UWL has introduced a new teaching observation policy to ensure that we can meet regulatory needs and provide appropriate recognition, support and development for our staff who teach. The process is designed to be supportive and to help you identify areas in which you need to develop your practice to ensure you can meet your aspirations and career goals.

All observers will complete a training programme run by the ExPERT Academy and will be provided with annual updates on any changes to the process.

Both observers and participants (those being observed) are provided with a handbook, which describes the process and how the information gathered is used to support the annual appraisal process, UWL’s recognition and reward processes and required reporting such as the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

All teaching staff  except those on the Academic Professional Apprenticeship will be required to follow the Teaching Observation policy and be observed each year.  This applies to all those on 0.5FTE or greater substantive contracts. Where Schools have large numbers of hourly paid lecturers (HPLs), they can come to specific arrangements about Teaching Observation with these individuals.

In most instances, observers will be members of the senior management team of the School or College and will have the relevant disciplinary expertise as well as having completed the required training delivered by the ExPERT Academy. The slides from the training session can be downloaded here

The observers will take a supportive, developmental approach and are looking for evidence of outstanding practice and areas where individuals may need developmental support which will be provided through the UWL CPD Framework