PGCertHE and Fellowships


teaching and teachers are as important to LSE as research and researchers.

 

 LSE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) is a qualification intended for those relatively new to university teaching. The LSE PGCertHE is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which is part of AdvanceHE, and offers national and international recognition for the award.

The course combines scholarly and practical approaches to disciplinary teaching,learning and assessment. It is also a valuable addition to an academic CV, as it demonstrates extensive professional development as an academic teacher.

There are PGCertHE pathways suitable for assistant professors, LSE fellows, professorial lecturers (TC503), and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) (TC501) leading either to Full or Associate Fellowship of the HEA. 

The programme is delivered primarily via workshops in which participants share practice and experiences with colleagues across the School and it explores the following topics:

  • Teaching in our disciplines
  • Course design
  • Student learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Contemporary issues in Higher Education
  • Independent enquiry into pedagogic practice
  • Signature pedagogies (offered in alternate years)

There are two PGCertHE pathways available to teachers at LSE;

- the Associate Fellowship programme (TC501) at HEA Associate level primarily for GTAs,

and

- the full PGCertHE (TC503), primarily for Career Track staff and LSE Fellows.

Below is a visual overview of the entire LSE PGCertHE programme. The Full PGCertHE pathway (D2) runs vertically down the diagram in green and the Associate Fellowship Programme (D1) runs across the top in orange.

PGCert HE 2018 August update - diagram (850by581)

Teaching and teachers are as important to LSE as research and researchers.”

-Paul Kelly, LSE Pro-Director Education (2015-2018)

PGCertHE – Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education - full Fellowship Level (TC503)

The LSE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) is a teaching qualification intended for those new or relatively new to university teaching. The course is taken part time and is designed to be combined with normal responsibilities as a lecturer or fellow. The LSE PGCertHE is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which is part of AdvanceHE,.and offers national and international recognition for the award.

The PGCertHE is a practice-based programme and is aimed at early career academics, including assistant professors, LSE fellows, assistant professorial lecturers and other colleagues who have substantive responsibilities for student learning. The PGCertHE is a requirement for newly appointed career-track colleagues with fewer than 3 years of teaching experience. It needs to be completed prior to Interim Review.

Additionally, colleagues who are experienced academics but relatively new to UK higher education are encouraged to join the programme. 

You are eligible to join the TC503 programme if you:

  • can attend at least 20 hours of PGCertHE sessions. Please note: the completion of the Associate Fellowship programme (TC501) counts for 10 hours towards this total.  [1] 
  • can be observed teaching at LSE, in either Michaelmas or Lent terms, and
  • have at least 20 hours of scheduled teaching during the year of enrolment (not including preparation time or office hours).  

[1] For career-track participants, completion of the New Academic Induction Programme fulfils your attendance requirement.

A one year practice based programme, it requires participants to prepare a portfolio on their evolving teaching practice including:

  • reflective pieces on the development of their teaching practice;
  • short written tasks on effective disciplinary teaching and student learning;
  • the development of a new or revised course design; 
  • two teaching observations.

To facilitate preparation of their portfolios, participants are expected to attend regular workshops which explore different aspects of teaching and learning linked directly to the programme assignments. They also have the opportunity to attend a range of other workshops offered as part of LSE's Atlas programme. Upon completion successful participants are eligible for HEA accreditation at Fellow level.

The deadline for the completion of the TC503 pathway OYS (enrollment) is Monday, 8 October 2018.

Please contact Dr Colleen McKenna – c.mckenna4@lse.ac.uk – or Nicole Nathan –n.a.nathan@lse.ac.uk – for further information.

PGCertHE – Associate Fellowship Programme (TC501)

This programme is designed to develop participants’ confidence in delivering class and seminar teaching and providing feedback on student work.

As part of the LSE PGCertHE the programme is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which is part of AdvanceHE,.and offers national and international recognition for the award.

Upon successful completion, TC501 participants are eligible for Associate Fellowship of the HEA.

The Associate Fellowship programme is aimed at early career teachers in higher education and is available to colleagues based at LSE who have a substantive role in teaching and supporting student learning. For example, you may be a GTA or guest teacher or you may have a student-facing role in another area of the School such as the Library.

This is a practice based programme, so you need to be teaching (or delivering training) at least 10 hours across the year in a context in which you can be observed – once by a member of the Teaching and Learning Centre and once by a peer. The observations can occur either in Michaelmas or Lent terms.

The programme is built around the following:

  • attendance at a series of workshops (totalling 16 hours)
  • assignments exploring participants’ teaching and disciplinary practices
  • two teaching observations.

Associate Fellowship Programme participants will complete Module 1 of the PGCertHE which covers the following topics:

  • planning your teaching year and introduction to small group teaching
  • small and large group teaching in your discipline
  • classroom management
  • Teaching quantitative subjects at LSE
  • evaluating your teaching and students' learning
  • providing assignment feedback for learning
  • reviewing your teaching year 

The deadline for the completion of the TC501 pathway OYS (enrollment) is Monday, 8 October 2018.

Please contact Dr Colleen McKenna – c.mckenna4@lse.ac.uk – or Nicole Nathan –n.a.nathan@lse.ac.uk – for further information.

How to enrol on the PGCertHE programme 

If you think that you might like to participate in the PGCertHE then we encourage you to come along to one of our programme briefings (see information on briefing dates in the accordion below).

At the briefing you will meet the course team and they will talk through the programme structure and requirements and you will also have the opportunity to discuss any questions that you might have.

Programme enrolment

Enrolment on the PGCertHE is done through Moodle.

There are 2 steps to register on the PGCertHE:

Step 1: Enrol yourself on the Moodle site for this programme.

The name of the site on Moodle is ‘PGCertHE 18-19’ and the enrolment key is ‘Biggs2019’.  (Please note: the 2018-19 Moodle site will be available from 19 September.)

If you encounter difficulties in enrolling on the Moodle site, please get in touch with either Nicole Nathan n.a.nathan@lse.ac.uk or Colleen McKenna c.mckenna4@lse.ac.uk.)

Step 2: Complete the Opening Year Statement (OYS) and upload it in the ‘Build your portfolio’ section of the Moodle site. The OYS form can be downloaded from the ‘Introduction and enrolment’ section in Moodle. Further instructions are on the form itself. Please include your surname in the file name that you upload.

The programme handbook, which contain complete dates for the modules, will be available on Moodle.

The deadline for the completion of the OYS (enrollment) is:

  • Monday, 8th October 2018

Dates of PGCertHE briefings for 2018/19

Briefings for the 2018-19 programme will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 19/09/18, from 12:30-14:00 in LRB.R.505 
  • Thursday 20/09/18, from 12:30-14:00 in LRB.R.505 
  • Tuesday 25/09/18, from 12:30-14:00 in LRB.R.505 
  • Wednesday 26/09/18, from 12:30-14:00 in LRB.R.505 

How can I find out more?

To learn more about our PGCertHE programmes or to register your interest for 2018-19, please do email us on tlc@lse.ac.uk.

Alternatively you can contact one of the course team directly at the addresses below:

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships – Individual Route

Academic staff also have the opportunity to work towards full or senior fellowship of the HEA via the individual route with the support of members of the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre. Read more at the HEA Fellowships page.

If you are interested in applying for HEA Fellowship via the individual route then please do get in touch with us on tlc@lse.ac.uk.