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The University of Southampton
Centre for Higher Education Practice

Learning and teaching

Since March 2020 our focus has been to support the academic transition to online and blended teaching by offering as many tools as we have been able.  A brief outline of our Common Framework for Online Education is in the link below but our CHEP SharePoint site holds a vast selection of Quick Guides, video podcasts and further details on the Common Framework for Online Education.

The university actively supports educators to attain HEA professional to demonstrate commitment to high quality teaching. This can be achieved via our Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) (taught programme) or Professional Recognition of Educator Practice (PREP) (portfolio based).

The University also supports the National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) Scheme to celebrate outstanding individual and collaborative achievements in learning and teaching in UK higher education.

Want to know more?

Visit our CHEP Sharepoint Site (please note this is an internal website for University staff only so you will need to log in with your username and password).


Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

PGCAP, is a part-time, work-based, taught course that supports new academic staff to develop their academic practice skills and gain national recognition of their level of skill. (Fellow of the HEA).



An internal portfolio approach to HEA accreditation. Supports staff to develop their educational practice, knowledge and professional values and achieve recognition by the HEA at all levels of fellowship.

HEA Accreditation

HEA Fellowships

HEA Fellowships are an international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.

Common Framework brochure

Common Framework

The Common Framework for Online Education is our response to moving some of the education online for the academic year 20/21, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


NTF/CATE awards

These prestigious awards are regarded as the highest level of professional recognition of excellence and innovation in all aspects of education.

We will enhance the quality of our teaching and assessment, by working with our students to draw on expertise and best practice both within and outside the institution, and developing our staff at all levels through high quality support and CPD activity.

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