Hallam Academic Award

University investment has been made to enhance the professional development offer by using the apprenticeship levy to build on the current PG Cert Teaching in Higher Education (THE).

The Hallam Academic Award (HAA) has been designed to provide the basis of a coherent developmental offer for all new academic staff and will include the development of skills in research, teaching and professional & business engagement. The HAA starts with the modules from the existing course and will continue into a second year of a PgDip alongside research focused CPD provision. As well as the academic credit gained, the HAA enables participants to meet the requirements of the Academic Professional Higher Degree Apprenticeship.

There will be two intakes a year onto the HAA (September and January). It’s aimed at academic staff members who do not hold a teaching qualification in higher education and are new or relatively new to teaching in higher education. The programme aims to develop an evidence based, reflective and critical approach to learning, teaching and assessment in higher education. It also leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) status.

The accredited part of the programme is led by staff from the Sheffield Institute of Education with guest speakers from across the wider institution. Peer networking will continue to be part of the HAA as it has proven to be beneficial in making useful connections between subject disciplines and faculties.

Key dates:

  • The September 2019 cohort will take place on Fridays from 10am-1pm.
  • Module 1 starts with a mandatory two-day study block on Friday 13 September and on Friday 20 September 2019.
  • Module 2 starts on Friday 24 January 2020.


  • The January 2020 cohort will take place on Fridays from 1pm-4pm.
  • Module 1 starts with a mandatory two-day study block on Friday 10 January and on Friday 17 January 2020.
  • Module 2 starts on Friday 25 September 2020.

Staff are entitled to remission on work plans to attend the HAA and their time should be planned to enable them to attend all sessions and participate actively with their development. As part of the HAA, staff will be provided with a mentor in their department who will be key in supporting their development over the programme. A work-based learning coach will also work with each course participant to support their development towards the apprenticeship end-point assessment, where appropriate.

Application is now open for the September 2019 cohort. Early applications are encouraged due to limited places being available. Anyone interested will need to speak to their Head of Department before applying.

Further information:

If you want any further information about the taught modules please contact the course leader Dr Rebecca Hodgson r.hodgson@shu.ac.uk

For any other information please contact Dr Iain Garner i.garner@shu.ac.uk

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