Advancing Teaching and Learning programme

The Advancing Teaching and Learning (ATL) programme is a taught programme designed to support those who are relatively new to teaching and supporting learning or those who teach or support learning within a specific context (eg tutorials, lab demonstrations, running study skills support sessions). There are two streams: Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Upon successful completion of the ATL you will be awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).  

Who can apply? 

The ATL programme is open to DPhil students, postdoctoral and early career researchers, academics new to teaching and professional learning support staff, including librarians, technicians, study skills support staff etc. Participants must be engaged in teaching and/or learning support during the ATL programme.   

Are there prerequisites? 

Yes. Applicants to the ATL programme must have attended a Preparing for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO) or equivalent before the start of the first ATL workshop. Arrangements for PLTO vary across the University, so you should consult your department, faculty or division training office if you are unsure how to register.  

If you have not attended a PLTO course, you are required to provide a summary of your induction to teaching or learning support at the University in your application (eg a departmental teaching induction event or being mentored in your Oxford teaching). 

Is Associate Fellowship right for me?  

To find out if your teaching and/or learning support experience, roles and responsibilities align to the associate fellowship criteria, you may wish to complete the Advance HE Fellowship Category Tool.  

Please note you will be asked to share the results of your fellowship category tool as part of the application process.

When is it happening and how do I apply? 

There are two cohorts during each academic year for both streams (Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences). They share the same workshop dates and deadlines. To apply for a place on the programme you will need to complete the ATL application form by the below dates.  If you do not have an SSO, please contact us giving details of the programme you are applying for.

Cohort  Deadline for applications  Notification of successful application  Programme start date  Portfolio deadline 

Dates for 2023-24 will be announced early in Michaelmas term 2023.

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How and when is it delivered? 

The programme comprises three three-hour interactive in-person workshops. A small amount of pre-workshop preparation is required, and participants are supported by a dedicated Canvas site.  

For a given cohort, the workshops take place outside full term with the following term or long vacation giving you time to prepare your portfolio and gain feedback on it before the submission deadline.   

How is it assessed? 

The Advancing Teaching and Learning programme is assessed by a 1,400 word written teaching portfolio. Alongside the portfolio, participants also need to submit a supporting statement from someone at the University who will act as an 'advocate’ and certify that their teaching and/or learning support practice is aligned with the requirements for Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The portfolios are assessed internally by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. 

What do I get on completion? 

The Advancing Teaching and Learning programme is accredited by Advance HE and mapped to the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (UKPSF) and on successful completion, participants are awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters, AFHEA. 

Is there a fee? 

There is no fee for the Advancing Teaching and Learning programme provided you are either a registered doctoral research student of the University or a member of staff with an Oxford ‘Single Sign-On’ (SSO) during the ATL programme.  

If you are a medical educator, a tutor based in the Department of Continuing Education, or do not have SSO for any other reason, you may wish to consider asking your department or faculty to arrange a SSO for you. If this is not possible, you should be aware that you will be charged an administrative fee by Advance HE for processing your Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, AFHEA, award. This fee is 50% of the current direct application fee for AFHEA.  

How can I find out more before I apply?  

If, after completing the Advance HE Fellowship Category Tool, you would like to discuss whether this is the appropriate programme for you, please contact us at

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