Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

CPD framework: learning and teaching

Information about the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework for Learning and Teaching at the University of Edinburgh.

The IAD has worked with key stakeholders across the University to develop a coherent overarching framework for CPD for learning and teaching, mapped against the UK Professional Standards Framework.

CPD Framework for Learning and Teaching - Diagram (PDF)

UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning (HEA website)

This work provides colleagues involved in teaching, assessment and supporting learning with coherent and flexible pathways for continuing development. We have accreditation for this overarching framework from the Higher Education Academy.

About the framework

The Continuing Professional Development Framework provides you with a range of great opportunties to develop as a teacher and work toward Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. These include the Introduction to Academic Practice, the PG Cert in Academic Practice and the Edinburgh Teaching Award.

This might include, for example:

  • writing up aspects of your role which relate to learning and teaching
  • participation in existing IAD events and networks as well as events from elsewhere in the sector
  • participating in courses from certain University programmes
  • engaging with Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme projects

Through this framework you can gain different levels of Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Becoming a Fellow of the HEA provides national recognition of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs related to CPD Framework (PDF)

Edinburgh Teaching Award

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Get in touch

For further information, please contact:

CPD Framework contact email

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