Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Introduction to Academic Practice (IntroAP)

About the Introduction to Academic Practice course, a Higher Education Academy accredited course aimed at University tutors and demonstrators.


This course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for Associate Fellowship.


This course is running twice in 2017/18, once in each Semester.


To be eligible to participate in the Introduction to Academic Practice you need to:

  1. Attend workshops on the three Wednesday afternoons during the course.  (Semester 1: Workshop 1: Wed 20th  Sept 2017, 1:30-4:30; Workshop 2: Wed 4th  Oct 2017, 1:30-4:30; Workshop 3: Wed 1st Nov 2017, 1:30-4:30)    (Semester 2:  Workshop 1: Wed 17th Jan 2018, 1:30-4:30; Workshop 2: Wed 31st Jan 2018, 1:30-4:30; Workshop 3: Wed 28th Feb 2018, 1:30-4:30)
  2. have at least two semesters of recent university teaching experiences before the course starts; AND
  3. you need to have CURRENT teaching responsibilities in Edinburgh University between the IntroAP workshops 2 and 3 i.e. during the semester you are taking the course, so that you can participate in a teaching observation exercise. Since this exercise is required for course completion, you cannot complete the course if you cannot guarantee teaching responsibilities during that period.
  4. You need to have a University staff ID during the time you are completing the course (you will have this as part of your teaching contract with the university), otherwise the HEA charges you an admin fee of £100.- at the point of course completion.
  5. You will need to supply 2 references regarding your teaching practice, one with your application and one with your final assignment submission. Further details may be found in the 2017/18 Handbook.

What the course entails

Between the workshop dates you will be asked to submit regular written homework tasks, to contribute to a discussion board, and to carry out a teaching observation exchange. There is also a final assignment of around 1,000 words to submit after Workshop 3. These tasks and the workshops are fully supported with a dedicated set of course materials in LEARN to which course participants are enrolled at the start of the course.

Detailed course information

Detailed course information is found in the Introduction to Academic Practice handbook.

Introduction to Academic Practice handbook 17-18 (MS Word)

Information session - find out more about the course

The next information session will be on Friday 3rd November, 09:30am – 11:00am in Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane (Holyrood).

Book a place on the IntroAP Information session (EASE log-in required)

Applying to the course

Please ensure you have read and meet the eligibility criteria (stated on this page) before applying.

Application deadline semester 1: The deadline for applications for Semester 1 was 25th August at 5pm BST. Applications are now closed.

Offer of places: We will offer places by 8th September 2017.

Applications for Semester 2 will open on 1st November 2017.

How places are allocated

Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis as much as possible, but if we are oversubscribed, we may need to prioritise participants. We will take applicants who cannot be accommodated into account for our next intake.

Priority order if needed:

  1. PhD candidates in their final years
  2. Staff on short term contracts
  3. Other PhD candidates
  4. Other Staff
  5. Masters students
  6. Undergraduate students

Find out more about HEA accreditation

More information about Higher Education Academy accreditation is found on the HEA website:

Higher Education Academy accreditation

More information about the different ways by which you can work towards accreditation at Edinburgh is found here:

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