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The KUDOS Portfolio Scheme

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What is KUDOS?

KUDOS is the University of Wolverhampton’s own CPD portfolio scheme accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for the recognition of professional academic practice based on the UKPSF. It stands for Knowledge, Understanding, Development, Opportunities and Standing.

The scheme aims to provide all staff engaged in teaching and/or supporting learning with the opportunity to reflect on and articulate their academic practice through the Dimensions and Descriptors of the UKPSF and gain recognition for their practice via Fellowship of the HEA or to remain in good standing.

KUDOS requires you to reflect on your academic practice and submit a portfolio of evidence. You will attend an Introductory Workshop and will also have the opportunity to attend a Writing Retreat. Your portfolio will be reviewed by trained KUDOS Reviewers who will make a recommendation to the KUDOS Recognition Panel who will make the decision to award an appropriate Fellowship of the HEA. 

The UKPSF has four different Descriptors recognised by awarding an appropriate Fellowship of the HEA:

  • D1 by Associate Fellowship of the HEA (AFHEA)
  • D2 by Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA)
  • D3 by Senior Fellowship of the HEA (SFHEA) 
  • D4 by Principal Fellowship of the HEA (PFHEA)

D4 Principal FHEA is not included in our scheme. However D4 candidates are supported by the University to make an individual application directly to the HEA. For D4 you should declare an interest with the College. For more information on D4 go to the HEA website.

Routes to Fellowship

You can gain HEA Fellowship through one of two routes:

1. Submit an application through the KUDOS scheme

2. or by completing one of the two professional development taught programmes:

  • The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Professional Practice 
  • Module 7ED038 Supporting Learners and Fostering Learning in Higher and Professional Accreditation 

Training and Key Dates

Dates for portfolio submission deadlines, workshops and training can be viewed under the Training and Key Dates section.

You can book onto Introductory Workshops and Writing Retreats via Agresso Staff Self Service, Course catalogue

 

Who is it for?

KUDOS is for all staff that support learners and/or teach. The focus is on academic practice, supporting the learning process, learning, teaching and assessment rather than discipline knowledge.

Depending on the role in which you work, it would be expected that you would be able to demonstrate and evidence your academic practice to meet different ‘Descriptors’ within the UKPSF. Each Descriptor has different criteria based on different roles and experience. If you are mainly supporting learning then you are more likely to be able to provide evidence for Descriptor 1 (D1) - Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA). If you are mainly teaching then this would be appropriate for D2 – Fellow (FHEA). However, if you are supporting, co-ordinating or mentoring the academic practice of others then you should be able to evidence practice to merit D3 - Senior Fellow (SFHEA). If your role is more related to strategic leadership for learning, teaching and assessment then D4 - Principal Fellow (PFHEA) is more appropriate.

In the UKPSF the Descriptors are not hierarchical or dependent of achieving one before gaining another. You need to consider what best fits your academic practice, experience in higher education and what you can demonstrate and evidence. You should also see the Descriptors as aspirational for setting the direction of your future academic practice.

What are the benefits?

Evidencing the UKPSF via the KUDOS scheme provides many benefits for the University as well as for you and your students. In the University Strategy (2012-17) our vision is to be:

“The Opportunity University renowned for its creativity and innovation, developing students and staff who are entrepreneurial, eminently employable and well-connected within a research and professionally informed environment.”

By engaging with KUDOS our students will be supported in their learning by teachers and those who support learning who have achieved nationally recognised professional standards for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

KUDOS supports you to:

  • Demonstrate, reflect on, and evidence skills, knowledge and professional values in teaching and supporting learning in HE
  • Have these recognised against national transferable professional standards
  • Participate in CPD to further enhance your academic practice
  • Engage with scholarship in learning and teaching
  • Become an excellent reflective academic practitioner
  • The entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA)
  • A portable career asset which is increasingly required across the sector and included within job descriptions, promotion criteria and rewards process

The KUDOS scheme is based on the UKPSF and the HEA code of practice including the commitment to remain in good standing.

What is the UKPSF?

The UKPSF was developed by sector-wide leaders and is supported by, the Higher Education Academy, Guild HE, the Department for Employment and Learning, the Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales, the National Union of Students and Universities UK

The UKPSF provides both a general description of the main dimensions and expectations of those who have any role involving teaching and/or supporting learning within the HE environment and criteria that must be met to be awarded Fellowship of the HEA.

There are three dimensions of the UKPSF; Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values. Each of these three areas has a further set of statements of the Dimensions outlining in more detail what aspects of academic practice should be evidenced.

