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Ready to develop your teaching skills at Oxford? The new Advancing Teaching and Learning Programme, starting Jan 2021 and leading to the award of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, is now open to staff who meet the application criteria.


The Advancing Teaching and Learning (ATL) programme replaces the Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programme in Hilary Term 21. It is designed for those who have sustained teaching experience (i.e. teaching more than a just a few sessions) and who wish to develop their teaching or learning support practice in higher education. It is open to DPhil students, postdoctoral and early career researchers, academics new to teaching and professional learning support staff, amongst others.

The ATL programme is externally accredited by Advance HE and integrates the requirements for Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education within the programme’s activities and assessment process. By passing the ATL, participants will simultaneously be judged to have fulfilled the requirements for Descriptor 1 of the PSF and can be designated as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).


The ATL will be taught over two terms and two cohorts will be running during the academic year 2020-21; one starting in Hilary Term 2021 and one in Trinity Term 2021. Each programme will consist of six 90min workshops. Further details, workshop dates and an application form can be accessed via Advancing Teaching and Learning (ATL) pages

For MSD applicants for HT21: once your application has been assessed and approved by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), you will be able to attend the MSD specific online ATL programme sessions:

  1. Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 09:30-11:00am  
  2. Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 09:30-11:00am  
  3. Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 09:30-11:00am  
  4. Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 09:30-11:00am  
  5. Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 09:30-11:00am  
  6. Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 09:30-11:00am  


This course is run by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.  Further details and an application form can be accessed via Advancing Teaching and Learning (ATL) pagesIf would like to apply for the ATL programme but cannot access the ATL webpages because you do not have single sign on (SSO), please contact for further information. 

Please note that the closing date for ATL applications for HT2021 is 23 October 2020.