Centre for Academic Practice

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Teaching Observations

Teaching Observations by University Assessors

Teaching observations are one of the ways in which the University seeks to maintain quality and standards in teaching. Such observations also provide an important development opportunity, enabling you to engage in critical dialogue and reflection on your practical teaching skills with a recognised University Assessor.

Your practical teaching needs to be formally assessed by a University Assessor if you are:

  • undertaking the Academic Practice Taught Course as part of your probation requirements and your summative teaching observation is due
  • undertaking the Associate Teaching Programme (ATP) and your summative teaching observation is due
  • doing a substantial amount of teaching within a module as a Bought-in Teacher

To arrange a teaching observation you will need to contact Jo Wilkins in the Centre for Academic Practice.

All teaching observations will be recorded on the standard University Teaching Observation Report Form available below: 

Formative Teaching Observations

In addition to formal teaching observations, both the Academic Practice Taught Course and Associate Teaching Programme (ATP) provide opportunities for formative observations earlier in the course.  These observations are conducted by the Probation Adviser or their nominee (Academic Practice Taught Course), or the Associate Adviser (ATP), and are primarily developmental in nature.

These observations also use the standard University Teaching Observation Report Form above.

Additional support in practical teaching

The Centre for Academic Practice is also able to offer teaching observations for continuing professional development purposes. This might apply, for example, if you:

  • are an experienced member of staff looking to refresh your practical skills in teaching
  • have received disappointing feedback on your teaching and wish to strengthen your skills
  • are trialling a new teaching method and would welcome feedback from an independent, experienced colleague  

For further information please contact Jo Wilkins in the Centre for Academic Practice.

Colleagues conducting observations

All colleagues conducting teaching observations, whether formal (summative) or informal (formative) should follow the procedures outlined in the document below: