Your institution’s journey to accreditation is a 3 step process:
Completing your application
You can apply for accreditation using the Higher Education Academy Accreditation submission template. This must be endorsed by the institutional signatory and be accompanied by the full participant facing guidance for all programmes presented.
Panel review of your accreditation applications
Our accreditation panel consists of three independent accreditors, who are either Senior or Principal Fellows of the HEA, chaired by a member of HEA staff. Accreditors undertake both initial training and continuing professional development with the HEA in relation to HEA Fellowships and are required to demonstrate they remain in good standing.
Panel decision and recommendations
Our accreditation panel will review your application against four accreditation criteria that will lead to one of three decisions being made for each programme presented:
Accreditation can be awarded with no further action. Feedback may include recommendations for future development and identification of good practice.
Accredit subject to conditions
The programme can be accredited subject to some minor clarifications and/or enhancements. Within the feedback, areas of good practice will be identified and an accreditation action plan will be provided. Your institution will then need to provide evidence that the conditions within the action plan have been met before accreditation is awarded.
Returned for further development
Where it is judged that major development is required to meet the accreditation criteria, the programme (or programmes) will be returned to your institution with explanatory guidance. A new submission will be reviewed by a new accreditation panel.
How long your HEA Accredition will remain valid
Once awarded, your accreditation will be in place for a four-year period.
On commencement of accreditation we require an Annual CPD Review for all non-credit bearing programmes. We will provide a template for this report, which contains data personal to your institution. This personalised template will be sent to you during May each year.