About the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

The Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PCAP) aims to enhance participants’ knowledge of UK higher education in general, and of working within a research-intensive university in particular (module 1); and to support the development of academic practitioners as accomplished educators, who create research-inspired, inquiry-led learning environments that will enable our graduates to thrive in an international workplace (module 2). As such, the aims of PCAP are directly aligned with the University’s strategic ambitions of being a global 100 research leader and graduating students of distinction. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits at level 7), Aspire Fellowship, and Fellowship of the HEA.

Participants will normally have some experience of academic practice before they begin on the programme and so PCAP aims to extend and broaden that expertise. Professional development as an educator will occur through exposure to varied instructional methods, access to the rationales and evidence-base underpinning PCAP session planning, opportunities for college-based peer-observation of teaching, and discussions that challenge assumptions about pedagogy and stimulate critical, reflective, research-informed dialogue about higher education.

The PCAP At A Glance document provides a summary of the sessions and assessments in 2016/17.

“Both programmes [PCAP & LTHE] are a credit to the institution and offer clear examples of the importance of ensuring staff continue to be provided with appropriate opportunities to develop their academic practice in a supportive and nurturing learning environment.” External Examiner 2016.

“Thank you again for your considerable and extremely worthwhile efforts - it was another interesting and inspiring day”. PCAP Participant, Jan 2016.


Responding to the PCAP Review

Responding to the PCAP Review 2014/15: "You Said, We Did" document.