The Teaching Academy promotes excellence, innovation and scholarship in teaching and learning and raises the profile and recognition of teaching across the University. It provides a forum for staff and postgraduates who teach and support student learning to share good practice, and encourages an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning. It confers awards to staff and postgraduate researchers for excellence in their contributions to teaching and supporting student learning.
The main aims of the Teaching Academy are to enhance the quality of our teaching provision and promote excellence in teaching to optimise the student learning experience and to raise the profile and recognition of teaching across the University.
The Teaching Academy works in collaboration with the Colleges, CLAD/LS and other Professional Services, the Graduate School and the Guild of Students to achieve these aims and to create an exciting and innovative hub of activity around the University.
The e-newsletter, Education Matters disseminates news about the TA, other internal items and external news related to the education agenda. The TA also publishes an in-house journal Education in Practice which enables staff and students to write up and publish papers, reviews and case studies on innovation in teaching and learning and educational research. In addition, the TA is coordinating events, workshops, special interest groups and other opportunities for professional development in teaching and learning including the Teaching & Learning Conference.
The Teaching Academy confers awards for Educational Enhancement & Innovation to academic and professional services staff nominated by colleagues, offers up to four Birmingham Education Fellowships to outstanding teachers each year and also has awards for outstanding postgraduate researchers who contribute to teaching.