, commencing with Module One in September 2018, will open in late June 2018. Please contact Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator to be sent an application form.
Please note that places for the programme are limited and priority will be given to colleagues undertaking PGCAP as part of their probationary agreement, or Gateway PDR (50th Lectureships).
SV12 (17th Sept) on Tuesday. A second introduction day will be offered depending on demand for places on the module
Select one of more from a choice of workshops, details to be announced at the start of the module
SV13 (24th Sept) and WK 2 (8th Oct) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday tbc)
Welcome Week (1st Oct)
WK3 (22nd Oct) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday tbc)
WK5 (5th Nov) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday)
WK5 (5th Nov)
WK7 (19th Nov) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday)
WK9 (3rd Dec) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday)
MV4 (7th Jan) & WK11 (14th Jan) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday tbc)
Group Module Design
WK13 (28th Jan) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday tbc)
WK15 (11th Feb) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday tbc)
WK17 (25th Feb) either Tuesday or Thursday (possibly Wednesday subject to numbers)
Bookable slots at various times across these dates
WK19 (11th March) & WK20 (18th March) either Tuesday or Thursday (and possibly Wednesday tbc)
Final Assessment Deadline
12th April 2019 to be confirmed
Registrations for the next iteration of PGCAP Module Two - ICE, commencing in September 2018, are now open. Successful completion of PGCAP Module One (DEP) is a pre-requisite. A briefing session for this module will be held on Wednesday 13th June 2018 if you are intending to join ICE but have not indicated this to the team please do so by emailing Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator
For information about eligibility, and to register an interest please email Jo Nicholson, Programmes Administrator
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