Benefits of accreditation

Accreditation is the process through which the HEA confirms that opportunities for professional development offered by an institution are aligned with the UKPSF and generate the necessary evidence for HEA Fellowships to be awarded. As the process for achieving HEA accreditation is rigorous and requires institutions to embed the UKPSF within policy and strategy it may be considered as a 'badge of quality' which indicates clear commitment to the enhancement of learning and teaching.

Accreditation brings a wide variety of benefits to both academic staff and to institutions by:

  • raising the profile of learning and teaching, 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 nationally recognised quality standards.

Programmes/schemes can be accredited as meeting the requirements of one or more of the four descriptors of the 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 the HEA.

Please refer to the HEA accreditation policy 2016-17 for further explanation both in terms of process and requirements related to HEA accreditation.

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