The HEA accredits initial and continuing professional development programmes delivered by higher education providers (including private providers and HE delivered in FE Colleges). Accreditation provides external confirmation that institutional CPD provision is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UK PSF).
On successful completion of an accredited programme or scheme, participating individuals are eligible to apply for professional recognition at the appropriate Academy fellowship category (See our Professional Recognition page for more details).
For a list of currently accredited provision please see here.
Accreditation Services (with effect from September 2012)
Accreditation has been streamlined, to provide a more robust, fair and transparent system by:
- Having one accreditation process - the documentary submission accreditation panel;
- Introducing a limit of one accreditation request in any three year accreditation cycle (which may contain separate elements of provision);
- Introducing the requirement for all submissions to have institutional sign-off
For an overview of accreditation and CPD schemes, you can download our 2013 HEA Annual Conference poster, 'Accreditation and CPD schemes: Working in Partnership with the HEA'.
There are several reasons for recent changes, and these are outlined below:
- To make the accreditation process, and particularly the decision making, more transparent by separating developmental work from the summative judgement process;
- To streamline the accreditation process, so that accreditation requests can be dealt with more quickly than at present;
- To remove the requirement for all institutional teams to attend a developmental meeting;
- To provide focussed information and guidance for institutions in response to demand;
To encourage institutions to develop integrated approaches to their CPD provision that align with the descriptors of UKPSF and that address all staff, regardless of their status and experience.
During the last academic year the HEA operated two routes to accreditation: the Accreditation Development meeting (ADM) route for those institutions seeking support and the Documentary Submission (DS) route for more established provision.
In the ADM route accreditors worked with institutional teams to provide guidance and feedback on draft documentation in order to help them prepare their formal submission for accreditation. Final accreditation decisions were taken by the accreditors involved in this formative process.
In the DS route, a panel of accreditors met to review formal and final submission documents from institutions and made final accreditation decisions against set criteria.
The DS accreditation panel is now the sole route to accreditation (WEF September 2012).
The HEA will hold monthly Accreditation Panels with a faster decision-making cycle (typically six-eight weeks from submission to decision). Institutional submission requirements are detailed in the guidance notes (see link on right side of this page).
In parallel with these panels, the HEA now runs free information and guidance events that explore the use of the UKPSF as a CPD framework, explain the requirements for successful accreditation, and help institutions prepare for the formal accreditation submission.
Accreditation as a subscription benefit is limited to a single accreditation submission in any three year period. There is, within reason, no limit to the number of separate routes to recognition that a submission may contain but it must be made clear how each individual piece of provision fits within the wider institutional accreditation strategy and/or CPD framework. All accreditation requests will need institutional endorsement.
In this context it is important for an institution to consider the totality of its learning and teaching support provision and the current accreditation periods of individual elements. The Academy, through liaison between the Partnership Manager and the accreditation team, will work with institutional staff to help them integrate and align existing accredited elements into a coherent accreditation submission.
Detailed guidance notes and accreditation documents are now available. Please read the Guidance Notes for full details of putting together your submission. The institutional submission should be accompanied by a Cover Sheet and a Self-Assessment Checklist. Links to the documentation can be found under 'Accreditation resources' on the right hand side of the page.
Submissions may be made at any time. The Accreditation team will allocate submissions to a panel on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to allow the accreditation panel sufficient time to fully consider submissions, there will be a cut-off allocation date each month, after which the submission will be allocated in the following month. The allocation dates for the 2013-2014 academic year are:
26th July 2013
30th August 2013
27th September 2013
25th October 2013
15th November 2013
27th December 2013
31st January 2014
28th February 2014
28th March 2014
25th April 2014
30th May 2014
27th June 2014
The Academy will be running Information and Guidance Events (IGEs) on the Accreditation process at venues around the UK at various times throughout the year:
- 29 July 2013 - University of Northumbria
- 19 September 2103 - Solihull College
- 15 October - University of Glasgow
- 28 November 2013 - Higher Education Academy, York
- 28 January 2014 - University of Ulster
- 25 February 2014 - University of East London
- 20 March 2014 - Cardiff University
- 29 May 2014 - Durham University
- 29 July 2014 - University of Gloucestershire
Attendance will be free for up to three individuals from each institution. For more information and to book onto an event, please click on the link in the list above.
Making Internal Recognition Decisions Support Workshops will be used to offer support, guidance and development to those who are involved in making and/or supporting the assessment process within an institution’s Continuing Professional Development scheme. This is for those institutions who have, or are looking to develop, a CPD scheme which is accredited by the HEA. It will provide an opportunity for those involved in making recognition decisions within institutions to explore the UKPSF and evidence that may be presented against it. These workshops will be run throughout the year:
- 16 January 2014 - University of the Arts London
- 12 March 2014 - University of the West of Scotland
- 14 May 2014 - Aston University
For more information and to book onto an event, please click on the link in the list above.
Access to accreditation is a benefit of HEA subscription. More information on subscription services can be found here.
In order to improve our Accreditation and Recognition services, revisions may be made to our web content from time to time, please check our website at regular intervals to ensure that you have the most up to date information available.