Glossary of SEDA-PDF Terms
In all of the PDF
documentation the term ‘Institution’ is used. While the core group currently
using the PDF framework are institutions of higher education we aspire to other
bodies and organisations joining. SEDA continues its tradition of working
constructively with overseas bodies and institutions.
to offer PDF named awards your institution has to gain recognition as a PDF
provider. Institutional recognition is built into the normal accreditation process
and completed simultaneously with the first programme accreditation. SEDA-PDF is a
supportive developmental framework and the institutional aspects are reviewed
and refreshed when further programmes are added to your
The mapping document provides a structured approach to achieving institutional recognition and programme accreditation. The mentor will work with you in completing the document in an
appropriate fashion. Evidence will be required to support the accreditation and we
encourage you to draw, as far as possible, upon existing institutional
documentation. Here too the mentor will
provide support and guidance.
A mentor will
normally be appointed to guide you through the process of developing your accreditation documents. The mentor is an independent expert in the named award area and has experience of what is required to complete the accreditation process.
Named Award Co-ordinator
Each named award area has a designated lead person who will discuss with you your
professional development provision and accreditation requirements.
The PDF Committee has oversight of the
framework and ratifies accreditations. The Committee mainly consists of named award co-ordinators but additionally includes other appropriate experts. The
Committee is charged with maintaining the quality assurance processes and
establishing further named awards congruent with the
Here we have used the
term programme for the course or award which the institution offers for accreditation. SEDA does not impose unnecessary conditions on an institution and
so there is no requirement for the programme to be either credit rated or at a
The term programme leader is used in the documentation and refers to the designated
person within the institution who will be presenting the programme for accreditation. Support events are run throughout the year for programme leaders
who aspire to gain accreditation.
Each named award area conforms to a common framework of core development outcomes
and underpinning values. In
addition each named award has a set of specialist outcomes. Through the accreditation process you will demonstrate how these are delivered to and achieved
by the participants.
Separate from the mentoring process, accreditors are appointed who advise the PDF Committee on the
validity of your claim. The accreditation event most frequently includes some form
of institutional visit. The accreditors will advise the PDF Committee about the
outcomes of the event and when appropriate indicate recommendations and conditions which need to be satisfied.
Most probably your first point of
contact. The office administers the scheme including invoicing and issuing