The Centre manages and co-ordinates the Learning and Teaching and SOLSTICE Fellowship schemes which are integral to Edge Hill’s desire to develop and recognise excellence in teaching and learning within the University.
The scheme is designed to:
- enhance learning of students by the dissemination of good practice across the University
- recognise and support excellence in teaching for learning and learning support activity
- strengthen the implementation of the University Learning and Teaching Strategy
Fellowships provide an opportunity to achieve personal and professional development and to share good practice across the University and to contribute within a vibrant community to sharing ‘practical examples that work’. This includes contribution to the future direction of learning and teaching strategies and to the expanding base of scholarship of learning and teaching at Edge Hill.
It is expected that Fellows will demonstrate ongoing commitment to teaching and learning development within the context of University priorities.
This will be coupled with taking responsibility related to teaching and learning leadership within their subject, faculty, or service area and at University level.
Scope of the Fellowship Role
Fellowship members contribute to delivery of learning and teaching seminars and the SOLSTICE & CLT conferences which are open to the whole University Academic Staff and are practice-focused and research informed.Both branches of the fellowship have led to reputational gain in the sector through membership of national bodies, practice-based publications and to a small extent, publication in peer-reviewed journals related to learning and teaching.
Fellowship members produce an annual report on their ‘project’ activities and reapply against the criteria after a tenure of two years. The current fellowship model allows new fellowship members to access up to £1500 for projects where there is a clear focus on outcomes related to the student experience in a rigorous project plan. This may be accessed individually, by pairs or by groups of fellows.
Alongside supporting Faculty/Area/University priorities, each Fellow is expected to follow self-defined lines of development and scholarly activity during their tenure. These will be specified in their application and will be related to the foci specified below and may include references to:
- the University learning and teaching strategy, or information strategy/e-learning strategy
- faculty/department/Learning Services/teaching and learning/learning support development
- An area/areas of interest germane to their individual teaching/learning support practice context
Activity will be supported and monitored by the Dean of Teaching and Learning or his/her designates. There is an expectation that fellows will support institutional staff development dissemination activities, identification of needs, design, and delivery and also engage with the activity of the Centre for Learning and Teaching.
Benefits of being a Fellow
For Fellows this is an opportunity to:
- gain reward and recognition for your own achievements
- be involved in an exciting and high profile development that will enhance Edge Hill’s reputation
- work with a team of committed professionals who have demonstrated excellence in learning and teaching
- enhance the student experience via curriculum development, technology, research and scholarship
- share knowledge, expertise and skills with the higher education sector both in the UK and internationally
- develop knowledge, skills and abilities in a stimulating and creative environment
Timescale and Parameters
- fellowships are awarded for two years (1st Aug – 31st July for two years)
- interim reviews against objectives are provided to the Dean of Learning & Teaching and share with Associate Deans to ensure maintenance of a level of performance matching the criteria (Annual reports are requested on 15th June to be submitted by 31 July)
- the title may be retained thereafter and whilst remaining a member of Edge Hill staff, subject to making a renewed claim every two years (Reapplications or final annual reports will be invited 1st May to be submitted by 15th June)
Full details of the application process will be posted annually in May.