HEA UKPSF consultants and accreditors undergo continuing development throughout the academic year to ensure they are up today with any changes or issues which have arisen in relation to HEA Fellowships and Accreditation of institutional schemes. Through this two way dialogue trends in fellowship submissions and issues arising from reviewing HEA Accredited schemes are shared by Accreditors and members of the Accreditation, Recognition and Reward team. This dialogue ensures that all our accreditors make consistent judgements and that institutions can be assured that our HEA UKPSF consultants give reliable and up to date advice. To find out who our HEA trained UKPSF consultants are, please contact Karen Hustler (Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org), who is responsible for consultancy in relation to HEA Accreditation.
At our most recent HEA UKPSF consultant and Accreditor webinar colleagues logged in from all over the UK, as well as physically joining Sally Bradley at Northampton where four Accreditors were involved in an internal recognition panel for C@NDO, Northampton University’s HEA Accredited CPD scheme.
Sally Bradley, one of the Academic Leads for Accreditation, Recognition and Reward, was attending the internal recognition panel as part of the HEA’s quality assurance process which was introduced this academic year.
The versatility of using webinars as a means of meeting together meant that Sally could lead the webinar in Northampton, whilst being supported by Gillian Brown, Academic Development Officer, in Newcastle. However, as anyone who has run a webinar will know it is important to keep on top of the “chat channel” whilst delivering the content. This role was kindly undertaken by Accreditors: Laurence Eagle, Loyki Lomie and Shirley Bennett, the designer of the C@NDO scheme.
The topic of the webinar was Staff on the periphery of HEA Fellowships, exploring roles which might enable a range of support staff, researchers, technicians and staff developers to gain one of the categories of Fellowship. At one point during the webinar, there was such a high level of interaction we had post-it notes, Blackboard collaborate whiteboard, chat and speech going at the same time!
We also discussed topics that arose during recent panels as well as guidance to consider alternative modes of assessment to accommodate a fellowship application from a disabled colleague.
The HEA Accreditors and UKPSF consultants also attend 2 days mandatory “training”, affectionately called a ‘boot camp’ by one of the Accreditors, over the summer period. This is where revisions to policies and processes are explained alongside moderation activities for Fellowship submissions. This moderation activity is particularly important for the newer categories of Fellowships, Senior and Principal Fellow, where understanding of the requirements is still being consolidated. In addition to the webinars and summer events, a voluntary symposium is also held in June, the content of which is led by the Accreditors.
As you can see the HEA Accreditors and UKPSF consultants have a range of opportunities to keep up to date in their role. This is important as this year as part of the contractual agreement all HEA Accreditors and UKPSF consultants are required to evidence good standing through their continuous professional development in relation to their role as Accreditors and UKPSF consultants. They, alongside HEA staff who hold a Fellowship, are piloting ‘remaining in good standing’ to test out the format and processes.
How do institutional schemes keep their recognition panel reviewers up to date?
We would be keen to know what works well – newsletters, webinars, blogs?