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PGCAP and APA

Find out more about a selection of award-bearing and professional development courses at NTU to support those who teach and support learning including the Academic Practice Apprenticeship (APA) for new permanent lecturers.

Development Courses for your Academic Practice


Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA)

The APA is an Apprenticeship programme available for early-career academics at NTU, where relevant, when they do have not have full Fellowship recognition of the Higher Education Academy or a UK teaching qualification in higher education. The APA aims to support their development, contributing to institutional excellence in learning and teaching, as well as enhancing long-term career aspirations.

Our Academic Practice Team aims to develop a new socially responsible curriculum connecting academics from all backgrounds into a diverse and inclusive community of practice to enhance the learning of our students and ensuring our commitment to the University, reimagined vision.

All individuals who undertake an APA will gain two formal qualifications in teaching in higher education (Certificate of Academic Professional Apprenticeship and Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice) and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

For further queries about the programme please email our team.


Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Other staff who teach and support learning may be able to complete part or all of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP).

Please email the team to enquire about availability.


Teacher Training for Postgraduate Researchers / Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs)

This 4 half-day blended learning course is for PGRs at NTU, designed in response to PGR feedback. The course is an important part of professional development and provides transferable skills, supporting PGRs for future academic careers. It is an accessible course PGRs from all backgrounds, with little to no prior teaching experience.

Workshops offer an experiential model of active collaborative approaches, peer evaluation and responsive feedback, gained through personal and group reflections. PGRs are supported to design activities which engage wstudent interest and support inclusive and effective learning and teaching at NTU.

For further information please email the Researcher Development team.

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