Centre for Academic Practice

Courses and Workshops

Taught Course in Academic Practice

What is the Taught Course?

Please note that the PGCAP is being replaced by the Academic Practice Taught Course for new lecturers from January 2018. Please contact Sarah Turner (S.Turner4@lboro.ac.uk) or for further details. This course comprises of four units which can be completed between 18 months to 2 years. Each unit is made up of two full-days and two half-days of study with the unit leader. You will be required to have a formative and summative observation each year of the course.

Who is it for?

The Academic Practice Taught Course is mandatory for new lecturers on academic probation at Loughborough University. By completeing this course, you will gain Fellowship of the HEA. It can also be taken by other staff seeking a qualification to support their academic practice.  

What are the benefits?

The Taught Course has been introduced in order to:

  • Extend opportunities for undertaking a teaching award to a wide range of staff who teach and/or support learning in the University
  • Ensure taught accredited provision is integrated into the wider CPD Framework of the University
  • Offer professional recognition at Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), i.e. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


What is involved?

The blended learning delivery includes full-day and half-day Study Days, as well as self-study.  The four units, all compulsory and participants are assessed by coursework and formative and summative teaching observations must be passed in order to complete the course.  

Who oversees the Taught Course?

The Centre for Academic Practice is the owning department for the course.  An Academic Practice Programme Steering Committee ensures appropriate overview of the quality and standards of the provision. The course was accredited by the HEA in February 2018.

What is the impact of the Taught Course on academic probation?

Satisfactory completion of the Taught Course is a requirement for new lecturers on academic probation to achieve fellowship of the HEA.  Included in the course is contact time with your Probation Advisor, workshops on research and enterprise and reflection on Work Plans.  Delivery is supported by the Research Office, Enterprise Office, Glendonbrook Centre and the Library.  Reports on the progress of new lecturers taking the course will be made available to HR following the Assessment Boards. 

When can I start the Taught Course?

There are three start points for the Taught Course – September, January and April.  If you are on academic probation you must start nearest your own starting date at the University.   

How can I find out more?

Enquiries to:

Programme Director, Sarah Turner.