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 framework includes the Edinburgh Teaching Award, which is designed to give you rich opportunities to reflect on teaching and assessment practices in ways that are meaningful and relevant for your particular role and career stage.

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

We began the first pilot of the Edinburgh Teaching Award in March 2014. More information is available at:

Get in touch

For further information, or to express interest in participating in pilot work on new aspects of CPD, please contact:

CPD Framework contact email

Contact details