First Steps to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - 2 DAY COURSE

Years: 2,3



FIRST STEPS is a HEA accredited Award that is taught and assessed by the Centre for Higher Education Research & Practice (CHERP). The Award provides an opportunity for part-time tutors/ other staff with restricted L&T roles and post-graduate teaching assistants to develop their understanding of and practice in effective learning, teaching, and assessment.  It is offered as a stand-alone course and will be of particular benefit to those carrying out tutoring and demonstrating.

In particular, the Award supports your development and understanding of how to prepare effective learning sessions and to provide assessment and feedback that supports learning. The award has been designed so that the learning opportunities will support your development and achievement of these. Additionally, the assessment tasks have been designed to enable you to provide evidence of your effective practice in these areas.

It introduces participants to a range of effective learning approaches and learning theory.  It provides opportunities for participants to reflect critically on their own experience both as a learner and practitioner, and to identify aspects of their own practice that could be developed and/or improved.  The pathway is mapped to Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards framework. Satisfactory completion of the requirements leads to the award and conferment of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

FIRST STEPS has been designed to:

Please visit the CHERP website for further information on the Award, including the Handbook:


  • Vicky Davies

    Vicky Davies is a Professional Development Manager within staff development and a Fellow of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP) at Ulster.

    She has many years of experience in delivering and assessing Higher Education Academy (HEA) claims for recognition via accredited provision for new teaching staff and post-graduate students, through both certificated and experiential provision.

    She is an accreditor for the HEA and holds Principal Fellowship of that professional organisation.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain C of the Vitae Framework: Engagement, influence and impact which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • D1: Working with others
  • D2: Communication and dissemination
  • D3: Engagement and impact
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework