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Become an Associate Fellow of the HEA

If you’re new to teaching or supporting student learning and want to formalise your experience and to progress, an HEA Associate Fellowship could add great value to your professional teaching experience.

You’re likely to be one of the following:

  • an early-career researcher with some teaching responsibilities (e.g. PhD student, graduate training assistant, contract post-doc)
  • new to HE teaching, have a limited teaching portfolio or teach part-time
  • in a demonstrator/technician role with some teaching responsibilities, or support teaching/learning (e.g. as a learning technologist or learning resource staff member)

Applicants may apply online by logging into MyAcademy. The application process consists of an Account of Professional Practice (APP), two supporting statements from referees and payment of a fee where applicable. If you are from a subscribing institution the cost for Associate Fellow is £100. If you are from a non-subscribing institution or independent the cost is £200. The awards of SFHEA and PFHEA carry additional application requirements.

Your APP will demonstrate that you meet Descriptor 1 (D1) of the UKPSF. For further guidance, please see HEA Fellowships.

Our recognition events and writing retreats provide a structured environment in which to reflect and prepare your application.


Useful resources

- Associate Fellow guidance for applicants

- Associate Fellow referee guidance notes

- UK Professional Standards Framework