Hallam Academic Award

What is the Hallam Academic Award (HAA)?

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 and business engagement.

The HAA starts with the modules from our existing PgCert Teaching in Higher Education and continues 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.

Find out more on how this route meets the TALENT Principles.

Further details on the first taught modules can be found here

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.

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.

Who is the HAA for?

It is 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.

Check if you are eligible to apply for the HAA

When does the HAA start?

The next intake of the Hallam Academic Award (PgDip in Academic Practice) will be in January 2022.  

Key information:

  • Module 1 starts in January 2022 with 2 mandatory study block days (10am-4pm) on Friday 7 and Friday 14 January 2022. It continues with half days (1pm-4pm), Friday 21 January – Friday 8 April 2022.
  • Module 2 runs Friday 23 September – Friday December 2022
  • Module 3 runs January – April 2023
  • Module 4 runs September – December 2023

Please note this course now runs once per year, starting in January.

How do I apply for the HAA?

The application process for the January 2022 intake closes on 26 November 2021.  Please speak to your Head of Department before applying for any future courses.

Application process

Online application form

Further information and FAQ

Background information

Frequently asked questions