RET Fellowship FAQs

Do I have to be a member of staff or a GTA at the University of Glasgow?

You do not have to be employed directly by the University to apply for RET. Anyone who teaches University of Glasgow students is eligible to apply. As well as those in ‘traditional’ academic roles, we encourage applications from those in other roles who play an important part in supporting our students’ learning, e.g. librarians, technicians etc. Unfortunately, RET is not available to Honorary members of staff, unless they are involved in teaching our students at the time of applying.


How much does RET cost?

RET is free to all members of staff and GTAs so long as they are teaching/supporting the learning of our students.


What teaching counts?

Rather than teaching, think about facilitation or support of learning and you won’t go far wrong.  So, of course class room-based lectures, tutorials and labs (as leader or demonstrator) count, but so too does teaching and/or support of learning in the field, the clinic and online.  


Do I have to be formally assessing students?

No, but to make a case for Fellow or Senior Fellow around Area of Activity A3 (Assess and give feedback to learners) you will need to make a convincing case that you the work you do does relate to assessment and feedback.  For example, you may be working with student to help them prepare essays or dissertations where you have not set the task nor will mark the assignment.  Nonetheless you will be working with assessment criteria and the feedback you provide on these will enable students to improve.  If this argument becomes too forced or artificial, perhaps recognition as an Associate Fellow is more suitable for you at present.


Do I have to attend a mandatory introduction session?

Yes, all participants who engage with RET must attend a mandatory introduction session. This includes those who are new to the framework or who have obtained their recognition elsewhere, including direct application to the HEA, and who wish to pursue another cateogry of recognition via RET.


Can I use a previous teaching observation as my RET observation?

Normally, no.  RET’s teaching observation is intended to be developmental by giving you something concrete to reflect on and to evidence your commitment to evidence-based CPD.  It also confirms that you are engaging in appropriate teaching activities, a requirement for recognition.  If this requirement is going to seriously disadvantage you, contact the RET team so that we can discuss whether another activity such as your support for learning can be observed.


Can I participate in RET if I'm on the ECDP?

Some staff on the Early Career Development Programme may, in discussion with their ECDP mentor and/or Head of School, feel that they already have a substantial track record of a reflective, reasoned and innovative approach to teaching, course design, assessment and evaluation. In some instances where such a substantive track record exists it may be deemed appropriate to pursue Fellowship of RET instead of completing the PGCAP programme that is the normal component of ECDP. Please refer to the PGCAP guidelines on Accreditation for Prior Learning for more information.


What if I’m not currently teaching?

It’s not possible to make a claim for recognition of your learning and teaching practice without having been involved in teaching/supporting learning recently. However, we encourage you to attend elements of the University’s CPD provision around learning and teaching so as to continue to develop your knowledge and experience in anticipation of applying at a later date.


Can I reflect on teaching I’ve done at another institution?

Yes, you can draw on your practice in other institutions but we still expect you to be able to be observed teaching at Glasgow and at least part of your application should relate to teaching you’ve done here.


Are the workshops compulsory?

No, the workshops are not compulsory but they will support you in gathering the evidence for your claim and in the preparation of your application.


What is a peer group?

Once we have accepted your Expression of Interest, you are officially ‘on RET.’  At this stage, we will allocate you to a peer group.  This is a small group (3-5) of individuals applying for similar categories of recognition.  The function of the peer group is to enable you to organise peer observations of teaching and to provide mutual support.  In particular, people have found it useful to offer to read each other’s application.  Please note, it is up to you to make contact with your peer group after you have been allocated.


How do I get started?

The first step is to attend an introductory session, booked via Eventbrite.