 Areas of activity

Core Knowledge

Professional Values

(A1) Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study

(K1) The subject material

(V1) Respect individual learners and diverse learning communities

(A2) Teach and/or support learning

(K2) Appropriate methods for teaching, learning and assessing in the subject area and at the level of the academic programme

(V2) Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners

(A3) Assess and give feedback to learners

(K3) How students learn, both generally and within their subject/ disciplinary area(s)

(V3) Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development

(A4) Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance

(K4) The use and value of appropriate learning technologies

(V4) Acknowledge the wider context in which higher education operates recognising the implications for professional practice

(A5) Engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices

(K5) Methods for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching

 

 

(K6) The implications of quality assurance and quality enhancement for academic and professional practice with a particular focus on teaching

 

Each descriptor requires that a different set of criteria are met.

D1 – Associate FHEA

D2 – Fellow HEA

D3 – Senior FHEA

Demonstrates an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning support methods and student learning.

Demonstrates a broad understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as key contributions to high quality student learning.

Demonstrates a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning.

Individuals should be able to provide evidence of:

Successful engagement with at least two of the five Areas of Activity

Successful engagement across all five Areas of Activity

Successful engagement across all five Areas of Activity

Successful engagement in appropriate teaching and practices related to these Areas of Activity

Successful engagement in appropriate teaching practices related to the Areas of Activity

Successful engagement in appropriate teaching practices related to the Areas of Activity

Appropriate Core Knowledge and understanding of at least K1 and K2

Appropriate knowledge and understanding across all aspects of Core Knowledge

Appropriate knowledge and understanding across all aspects of Core Knowledge

A commitment to appropriate Professional Values in facilitating others’ learning

A commitment to all the Professional Values

A commitment to all the Professional Values

Relevant professional practices, subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities

Successful incorporation of subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities, as part of an integrated approach to academic practice

Successful incorporation of subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities, as part of an integrated approach to academic practice

Successful engagement, where appropriate, in professional development activity related to teaching, learning and assessment responsibilities

Successful engagement in continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning, assessment and, where appropriate, related professional practices

Successful engagement in continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning, assessment and, where appropriate, related professional practices

 

 

Successful co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to teaching and learning

What does 'Remaining in Good Standing' mean?

The HEA defines remaining in good standing as “continuing to work in accordance with the standard indicated by the relevant Fellow Descriptor of the UKPSF”.

The University of Wolverhampton is committed to developing reflective practitioners. We will strive enable you to reach your potential and to engage in continuing professional development. By engaging in the KUDOS scheme the university will endeavour to enable you to achieve professional recognition, remain in good standing and to provide opportunities for you to progress your academic practice.

The UKPSF and the HEA code of practice, including remaining in good standing, is our preferred articulation of professionalism for those of you who teach or support learning (Academic Board May 2014). This is not only for you to gain recognition but most importantly for you to remain in good standing once you are awarded your initial Fellowship.  To this effect KUDOS now informs and links to our appraisal scheme for appropriate teaching and /or supporting learning roles particularly in relation to remaining in good standing. HEA recognition will be an expectation for internal promotion for appropriate roles. 

What is the HEA Code of practice?

Professional recognition of the UKPSF and the achievement of HEA fellowship should not be seen as a ‘one-off’ event. The Higher Education Academy expects Fellows to abide by a Code of Practice .

As Fellows we will:

  • Act with respect, integrity and honesty.
  • Monitor and review regularly our work in order to maintain good standing.
  • Engage in appropriate activities to remain up to date with knowledge of learning and teaching, subject matter and assessment.
  • Be open to and conscientious in considering feedback from appraisals, peer and student observations.

For the benefit of our learners, as Fellows we will:

  • Demonstrate our respect for learners by paying due regard to the way we conduct ourselves in our professional lives.
  • Be fair and impartial in our engagement with learners.
  • Encourage the free exchange of ideas between ourselves and learners.

For the benefit of colleagues, as Fellows we will:

  • Show due respect for the opinions of colleagues in the exchange of constructive criticism and ideas.
  • Support and actively assist in the professional development of colleagues to ensure the maintenance and enhancement of good practice and to protect learners from poor practice.
  • Be aware and take account of, the educational goals, policies, standards and regulations of our employing institution and beyond. 

The HEA code of practice is in-line with the University’s core values;

  • Our core values: these values guide the decisions we make and how we engage with our communities locally and globally. At the University of Wolverhampton we will be:
    • Ethical
    • Respectful
    • Transparent
    • Inclusive and fair
    • Challenging
    • Confident
    • Collaborative
    • Professional

Once you have gained a Fellowship thorough the KUDOS scheme you will be expected to abide the HEA code of practice and University core values.

What is the Recognition Panel?

The purpose of the Recognition Panel is to agree and confirm a decision for each portfolio based on the recommendations received from the KUDOS Review process.

