YOUR ROUTES TO FELLOWSHIP

The Higher Education Academy offers professional recognition for each category of Fellowship: Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow. There are two ways to gain HEA Fellowship:

1) Individual direct application to the Higher Education Academy - for those wishing to apply through submission of an evidence based account of practice supported by referees or advocates and which is peer reviewed.

2) Completion of accredited programmes: the Higher Education Academy accredits institutional programmes (programmes and continuing professional development schemes/frameworks) against each of the 4 Descriptors.

Fellowship can be gained by individuals internationally; institutions can gain accreditation through becoming a subscriber to the Higher Education Academy.

Resources for referees, internal reviewers and mentors are available here.

Fellowship Application

Please complete the form below and we will email to you further information about Fellowship and how to apply.

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Direct application

Which category is for you?

In deciding which category of Higher Education Academy Fellowship to apply for at this stage in your career, you will need to determine which of the four Descriptors of the UKPSF is most appropriate to your practice and professional experience. Each Descriptor sets out the requirements for a category of Fellowship as below:

ASSOCIATE FELLOW (AFHEA)

Associate Fellowship is for you, if you are typically:

  • an early-career researcher with some teaching responsibilities (e.g. PhD student, graduate training assistant, contract researcher/ post-doctoral researchers)
  • new to HE teaching, have a limited teaching portfolio or teach part-time
  • a member of staff who supports academic provision (e.g. learning technologist, learning developer and learning resource/library staff)
  • a member of staff who undertakes the role of demonstrator/technician roles with some teaching-related responsibilities
  • an experienced member of staff in a relevant professional area who may be new to teaching and/or supporting learning, or who have a limited teaching portfolio
 

FELLOW (FHEA)

Fellowship is for you, if you are typically:

  • an early-career academic
  • in an academic-related and/or support role holding substantive teaching and learning responsibilities
  • an experienced academic, relatively new to higher education.
  • a member of staff with, sometimes significant, teaching-only responsibilities, including for example, within work-based settings
 

SENIOR FELLOW (SFHEA)

Senior Fellowship is for you, if you are typically:

  • an experienced member of academic staff who is able to demonstrate impact and influence through, for example, responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes for subjects/disciplines
  • an experienced subject mentor or someone who supports those new to teaching
  • an experienced member of staff with departmental and/or wider teaching/learning support advisory responsibilities within your institution
 

PRINCIPAL FELLOW (PFHEA)

Principal Fellowship is for you, if you are typically:

  • a highly experienced senior member of staff with wide-ranging academic or academic-related strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning
  • responsible for institutional strategic leadership and policymaking in the area of teaching and learning
  • staff who have strategic impact and influence in relation to teaching and learning that extends beyond their own institution
 

Direct application

How to apply

Applications are made online by logging into MyAcademy. Check your account details are correct so that you receive email correspondence. The application process is different depending on the category of Fellowship you wish to apply for. For Associate Fellow and Fellow the application consists of an Account of Professional Practice (APP), two supporting statements from referees and payment of a fee where applicable. If you are applying for Senior Fellow (SFHEA) or Principal Fellow (PFHEA) there are additional application requirements. To start your application, click 'Find out more' for the relevant category to you and request an information pack.

Accredited Programme/Scheme

Individuals

If you have successfully completed a Higher Education Academy accredited course, for example, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in teaching and learning or a continuing professional development (CPD) programme, you are eligible for Higher Education Academy Fellowship.

You will be informed by your programme leader if your course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy.

If you have completed a course and you are not employed by a subscribing institution your Fellowship award is subject to a fee.

 

Programme Leaders

If you are a Higher Education Academy accredited CPD programme/scheme leader you will need to apply on behalf of your course participants after their successful completion of the programme, through the MyAcademy portal. Simply log in to MyAcademy and follow the online instructions.

As a programme leader you may be contacted by individuals who have completed Higher Education Academy accredited courses or programmes and asked to be registered for Fellowship via MyAcademy.

Please complete the form below and we will email to you further information about Fellowship and how to apply.

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

If you have a question or comment, please send us a message and we will get back to you shortly. 

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

Application fees 2017/18

Application fees vary depending on the route you take to Fellowship, with individuals from subscribing instutions benefiting from discounted fees.

  Accredited Provision (individual from a subscribing institution - strategic or accredited) Accredited Provision (individual from a non-subscribing institution) Direct application to the HEA (individual from a subscribing institution - strategic or accredited) Direct application to the HEA (individual from a non-subscribing institution)
Associate Fellow No cost £100 £100 £200
Fellow No cost £200 £200 £400
Senior Fellow No cost £300 £300 £600
Principal Fellow No cost £500 £500 £1000

Individuals who have successfully completed a Higher Education Academy accredited course can apply for HEA Fellowship by making a request to their programme leader where they studied to enter their details in the respective institution’s accredited provision section in the Higher Education Academy’s MyAcademy.

How the application is reviewed

All applications for HEA Fellowships are appraised by experienced peer reviewers, chosen for their extensive knowledge and practice of review in teaching and learning. They include specialist educators and expert practitioners across disciplines.

Applications for AFHEA and FHEA will be reviewed by two peer reviewers while applications to SFHEA and PFHEA will be reviewed by three peer reviewers. Successful applicants enjoy a host of benefits on gaining HEA Fellowship, so we recommend that you consider the Guide to Fellowship and FAQs carefully before submitting your application.

Please complete the form below to request an information pack, including FAQs and more information about applying for fellowship.

Please complete the form below and we will email to you further information about Fellowship and how to apply.

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

If you have a question or comment, please send us a message and we will get back to you shortly. 

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

Please complete the form below and we will email to you further information about Fellowship and how to apply.

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

If you have a question or comment, please send us a message and we will get back to you shortly. 

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.