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Who can assess?
Assessors for the SAR will be selected from HEA Fellows (at all categories), Learning & Teaching Leads in each College, National Teaching Fellows, experienced assessors in the PGCert (tHE) and Chairs of College Learning and Teaching committees.
How many applications will each assessor review?
Applications will be sent to an assessor team as set out in the table below.
|Fellowship Category||Total number of assessors||Of which Fellows||Of which Senior Fellows||Of which externals|
The number of applications that each assessor will have to review would normally be no more than six (6). Assessors allocated to review applications for Senior Fellowships however will normally have fewer than this.
All presentations will be videoed. This will allow presentation applications to be moderated in alignment with written submissions. After the presentation there will be a short pause where the assessors will discuss questions and the presentation which will be followed by a maximum of 10 minutes of questions. Assessors will have the same assessment rubric to use in their grading process and to provide feedback to applicants.
Feedback for presentation applicants will be released after the SAR Panel’s recommendations have been ratified by the IT@S panel.
Which disciplines will the assessors be drawn from?
Assessors will be drawn from as many subject areas across the University as possible. Assessors will usually be from different subject areas than the applicant. Mentors may not assess their mentee’s application and any other conflicts of interest must be declared.
SAR Assessor Training
In order to embed and sustain parity of judgement, updating sessions will be provided annually by SALT for all assessors and panel members in order to:
• Ensure a working knowledge of the UKPSF
• Ensure a working knowledge of the IT@S and SAR schemes
• Explain the detail of the written and presentation routes
• Support consistency and appropriateness of judgement
• Refresh perspectives and to learn from case based examples
• Share best practice
• Celebrate excellence in learning and teaching
In the first instance the training will be undertaken by SALT staff to embed the process. The initial training process for all assessors will always be undertaken in person in peer groups to promote discussion and consistency.
Assessors should refer to the Assessment criteria and Indicative Activities (these are available on the Fellowship Resources webpage).
Training materials including preparation outline applications and supporting case studies will be provided to assessors. Videos of presentation applications will be created as part of the training at various levels of quality which will be part of the training materials.
Assessor/Mentor training for 2018
|2018||TBC||SALT Training Room, Singleton (Park Campus)|
|2018||TBC||Room tbc (Bay Campus)|
Note: these sessions are for assessors/mentors ONLY and are by invitation. They are not open to applicants.