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Postdoc Life Series: Personal Development and Recognition in Higher Education Teaching

This information session designed for postdocs and research staff will highlight opportunities for professional development aligned to teaching, including the certification of teaching experience via the Queen's Merit Award and HEA fellowships.

Past Event

February 21, 2023
13:00 - 14:00

Overview of this session

Gaining teaching experience and awareness of good teaching practice in higher education is key to research staff aiming at an academic career. The Centre for Educational Development (CED) at Queen's provides courses to develop teaching skills and supports applications for individuals to become Associate Fellows (or Fellows) of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which is an internationaly recognised teaching certification listed as desirable criteria in most lectureship job descriptions.

While the content is tailored to research staff, it is also relevant to others and everyone is welcome to attend.


The session will be facilitated by Karen Fraser, Senior Educational Developer in the Centre for Educational Development.

She will talk about:

  • The HEA Fellowship scheme and Queen's Merit Award: the HEA Fellowship scheme will be described as well as the process to receive accreditation for free via the Queen's Merit award. Eligibility, content of the programme, support with applications and application process will be covered.
  • The PGCHET: the PostGraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching is a way to develop further understanding of teaching practice in Universities, which could be relevant for those involved in high amounts of teaching.
  • Workshops and further development: A range of further development activities beyond certification, such as workshops, will be covered.

Find out about our facilitator below.

The 'Postdoc Life' series

The 'Postdoc Life' series of information sessions aims at highlighting some of the internal and sector developments and initiatives to postdocs and research staff, in order to help them better understand and navigate their direct (Queen's) and wider (UK Research and Innovation sector) environment.

Sessions will be organised approximately once per month, and future topics will include export control and governance, open research, narrative CVs, quality outputs and citations etc.

All postdocs and research staff can suggest future topics by contacting the PDC (


Karen Fraser

Karen is a Senior Educational Developer working in the Centre for Educational Development. She has 19 years' experience in pedagogic research and academic development and is the institutional lead for professional development and recognition for academic staff. Karen strives to raise the teaching profession's profile by supporting and mentoring colleagues to develop their teaching practice and enhance student learning. She has a research background in student engagement, student retention, assessment, and feedback.  She has extensive experience designing, developing, and delivering academic enhancement projects & workshops in assessment & feedback, students as partners, technology-enhanced learning and getting started in pedagogic research.  She also manages research projects and has a particular interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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