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 attendance at Oxford Essentials, a departmental teaching induction event, 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. 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 SSO please contact giving details of the programme you are applying for.

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


Applications are now closed

Thu 24 Nov 4pm

(7th week MT22) 

9th week MT22 

Thu 5 Jan

 (-1st week HT23) 

Thu 22 Jun 4pm 

(9th week TT23) 


Applications are now closed

Thu 2 Mar 4pm

(7th week HT23) 

9th week HT23 

Mon 3 Apr

(-2nd week TT23) 

Thu 7 Sep 4pm (-4th week MT23) 

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 this before the submission deadline.   

Hilary term 2023 cohort workshop dates: 

  • Thu 5 Jan 9.30am-12.30pm (-1st week HT23) 
  • Wed 11 Jan 9.30am-12.30pm (0th week HT23)  
  • Wed 15 Mar 1-4pm (9th week HT23)  

Trinity term 2023 cohort workshop dates: 

  • Mon 3 Apr 9.30am-12.30pm (-2nd week TT23) 
  • Wed 5 Apr 1-4pm (-2nd week TT23) 
  • Tue 20 June 9.30am-12.30pm (9th week TT23) 

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?  

Come along to one of the 30-minute online ATL information sessions. These are drop in, no need to book sessions, please just select on the teams meeting link below to join a session.   

You can learn more about ATL, meet programme tutors, how to apply, and to ensure the ATL you are considering is a good fit for your teaching/learning support experience. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the ATL programme.  

Wed 22 Feb 2-2.30pm 6 week HT23 (email for booking)

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