Higher Education Academy Accreditation aligning professional development to the UKPSF

<strong>Higher Education Academy Accreditation</strong> aligning professional development to the UKPSF

The Higher Education Academy accredits continuous professional development (CPD) programmes which are delivered by higher education providers both within the UK and internationally.

Accreditation is the process we use to confirm that these opportunities for professional development offered by institutions are aligned with the professional standards framework (UKPSF).

This is a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within higher education teaching and learning support. The UKPSF can be applied to professional development programmes at an individual or institutional level to improve the quality of teaching and learning and recognise excellence.

Higher Education Academy Accreditation is considered a ‘badge of quality’, requiring institutions to embed the UKPSF within policy and strategy indicating clear commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning.

Programmes/schemes can be accredited as meeting the requirements of one or more of the four descriptors of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). This means that successful participants on these programmes will be eligible to be awarded one of the four categories of HEA Fellowship; Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship or Principal Fellowship. HEA Fellows are entitled to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA).

Accreditation is only available to institutions that subscribe to certain HEA packages.

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The benefits of Higher Education Academy Accreditation

Higher Education Academy Accreditation accredits higher education institutions initial and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes against the professional standards framework (UKPSF). Accreditation brings benefits to both academic staff and to higher education institutions by:

  • raising the profile of teaching and learning, and celebrating its importance alongside research activities
  • providing a structured approach to the development, recognition and reward of staff who teach and/or support learning
  • demonstrating to students a measurable commitment to the quality of teaching
  • raising the standards of teaching and encouraging good practice
  • enabling staff to gain professional recognition for their successful professional practice as an educator
  • making it possible to benchmark provision against internationally recognised quality standards

A best practice approach to teaching and learning

The UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF) is a globally recognised framework for benchmarking success within higher education teaching and learning support. The UKPSF can be applied to professional development programmes at an individual or institutional level to improve the quality of teaching and learning and recognise excellence.

Higher Education Academy Accreditation provides external and independent confirmation that professional development is aligned with the UKPSF. Accreditation provides participants on accredited programmes with the opportunity to be professionally recognised through the Higher Education Academy’s Fellowship scheme in recognition of their continuing success in teaching and learning support.

Find out about our work with university Human Resources (HR) departments to develop strategies to embed reward and recognition into career progression of academics.

Good practice in use of dialogue in accredited schemes – report by Dr Ruth Pilkington for the HEA

This report, authored by Dr Ruth Pilkington, outlines lessons, issues and recommendations for those using a dialogic route and is illustrated by good practice case studies shared by colleagues leading accredited schemes which successfully use dialogue at Edinburgh Napier University, Ulster University, and York St John University. These exemplars emerge from cycles of implementation, review and enhancement by these academics and provide invaluable insights to guide practitioners.

Read the report

Find out more about the UKPSF

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HEA Accreditation or HEA Approval 
Which is right for your institution?

HEA Accreditation

The defining feature of HEA Accreditation is that upon successful completion of an accredited programme or scheme, participating individuals are automatically eligible to be awarded professional recognition at the appropriate HEA Fellowship category.

Higher Education Academy Approval

HEA Approval differs from HEA Accreditation in that it does not automatically result in participating individuals being awarded professional recognition as a Fellow of the HEA. HEA Approval is external confirmation that a product/resource is aligned to the UKPSF and therefore may be used as evidence towards an application for HEA Fellowship.

Accreditation resources

Find uselful guidance and application documentation, along with documentation for the annual review of CPD schemes, approvals guidance and the Continuum Model of Scholarship in our dedicated accreditation resources area.

 

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