Centre for Academic Practice

Courses and Workshops

Recognition of Teaching for Researchers (ROTOR)

What is ROTOR?

Applications are now open for the Recognition of Teaching for Researchers (ROTOR) scheme, run by the Centre for Academic Practice and the Doctoral College, for the 2018-19 academic year. This scheme supports Doctoral Researchers and Research Staff with experience of teaching to further develop their teaching practice and to assemble an application for the award of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), which is recognised across the UK Higher Education sector.

The 2018-19 scheme will commence at the end of September 2018.

Who is eligible?

This scheme is for Doctoral Researchers (PhD and EngD students) and research staff (research associates, research fellows and equivalents).  Other staff should consider the other routes detailed on elsewhere on this website.

Researchers wishing to take part should have undertaken one of the “Teaching Skills” or “Essential Teaching Skills” courses run by the Doctoral College (or an equivalent course at another UK university), and should also be undertaking some sort of teaching activity in the coming academic year.  That activity could consist of delivering lectures, seminars or tutorials; demonstrating in laboratories; supervising field trips or studio work; supervising undergraduate or postgraduate students undertaking research; or other activities relating to the support of student learning.  

What is involved?

The scheme will consist of seven compulsory sessions, which will take place throughout the 2018/19 academic year:

  • Introduction to ROTOR and applying for AFHEA
  • Evaluating your Teaching
  • Inclusive Assessment
  • Planning and Designing for Teaching
  • Effective use of Learning Technologies
  • Student Learning through Effective Feedback
  • Writing retreat

There will be multiple opportunities to complete these sessions during the academic year.

In addition to the compulsory sessions, participants will have to spend significant time reflecting on and writing about their own teaching practices, eventually completing an application for AFHEA.

How is ROTOR assessed?

Recognition of teaching will be made by completing a successful application for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), this application will be made through Loughborough University's accredited evaluation pathways.  Participants will receive training and guidance on how to submit their application as part of the ROTOR scheme.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2018-19 ROTOR scheme are now open until 4pm on Tuesday 11th September.  There are a limited number of spaces available on the scheme, and participants will be selected based upon the quality of their application.

Application form for ROTOR scheme 2018/19.

Who can I contact?

Queries about the ROTOR scheme should be directed to cap@lboro.ac.uk, with the word ROTOR in the subject line.