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Probation - Professional Development Requirements - Lecturing / Teaching staff

Job groupContractual requirementFurther information available:
Lecturers Modules 1 and 2 of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PG CAP)1 Visit: http://www.dur.ac.uk/education/ctlrhe/ or contact Professor Ray Land/ Heather Booth
Postgraduate students who teach and/or assess Durham Induction Programme2 Visit: http://www.dur.ac.uk/academic.office/card/researcher.development/teaching.induction/ or contact Dr. Stan Taylor/Catherine Laidlaw
New full-time teaching fellows with a non-fixed term contract or a fixed term contract of 2 years or more or whose contract is extended beyond 2 years Modules 1 and 2 of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PG CAP)1 Visit: http://www.dur.ac.uk/education/ctlrhe/ or contact Professor Ray Land/Heather Booth
New part-time teaching fellows and other part- time teachers (non-students) with a non-fixed term contract or a fixed term contract of 12 months or more, including those on bank contracts Durham University Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA) or Module 1 of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PG CAP)1 For DULTA: contact Dr. Stan Taylor/Catherine Laidlaw or Dr. Lowry McComb or go to the DULTA webpage.

For Postgraduate Certificate visit http://www.dur.ac.uk/education/ctlrhe/ or contact Professor Ray Land/Heather Booth
New full-time or part-time teaching fellows with a fixed term contract of 12 months or less Durham Induction Programme Contact Dr. Stan Taylor/Catherine Laidlaw
Full-time teaching fellows with a fixed term contract of between 12 months and 2 years or whose contract is subsequently extended beyond 12 months up to 2 years Durham University Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA) or Module 1 of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PG CAP)1 For DULTA: contact Dr. Stan Taylor/Catherine Laidlaw or Dr. Lowry McComb or go to the DULTA webpage.

For Postgraduate Certificate visit http://www.dur.ac.uk/education/ctlrhe/ or contact Professor Ray Land/Heather Booth
New research staff and support staff doing limited teaching No requirement (though staff are encouraged to do Durham University Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA) or Module 1 of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice1) For DULTA: contact Dr. Stan Taylor/Catherine Laidlaw or Dr. Lowry McComb or go to the DULTA webpage.

For Postgraduate Certificate visit http://www.dur.ac.uk/education/ctlrhe/ or contact Professor Ray Land/Heather Booth

Durham University allows part time teachers exemptions on the grounds of qualifications, professional recognition and prior experience in teaching and supporting learning - see Exemptions from the Durham University Learning and Teaching Awards for part-time teachers.

  1. The content of the Postgraduate Certificate was revised for academic year 2009/10, such that Modules 1 and 2 will comprise 40 credits leading automatically to fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
  2. The Durham Induction Programme consists of an e-learning module and two workshops.

Additional Notes

  • The requirements set out above only apply to new staff appointed from academic year 2008/9.
  • Faculty PVCs must approve any exemption to completion of modules 1 and 2 of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PG CAP), for example because appointees have completed an equivalent course at another University.   In such cases these staff are expected to apply for and become Fellows of the HEA as part of the Probationary requirements.
  • Existing staff are encouraged, but not required to partcipate in the relevant course.

In cases where the Postgraduate Certificate is not a contractual requirement, you are encouraged to participate if you wish.