University Of Greenwich Gold

University Of Greenwich Gold

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The GOLD Professional Development Framework – recognising professionalism in teaching, learning and assessment at the University of Greenwich

The GOLD (Greenwich Opportunities in Learning and Development) Professional Development Framework provides a flexible route to professional recognition for all staff (academics and professional services), against the UKPSF, provided their role involves teaching or actively supporting learning.

It is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and recognised by HESA as a teaching qualification. The GOLD framework stimulates professional development through peer and mentor dialogue, by the sharing of good practice, and through critical reflection. It encourages staff to update their scholarship of learning, teaching and assessment.

The GOLD Professional Development Framework forms part of continuing professional development (CPD) and builds a case towards gaining professional recognition with the HEA. Staff can gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy at one of four levels: Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow.

For academic staff who have completed the PGCert in Higher Education (which is offered to all new staff at the University of Greenwich without any previous teaching experience in HE or recognised teaching qualification), the GOLD Professional Development Framework offers a natural progression beyond the PGCert in Higher Education.

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Which level should I be aiming for?

There are four fellowship descriptors in the GOLD Professional Development Framework, Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship and Principal Fellowship. These are not necessarily related to the job role and may be demonstrated by sustained impact at each level.

If you are a member of the staff with some teaching responsibilities or is actively supporting learning, such as a librarian, technician, learning technologist etc., or an early career academic with some teaching responsibilities you should consider submitting an application for Associate Fellowship.

If you are a member of teaching staff with at least 3 years full-time experience, you should submit an application for Fellowship.

If you are an experienced member of the teaching staff with leadership responsibilities (e.g. a mentor, programme leader, head of department), then Senior Fellowship may be appropriate to you.

If you are a highly experienced academic who has had sustained impact at a strategic level, then Principal Fellowship would be appropriate.

The typical roles and evidential requirements appropriate to each fellowship descriptor are set out in the GOLD Guidance for Applicants document.

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How do I apply?

Please attend a GOLD information session and GOLD Guidance Workshops where you will be able to gain more information about the application process. Dates for the GOLD information sessions and GOLD Guidance Workshops can be found here.

Other supporting materials including the General Guidance for applications, Application Forms, Fees and Guidance for Mentors and Referees can be found here.