New opportunities at UW Newport

Posted on 2 August 2010

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The University of Wales (UW) Newport has recently announced that it will be able to offer a fantastic new programme that has been developed to address the needs of new academic entrants to higher education.

A new PGCert course has been designed to enable Higher Education professionals to develop their understanding of learning and teaching through extensive reflection and research.

The programme will take students on a fully supported journey of learning, teaching and development. Helping them to develop practical skills will be the course leader, peer observers in the workplace, as well as fellow students. Each teaching method practiced will be observed and discussed at length.

A key objective of the course is to equip those enrolled with the skills needed to undertake their professional duties confidently and successfully. It will provide students with an opportunity to critically examine the principles that underpin learning and teaching in Higher Education.

Upon successful completion of the course candidates will be enabled to achieve Fellowship or Associate Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy. Launching for the first time in the academic year of 2010/11, this accolade is primarily for practicing University teachers and requires a PGCert to be completed in full to qualify. Associate Fellowship status is normally for those not employed primarily as University teachers, who nevertheless have a role which contributes directly to student learning, and can be obtained by completing at least the first half of the course.

The PGCert is only awarded to those who successfully complete the full course. Further study is possible through the MA provision of the School of Education that can lead to PG Diploma or MA awards.

Teacher training courses at UW Newport are extremely well regarded by schools and colleges in the locality. In a recent Estyn Inspection report the University’s provision was rated very highly with top marks awarded for support and guidance offered to trainees. The University also has an enviable record in helping trainees to find their first teaching post and an excellent service is provided by academic staff and full-time career officers.

The University of Wales Newport is part of the University of Wales Alliance which also includes the University of Wales, Glyndwr University, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Swansea Metropolitan University and the newly created University of Wales Trinity St David. The University of Wales Alliance works collaboratively to enrich and enhance Higher Education in Wales.


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