‘85 colleagues in 2 years’: Engagement levels with an in-house faculty development programme (the Edinburgh Teaching Award)

Catriona Bell, Jessie Paterson, Velda McCune, Susan Rhind

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The Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA) is a mentored, longitudinal, faculty development programme for teaching and learning that leads to internationally accredited fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) at one of four levels (Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow).
To help overcome local barriers to EdTA engagement at the central University of Edinburgh campus, we launched an in-house version of the EdTA at the R(D)SVS in June 2015, in close collaboration with colleagues at the Institute for Academic Development.

The initial R(D)SVS cohort (June 2015) comprised 15 participants and eight mentors. To date (March 17) eight colleagues have successfully completed the longitudinal programme, 50 are currently participating, 15 are joining the next cohort, and 7 are on a ‘waiting list’ to join subsequent cohorts. Nine colleagues are active EdTA mentors, four of whom were recruited from the pool of successful EdTA completers. Thus, over a two year period, EdTA engagement has expanded to include 85 colleagues, comprising 70 academic staff and 15 veterinary nurses, teaching technicians and PhD students. (Academic staff=70/130 = 54%)
School policy changes have also been implemented: EdTA engagement plans are now discussed at all annual appraisal meetings, and participation is a requirement for new recruits (unless existing HEA Fellows).

Engagement with the EdTA has far exceeded our expectations and has been achieved through word of mouth endorsement by EdTA participants, strong leadership and public endorsement by school senior management, convenient accessibility and timings, relevant programme content, and attainment of nationally accredited HEA fellowship status.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2017
EventVetEd: VetEd Symposium 2017 - Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jul 20177 Jul 2017


ConferenceVetEd: VetEd Symposium 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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