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A warm welcome to the Postgraduate Certificate programme run by Academic Development (HRD).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) is a blended programme designed to support you in your professional development, particularly in enhancement of your learning and teaching practice. The Programme provides a supportive but challenging framework within which participants can develop their knowledge and understanding, skills and practice as academic professionals in Higher Education.

The PGCAP is for new and experienced academics as well as other professionals and Graduate Teaching Studentships (GTSs) who are teaching and/or supporting learning at the University of Salford. Successful completion of the PGCAP leads to a recognized teaching qualification in Higher Education and to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Colleagues who would like to participate in the PGCAP for CPD purposes and complete stand-alone modules with or without completing the assessment for each module, are also welcome. Our next cohort starts in September.

Click on the links below for further information on the PGCAP.

PGCAP Application

Please study the information provided about the PGCAP programme carefully to find out if this is the right programme for you, before completing and submitting an application form.

The programme is currently offered to all staff with teaching or supporting students at the University of Salford, including new staff on probation with teaching responsibilities. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), as well as experienced staff and colleagues teaching HE in FE at Partner Colleges.

You will be able to apply for the full PGCAP programme or individual modules or participate without completing the assessment for each module. Please note, if you decide not to complete the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of participation and not an award.

If you would like to apply to study towards the PGCAP or would like to complete a specific module, please study the following resources carefully to explore if this programme or module is for you.

If you would like to apply to take part in the programme, please download and read a copy of the programme handbook, and then complete the application form and the letter of support and send them both to the HRD team. If you have any queries about the programme that have not been answered by the documentation on these web pages, please email Martyn Clarke, the programme leader.

We are currently accepting applications for September 2014. The deadline for submission is the 10th of July 2014.

Semester 1 - Commencing January 2014

LTHE module (core)
LTHE module - Thursdays 9.30-12.30pm

Online orientation - 13 - 24 Jan (available through Blackboard)

Face-to-face e-portfolio session - 23 Jan, 9.30-12.30pm (Room TBC)

LTHE week 1 - 30 Jan, 9.30-10pm (Room TBC)

Download Module Specification


Semester 2 - Commencing January 2014

(For those that have already completed the core module)

AFL module (optional)
AFL module - Tuesdays 9.30-12.30pm (Week 1 - 28 January 2014)

Online orientation (unit 1) - 13 - 24 Jan (online)

Download Module Specification

Semester 1 - Commencing September 2014

LTHE module (core)
LTHE module - Tuesdays 9.30-12.30pm

Online orientation - 15 -26 Sept (available through Blackboard)

Face-to-face e-portfolio session – 16 Sep, 9.30-12.30pm (Room TBC)

LTHE week 1 – 30 Sept, 9.30-10pm (Room TBC)

Download Module Specification

Semester 2 - Commencing September 2014

(For those who have already completed the core module)

FDOL module (optional)
FDOL module - Thursdays 9.30-12.30pm

Online orientation (unit 1) - 15 - 26 Sept (online)

FDOL (Unit 2) - 2 Oct, 9.30-12.30pm (Room TBC)

Download Module Specification



 Position Background/Research Interests  Contact

Dr Martyn Clark

PGCAP (AFL module)

Academic Innovations Manager (HRD)

At University of Salford since October 2012. Previously a senior lecturer at the University of Leeds where at different times he was Academic Champion for the Faculty of Engineering; Director of Learning and Teaching for the School for Computing; and a lecturer in the School of Continuing Education.

Research interests include the emergence and acceptance of new academic disciplines and the transition from university study to graduate employment. His work has appeared in a range of journals including Teaching in Higher Education; Studies in Higher Education; Vocations and Learning; and Journal of Vocational Education and Training.

Email Martyn


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Dr Siân Etherington

PGCAP tutor (LTHE module)



I’ve been at the University of Salford since 2002, when, I joined the English as a Foreign Language department in the School of Languages. I now work as lecturer and programme leader on the MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages) in the School of HuLSS and am a tutor on the PGCAP core module in LTHE.

I completed my PhD in TESOL at the University of Manchester, studying international student perceptions and beliefs about grammar teaching. I have a continuing interest in the experiences of international students in British universities and their transitions into new academic cultures. 

Full Profile


Email Siân


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Gillian Fielding 


PGCAP Tutor (FDOL module)


At the University since 2004, responsible for Digital Literacy development. Previously lecturing in IT and epidemiology at Accrington & Rossendale College and UCLAN; learning technologies and IT at The Manchester College (MANCAT); teaching both on traditional, face to face and online programmes. At MANCAT Gillian was also ILT Champion, leading the institution on implementing pedagogic and technological changes such as implementing an institutional wide VLE, text tools, interactive whiteboards, gaming, etc. 

Research interests include: technologies to enhance the student and staff experience, including social media, cloud computing, mobile computing, BYOD. Gillian is currently doing her PhD.

Gillian has presented on learning technologies at conferences including: SOLSTICE, CLTR, LILAC. ECE, UCISA and Blackboard World and Blackboard Teaching & Learning.


Email Gillian


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Programme Resources

PGCAP Module Specifications

To download copies of the PGCAP module specifications click on the links:


Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Module (LTHE)

Flexible, Distance and Online Learning Module (FDOL)

Assessment and Feedback for Learning Module (AFL)


  Here you will find presentations used from across the programme and other staff development activities outside the programme. Feel free to browse if you are on the programme and are keen to see what we are going to uncover. Remember, we are refreshing all our modules and resources regularly.

Please also feel free to check presentations from individuals we follow and our favourites.  




We are using YouTube to store clips created in our sessions that capture specific learning and teaching activities. We also interview our students regularly to capture their learning experience on the programme and ask them to comment on specific aspects.The PGCAP video collection is available here.


There are also specific playlists such as:

PGCAP at Salford

Peer observation on the PGCAP

Creative teaching on the PGCAP

The PGCAP eportfolio

Professional Discussion 


Food for thought collection

This is an OER collection in which we explore specific themes linked to learning and teaching. The collection is enriched continouusly in collaboration with the wider academic community within and beyond Salford. Access the food for thought video clips and engage in the conversation. If you would like to get involved with the series, please get in touch with Chrissi Nerantzi.

Please remember to visit our PGCAP channel regularly and remember that you might find it useful to subscribe to receive updates.





Diigo is a social bookmarking site where you will find a series of useful resources and lists.

LTHE module 

AFL module

FDOL module

Did you find a useful resource around learning and teaching for the PGCAP programme? Feel free to join the PGCAP group and share it with others. If we all contribute to this collection it will soon become a rich and useful resource bank for us all. Use this link to join the group.





Here you will find key texts for each module which are available in the University Library. Browse in advance of joining a module. We recommend you to purchase a few of the key texts for each module.

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) 

Assessment & Feedback for Learning (AFL) 

Access our PGCAP scoop where we curate content from around the web useful for students and tutors on the programme that helps us to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the HE context from around the world.





A digital photo album of activities linked to the PGCAP and individual modules. Feel free to browse to get a flavour of the programme. During the programme, all students are given access to our Flickr account and are welcome to use it. Our Flickr collection is available here.


Programme FAQs

We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. Choose the category that best decribes your query and click on the link.

If you still cannot find the answer to your query please contact the HRD team.


To access the PGCAP blog click here.  

PGCAP Testimonials

Here you will find a selection of feedback from students and our external examiners about the PGCAP. We are always happy to put you in touch with any of our current and past PGCAP students and our PGCAP tutors if you would like to find out more about the Programme or a specific module. Click to access our testimonials

Check out pictures from the LTHE Module (September 2012) below.


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Any queries please contact the HRD team.