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Reward for significant contribution to Student Education



Dr Mariana Estrada-Robles (Leeds University Business School) has obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP).

This is a post-induction programme for colleagues who make a significant contribution to Student Education at Leeds.

It is accredited by Advance HE, which has also awarded her Fellowship of the HEA (Advance HE was previously known as the Higher Education Academy).

Dr Estrada-Robles said: “I am delighted to have finished the PGCAP – it has been a very rewarding experience.

“This 18-month programme has been a fantastic opportunity to develop my teaching philosophy and to position my teaching practice within my discipline, the University and the wider Higher Education context. It has also allowed me to have a more open dialogue with my students and to understand the concepts underpinning student education, with aims to create a greater learning experience for my students.

“I encourage anyone who wants to enhance their teaching practice or is looking to obtain the Advance HE Fellowship to consider studying the PGCAP.”

The programme adopts an holistic approach to student education through critical and challenging tasks in each of its three modules.

It also uses reflection, peer and self-assessment, as well as active learning, to offer participants the opportunity to explore and apply different theories of learning, innovative pedagogies and inclusive learning.

“To enhance my teaching practice and to continue developing my teaching identity, the PGCAP has imprinted long-term habits in me, such as permanent reflection, self-assessment and constant search for personal development,” added Dr Estrada-Robles.

“Being part of communities of practice and sharing with peers is also something I plan to continue in the future.”