Centre for Academic Practice

Courses and Workshops

Recognition of Teaching for Researchers (ROTOR)

What is ROTOR?

The Recognition of Teaching for Researchers (ROTOR) scheme, run by the Centre for Academic Practice and the Doctoral College, is currently underway for the 2017-18 academic year. This scheme supports Doctoral Researchers and Research Staff to 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; applications will open around the end of July 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, 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 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
  • LUPE writing retreat

These do not necessarily have to be completed within a single academic year.

In addition to the compulsory sessions, participants will have to spend significant time reflecting on and writing about their own teaching practices, and 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 the Loughborough University Portfolio of Evidence (LUPE).  Participants will receive training and guidance on how to submit a LUPE application as part of the ROTOR scheme.

How do I apply?

Applications have closed for the 2017-18 ROTOR scheme. Applications for 2018-19 will open around the end of July 2018.  There are a limited number of spaces available, and participants will be selected based upon the quality of their application.

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.