Centre for Academic Practice

Professional Development

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 Professional Apprenticeship as part of your probation requirements and your summative teaching observations are due
  • undertaking the Associate Teaching Programme (ATP) and your summative teaching observation is due
  • going for promotion to Senior Lecturer; where a grading of meets expectation or higher is required
  • a Specialist and Supporting Academic (SSA) teaching staff member and are required to have a summative teaching observation to meet the requirements of your non-academic probation

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 Professional Apprenticeship and Associate Teaching Programme (ATP) provide opportunities for formative observations earlier in the courses. These observations are normally conducted by the Probation Adviser or their nominee (for the Academic Professional Apprenticeship), or the Associate Adviser (ATP), and are primarily developmental in nature.

These observations use a revised version of the standard Report Form available below:

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:

Colleagues conducting teaching observations should take the opportunity to remind those being observed that the completed teaching observation can be aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), guidance is available below: