Teaching & Learning

UK Professional Standards Framework

The UK Professional Standards Framework  (UKPSF) aims to support the initial and continuing professional learning of all staff engaged in teaching and supporting learning, and provide a mechanism for recognition of quality and innovation in teaching and learning practice. The framework describes the areas of activity, knowledge and values that form the practice of teaching in higher education.

The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) provides a fellowship scheme which enables staff to be recognised for their engagement with the UKPSF as an Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow of the Academy, depending on their role and experience. The University of Tasmania has been accredited by the HEA to award fellowships to staff participating in our taught and continuing professional learning pathways.

The University's commitment to the UKPSF is a signal to students, staff and other stakeholders of the standards of quality and professionalism supported at the University of Tasmania. Teaching Performance Expectations and the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (part of the Bachelor of Education with Professional Honours, Higher Education) are aligned to the UKPSF, to enable staff to gain external recognition and accreditation for their teaching, learning support, curriculum and professional activities.

Dimensions of practice

The three interrelated dimensions of practice outlined in the UKPSF are the Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values.

Areas of ActivityCore KnowledgeProfessional Values
A1 Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study
A2 Teach and/or support learning
A3 Assess and give feedback to learners
A4 Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance
A5 Engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices
K1 The subject material
K2 Appropriate methods for teaching, learning and assessing in the subject area and at the level of the academic programme
K3 How students learn, both generally and within their subject/ disciplinary area(s)
K4 The use and value of appropriate learning technologies
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
V1 Respect individual learners and diverse learning communities
V2 Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners
V3 Use evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes from research, scholarship and continuing professional development
V4 Acknowledge the wider context in which higher education operates recognising the implications for professional practice