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As academics and education professionals, we all share a desire to continuously improve our teaching practice, and all of SLTI’s activities are designed to support colleagues in achieving this.

Share and build on your best practice, and help transform lives.


SLTI offers a range of programmes and services:

HEA fellowship

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) manages the process of accreditation of courses and continuing professional development (CPD) schemes for individual recognition in the UK, following the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

At Solent University we have two accredited routes you can follow to achieve the different categories of Fellowship: the taught route and the CPD route. 

Associate Fellow taught route

Enhancing Learning in Higher Education (PDU022) is a 15-credit professional development unit delivered twice a year, aimed at those responsible for teaching and supporting learning but who do not undertake the full range of teaching duties. The unit covers areas of student learning and support particularly relevant to those new to teaching in HE. The unit is part-time and delivered online, as well as a Saturday session taught face-to-face.

Contact for information about how to apply.

Fellow taught route

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PCTLHE) is aimed at all those undertaking the full range of activities in a teaching role. Its work-based, reflective approach within a collegial environment allows you to focus on your own interests and subject area, with the ongoing, friendly support of peers and tutors.

The course consists of three units requiring attendance on Wednesday afternoons from October through to May, with a final submission of coursework at the end of May.

Contact for information about how to apply.

CPD route

The supported CPD scheme leads to Associate Fellowship, Fellowhip, or Senior Fellowship of the HEA. You can find more information in Solent Online Learning, or contact for more details. 


Continuing Professional Development programme 2018 

SLTI runs a programme of CPD workshops throughout the year, covering subjects from getting your students to write and formative assessment ideas to inclusive practice in teaching and learning.

If you have any questions, would like help with any areas that are not included in the set programme, or for a session to be repeated for a school, subject area or course team, please email

Upcoming dates

Items with * are part of the 'Craft of academic writing' series.

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

  • Wednesday 11 April: Co-creating research: student and staff working as one
  • Tuesday 24 April: Installing reading software in students' brains

June 2018


Peer practice exchange

The peer practice exchange promotes reflection on and the sharing of practice and aims to refine Solent’s learning and teaching.

What is the exchange for?

  • To provide individual feedback
  • To facilitate and encourage practice sharing across the University
  • To establish stronger networks and professional working relationships
  • To develop and enrich teaching practice and learning experiences at Solent.

How can I set up an exchange?

You can choose your own partner, your course and school colleagues may have suggestions, or SLTI can match you with a PPE scheme partner, either from your own school or from another discipline altogether.

How do I log my exchange?

Email with ‘PPE’ as the subject, and including the name of you and your peer, the date of exchange and the unit involved.

Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment (TESTA)

The TESTA project works with academics, students and managers to identify study behaviour, generate assessment patterns to foster deeper learning across whole programmes, and debunk regulatory myths that prevent assessment for learning.

The RIT team are also working with Brunel University, the University of Nottingham and Trinity and City Colleges in Dublin to introduce or further the role of TESTA in their courses.


Support and resources for new lecturers

Good teaching practice – from day-to-day habits that make teaching great, to fantastic ideas that can change the way you work – can enhance the learning experience for you and your students.

New to teaching?

New to teaching?

Based on text by Phil Race, In at the deep end provides help and advice on planning lessons, large and small group teaching, assessment, feedback and marking. The lesson plan template can also help you make sure your classes are well planned and don’t run over the 50 minutes allotted.

Lesson plan template

Get to know the library: it can provide more help and support than you might realise! Don’t forget to check out the copyright restrictions when preparing resources.

Engaging your students

  • Get to know them. Ask them to upload a photo to their SOL profile – you can print these out.
  • Be creative in your teaching and try new approaches. Get some inspiration from the blog!
  • Bring your own research into your teaching, or make sure your subject has a real world context.
  • Encourage your students to contribute as much as possible, whether through whole-group discussions or pair work.
  • Ask open questions to check understanding and learning
  • Make your curriculum inclusive, in terms of access to the physical and online environments, but also with case studies, examples and texts that reflect the diversity of society.

Teaching with SOL

Solent Online Learning (SOL) is the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

Every unit has its own area on SOL, and our goal is that the online teaching and learning environment is every bit as rich, stimulating and dynamic as the classroom environment.

The SOL Baseline and Activity Chart show that SOL can be used for so much more than simply storing lecture notes. Find out more within SOL itself, talk to the instructional design team, or find plenty of inspiration on the blog
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