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Professional Development

The Teaching and Learning Exchange offers a flexible approach to getting a qualification or professional recognition linked to your academic practice as a teacher, researcher or academic leader within arts higher education.

Are you new to university teaching or learning support activity?

Our Thinking Teaching course is a two-day introduction to teaching and learning in the arts. The course is designed for anyone new to higher education teaching or whose role includes an aspect of teaching or learning support. The course is especially useful for new Associate Lecturers, PhD students, technicians, library services and academic support staff.  Find out more about Thinking Teaching.

Are you seeking a formal qualification?

With several years to build towards a qualification, the UAL PgCert and MA Academic Practice programme is designed to fit around your existing teaching and work commitments.

Our courses help you develop your teaching practice and also give you the option to focus on other aspects of your role as an academic researcher or leader. You can enrol on one of our qualification routes or sign up for stand-alone units to develop a particular aspect of your practice. For more information on the units available download our Study Pathways Diagram (PDF 279KB).

Our units provide space for reflection, collaboration with your peers, exploration of key topics, practical projects and the development of a theoretical framework to support your academic practice.

Read more about the PgCert, or explore the MA Academic Practice.

Are you looking for information on Professional Recognition?

We strongly encourage all staff who teach or support learning to apply for HEA Fellowship to formally recognise their professional status. Our Professional Recognition Programme provides you with structured guidance in preparing an application for Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the HEA in a variety of formats. Find out more about how to gain HEA Fellowship at UAL.

Thinking Teaching

A two-day introduction to teaching and learning in the arts, designed for UAL colleagues new to teaching or whose role includes an aspect of teaching or learning support.

PG Cert in Art Design and Communication

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Art, Design and Communication

The PgCert, accredited by the Higher Education Academy, is a key qualification that supports student learning. It is primarily aimed at staff who have a lecturing, teaching, or facilitating role with students in Higher Education. It’s open to UAL or external applicants.

MA Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication

Completed the PgCert Academic Practice? If you would like to build on your professional, practitioner and research expertise the MA Academic Practice will develop your teaching and learning skills within higher education in greater depth.

Professional Recognition including HEA Fellowship at UAL

The Professional Recognition Programme provides colleagues with a route to Fellowship that does not require undertaking academic study.

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