Foundations in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (FLTHE)

COVID-19 update

You will be aware that the University has suspended all face-to-face teaching for the remainder of the academic year. Please see the related FAQs from The Academy.  

This will affect the face-to-face delivery of this programme but it is our intention to continue to support your development in this programme.

In its place, we will hold online webinars supported by online activities to be completed through the VLE. If you are already registered on the programme, you should have been notified about the next steps through an announcement sent via the VLE. Please check the VLE regularly for updates.

If you are not yet registered, please read the relevant information below to express interest in registering on any forthcoming workshops/programme.

For any questions, please do get in touch with The Academy

The FLTHE programme has been designed to support staff new to teaching and those with closely defined teaching responsibilities, such as visiting lecturers, professional services, clinician-educators, demonstrators, and postgraduate research students who teach, to gain Associate Fellowship of Advance HE. 

The programme aims to support HE teachers in the development of their teaching skills and ideas in the context of their current teaching role, and to increase their understanding and appreciation of alternative approaches and wider viewpoints of teaching and learning issues.

The programme is accredited by Advanced HE (formerly, the Higher Education Academy or HEA), the national body which champions teaching excellence. On successful completion of the programme, you will be entitled to become an Associate Fellow of the HEA, a national (and growingly international) recognition of your development within Higher Education learning & teaching.

Who is this programme suitable for?

This programme is suitable for:

  • early career researchers with some teaching responsibilities (e.g. PhD students, GTAs, contract researchers/post-doctoral researchers etc.)
  • new to teaching (including those with part-time academic responsibilities such as clinician-educators)
  • a member of staff who supports academic provision (e.g. learning technologists, learning developers and learning resource/library staff)
  • a member of staff who undertakes the role of demonstrator/ technician with some teaching-related responsibilities
  • an experienced staff member working in a relevant professional area who may be new to teaching and/or supporting learning.


In order to register to complete the FLTHE programme, you will need to have attended Stage 1 of the programme: Introduction to Supporting Student Learning

You are also required to have a confirmed and current teaching responsibility to engage in this programme in order to successfully achieve Associate Fellowship.

For further details, please view the FLTHE Handbook.

Teaching Requirement

To achieve Associate Fellowship status, participants must have a confirmed current teaching commitment within an HE context and have teaching appropriate to Descriptor 1 (please see the  Advance HE Fellowship category tool to see your suitability). This is a requirement to be able to fully participate in the programme and meet the intended learning outcomes.
Your teaching commitment can include demonstrating in practical classes, supporting student learning in placement/practice settings, leading seminars and tutorials, giving occasional lectures, marking and giving feedback on assessments, or supervising project students.

Register to participate

If you have already completed Stage 1 of FLTHE, and would like to register to complete the remainder of the FLTHE programme (Stage 2) and associated assessment as a route to Associate Fellowship of Advance HE, please apply here to Stage 2 of the FLTHE programme.

The opportunities for engaging with the programme centre around the below key dates:

Cohort 1

Application Deadline - 7 August 2020

Enrolled on Canvas - 10 August 2020

Welcome webinar - 10 August 2020 4-5pm

Synchronous Session - 1 September 2020 am

Portfolio deadline for assessment - 29 September 2020

Cohort 2

Application Deadline - 11 September 2020

Enrolled on Canvas - 14 September 2020

Welcome webinar - 15 September 2020 11am-12pm

Synchronous Session - 6 October 2020

Portfolio deadline for assessment - 3 November 2020

Cohort 3

Application Deadline - 5 November 2020

Enrolled on Canvas - 9 November 2020

Welcome webinar - 9 November 2020 2-3pm

Synchronous Session - 3 December 2020 am

Portfolio deadline for assessment - 14 January 2020 

Cohort 4

Application Deadline - 18 December

Enrolled on Canvas - 4 January 2021

Welcome webinar - 8 January 2021 11am-12pm

Synchronous Session - 4 February 2021 pm

Portfolio deadline for assessment - 4 March 2021

Cohort 5

Application Deadline - 16 February 2021

Enrolled on Canvas - 19 February 2021

Welcome webinar - 19 February 2021 11am-12pm

Synchronous Session - 18 March 2021 pm

Portfolio deadline for assessment - 16 April 2021

Cohort 6

Application Deadline - 13 April 2021

Enrolled on Canvas - 16 April 2021

Welcome webinar - 16 April 2021 11am-12pm

Synchronous Session - 13 May 2021

Portfolio deadline for assessment - 10 June 2021

Please contact The Academy ( if you have any queries about the programme.