Next steps

Following the completion of the draft framework for evaluating teaching achievement (published in February 2016) the next steps are to evaluate how well the framework works in practice. A group of partner universities from across the world has been established to provide institution-wide feedback on the design and applicability of the framework as well as its potential for impact on the reward and recognition of teaching. A sub-group of these universities are also piloting the framework within their promotion and/or staff appraisal systems.

Their feedback will be used to both improve the design of the framework and establish guidance for other institutions planning to implement it in the future. The final study report, including the updated framework and case studies from the university partners, will be published in late 2016.
Partner universities:
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), Chile
  • Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
  • University College London (UCL), UK
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Technology and Engineering, Peru
  • University of Twente, Netherlands
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Focus of activities
Participating universities have been asked to address the following four questions:
  • Does the framework have the potential to improve how teaching and learning is evaluated and recognised at your institution?
  • Could the design/approach of the framework be improved?
  • What advice should be given to other universities wishing to implement the framework within their own promotion processes?
  • What potential exists to establish an international standard for university teaching achievements, allowing them to be ‘portable’, recognised across institutions across the world in a similar way to research achievements?
University partners’ meeting
On Thursday 25th February 2016, representatives from ten of the partner universities met at the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in London. They were joined by a small group of individuals with particular expertise in the evaluation and recognition of university teaching, many of whom acted as external reviewers during the development of the draft framework.
The meeting aimed to:
  • establish an international community of dialogue between individuals and institutions striving to improve the recognition of university teaching
  • discuss experiences and share ideas for reforming university promotion systems, as well as provide specific feedback about the Career Framework for University Teaching
  • pave the way for broader cross-institutional agreement about the recognition of teaching, such that these achievements could be ‘portable’ and recognised between universities in a similar way to research achievements
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