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Teaching and Learning Accreditation

Supporting professional development and recognition aligned to the Professional Standards for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF).

As an Advance HE member we recognise your commitment to teaching and learning by aligning the development you provide for your teaching, and supporting learning staff against the UKPSF and award Fellowships.

Advance HE membership includes a Teaching and Learning Accreditation package with access to the accreditation review that can result in the award of the accreditation. It also includes a range of support to help institutions both enhance their practice and achieve professional recognition for their staff.


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This package raises the profile of teaching and learning in your institution, celebrating its importance alongside research activities, demonstrating to staff and students a commitment to the quality of teaching.

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Advance HE Membership offers Accreditation packages covering teaching and learning, making higher education better for everyone. Choose how your institution accesses our membership.

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Professional Standards Framework

This is an internationally-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.

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Teaching and Learning Accreditation

We accredit 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).

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. Only Advance HE members can have their CPD programmes accredited.

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

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I have become a Fellow because I feel that teaching really matters. I think it’s extremely important, that as a teacher, you should not appear too arrogant, no matter how much you think you know. There is a balance between being patronising and having unrealistically high expectations of your students. You should always try to find the middle ground while, at the same time, being enthusiastic and if possible innovative.”

Sir Martyn Poliakoff, research professor of chemistry, the University of Nottingham