They must ensure that,

  • expectations of the UKPSF and HEA are met
  • that KUDOS processes and procedures are followed, and
  • candidates’ applications are considered and awarded against the KUDOS/UKPSF criteria

The Recognition Panel will have full online access at the panel meeting to all the portfolios, reviews and Summary Feedback Sheets. A reviewer moderation meeting (face-to-face and/or virtual) will take place prior to each Recognition Panel meeting to present a joint recommendation for the Recognition Panel to consider.

The Recognition Panel’s terms of reference are:

  1. To receive the recommendations from the KUDOS review process
  2. To agree and confirm a decision for each portfolio
  3. To instruct the KUDOS Lead to feedback to the candidates where the decision is ‘Referred’, ‘Awarded’ or ‘Not awarded’
  4. To receive the outcomes of the PG Cert HE and PP and 7ED038
  5. To instruct the KUDOS Lead to report and ensure that successful outcomes are recorded with the HEA
  6. To update the Staffing Committee on successful outcomes

There is no route of appeal against the final decision of the KUDOS recognition panel.

Recognition Panel will have the following members:

  1. (Chair) DVC (Academic)
  2. 2 SFHEA’s from different Faculties or Departments
  3. The KUDOS Lead from the College (SFHEA and HEA Accreditor)
  4. An external reviewer (SFHEA)

Plus

  1. For the first eighteen months a HEA representative nominated by the HEA

Which Descriptor is best for me?

Dependent on your role and experience then there may be different routes that will enable you to gain recognition of the UKPSF. In addition to the KUDOS Portfolio scheme we have separate lines of provision for the following course and module,

  1. Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Professional Practice (PG Cert HE & PP) accredited for  D2
  2. The module 7ED038 Supporting Learners and Fostering Learning in Higher and Professional Education accredited for D1

If you are starting your career in higher education at the University of Wolverhampton and do not have a relevant teaching qualification or professional recognition (FHEA, SFHEA or PFHEA) then you will be offered the opportunity to take the PG Cert HE & PP, this course is accredited for D2. The module 7ED038 Supporting Learners and fostering Learning in Higher and Professional Education is also separately accredited for D1. It is popular with staff that support student learning such as librarians, technicians, demonstrators and research students. You are able to take this as a separate CPD module or as part of the full course. You will only be awarded AFHEA for 7ED038 when it is taken as a CPD module. If you do taken this as a CPD module you will still be able to take the full course at another time.

If you already have D1 and are applying to the PG Cert HE & PP you will be able to make an RPL claim for 7ED038 only. This will be done via the existing Faculty of Education, Health and Well-being (FEHW) process. Candidates will be required to show their D1 certificate.

If you are not eligible for the PG Cert HE & PP and are looking for recognition of your academic practice or considering a different Descriptor up to D3 then the KUDOS Portfolio Scheme is for you.

Your Initial enquiry for may come as a result of:

  1. CPD procedures such as, appraisal, peer review, corporate staff development workshops and Self-Managed Research and Scholarly  Activity (SMRSA),
  2. Faculty staff development events,
  3. Individual contact,
  4. Dissemination of good practice events such as the “Rich Exchanges” seminars and conferences,
  5. External activities such as HEA events

Once an initial enquiry is made the following will be established with you at an introductory workshop:

  • What might be the appropriate descriptor for you?
  • What are you able to currently evidence and demonstrate?
  • What might you need to develop to meet the relevant Descriptor criteria?
  • What support and guidance do you need?

After that workshop you will be invited to attend a writing retreat and should start a first draft of your portfolio. Once a draft has been started a KUDOS Mentor is assigned to work with you.  When you and your KUDOS Mentor agree that the portfolio is ready for review you you’re your portfolio to KUDOS@wlv.ac.uk.

For D1 and D2 your portfolio will be reviewed by two trained internal KUDOS Reviewers who will blind review your portfolio against given criteria. For D3 your portfolio will be reviewed by two internal KUDOS Reviewers and an external reviewer who is a SFHEA against a given set of criteria (see Appendix 3). The KUDOS Reviewers will make joint recommendation for your portfolio that will go the Recognition Panel for conferment.

The review process will take six weeks from your submission.

After the Recognition Panel has met within two weeks you will receive an email from KUDOS informing you of the outcome. If for any reason you have been referred, your email will also give you feedback on further action required and when you can resubmit. In this situation your KUDOS Mentor will also be included in the email so that they can help you with your portfolio.

Once you have been awarded your Fellowship you will be able to go into ‘MyAcademy’ through the HEA web site – www.HEAcademy.ac.uk  and print off your certificate.

Once you have been awarded your Fellowship you will also be entitled you use the following letters after your name:

  • AFHEA or FHEA or SFHEA

KUDOS Enquiry Form