Academic teaching qualification
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This field records whether or not academic staff hold higher education or other relevant teaching qualifications, or have been recognised in other ways for their teaching expertise.
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All staff at institutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland where any (Contract.ACEMPFUN is coded 1 or 3 and Contract.TERMS is coded 1 or 2).
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To monitor the number of staff working in higher education institutions (HEIs) with a relevant higher education teaching qualification. The requirement to publish this information was set out in the Higher Education White Paper 2011.
There is no implied hierarchy in the valid entries, neither is there any implied equivalence. All of the qualifications that are held by staff must be returned. For an individual only one of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) codes 02, 03, 04 and 05 can apply at a given point of time.
While the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Individual Award is temporary, institutions should continue to return code 06 'Holder of a National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Individual Award' for staff who have at any time held this award.
Where a staff member attends an accredited course that does not lead to an award, but has not gone forward for the accreditation, they should be treated as having successfully completed the course and coded as 01 'Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the higher education sector accredited against the UK Professional Standards Framework'.
City and Guilds teaching qualifications should be coded either to 09 'Other UK accreditation or qualification in teaching in the higher education sector' or to 07 'Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary education, further education, life long learning or any other equivalent UK qualification', where the qualification is equivalent and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Courses recognised by SEDA against its Named Awards that are accredited against the UKPSF (Supporting Learning; Learning Teaching and Assessing) should be coded as 01 ‘Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the higher education sector accredited against the UK Professional Standards Framework'. These qualifications that predate the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) should also be coded 01 'Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the higher education sector accredited against the UK Professional Standards Framework’.
Where overseas accreditation and qualifications are achieved at any level code as 10 'Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching'.
It is important that what is returned in this field is up to date, to reflect any qualification changes while a member of staff is in their current post, and that the HEI does not rely on the information provided upon appointment.
For the purposes of this field, any Teaching English as a foreign language qualification should be returned as code 99 'No qualification held'.
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|Change management notes||The reason required has been amended, clarifying that the data is being collected to underpin a requirement for publication of this information as set out in the Higher Education White Paper 2011.|
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