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Enhancing the quality and status of teaching for individuals across the globe

Creating opportunities for your development

Advance HE supports individual professional development to raise the quality and status of your teaching, allowing staff to keep up to date with the best practice in learning and teaching.

With you can enhance your own teaching practice and gain international recognition as a high quality teaching professional by:

  • Becoming a Fellow, an internationally recognised badge of professional success;
  • Access to a global teaching and learning community and networks;
  • Completion of training courses run by Advance HE will develop your strategic thinking and leadership.

You will find Fellows around the world:

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Lorena Ajuria, (FHEA)

University of South Australia
Read Lorena's blog

The four categories of Fellowship

There are four categories of Fellowship, these are:

Associate Fellow (AFHEA)

If you are able to provide evidence of effectiveness in relation to your professional role which will typically include at least some teaching and/or learning support responsibilities, by applying for Associate Fellowship you will present an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning support methods and student learning.
Associate Fellow

Fellow (FHEA)

If you are able to provide evidence of broadly based effectiveness in more substantive teaching and supporting learning roles and can demonstrate a broad understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support as a key contribution to high quality student learning.

Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

If you can demonstrate a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning. You may be an experienced member of staff able to demonstrate impact and influence on other colleagues through, for example, responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes, subjects and/or disciplinary areas.
Senior Fellow

Principal Fellow (PFHEA)

If you can demonstrate a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and development and you are highly experienced with wide-ranging strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning.
Principal Fellow

Professional Development and Training Programmes

Advance HE professional development and training programmes can be tailored to reflect a particular discipline or challenging area. They are linked to the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) and support those aiming for the global recognition of Fellowship.


A professional development programme that provides staff with a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of teaching and learning in higher education. It is designed to support staff who are experts in their subject area, but who may have limited formal training in teaching and learning. The certificate is linked to the PSF, meaning that those completing the programme will be well placed to apply for Fellowship.
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Plus choose from Advance HE programmes and events around the following areas:

Online training courses

Anticipating the time pressures of working life, participants are now able to engage with Advance HE training remotely through the new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), providing access to tutors and course materials online. Courses focus on key issues such as transforming assessment and feedback, and leading through change. They offer the benefit of networking with an international cohort of colleagues, whilst providing a cost effective way of improving teaching skills.

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Fellowship Workshops

Advance HE offers workshops to help you apply for Fellowship, by reflecting on your practice and development needs, as well as sharing good practice. The workshops can be delivered face-to-face, virtually or via a blended approach, to suit requirements.

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Enhancing Student Success Workshops

These workshops, provide the opportunity for you  to engage in one of the Advance HE frameworks that underpin student success, understanding its rationale and content, and how to apply it in practice. Each framework provides a reference point for your institution to review and enhance policies and practice across a range of disciplines, modes of study and international contexts:

  • Transforming Assessment and Feedback
  • Embedding Employability
  • Student Access, Retention, Attainment and Progression
  • Student Engagement through Partnership
  • Internationalising Higher Education
  • Flexible Leaning in Higher Education.
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Teaching Skills Masterclasses

Designed to address your needs. For example:

  • getting started in your first teaching role
  • preparing to lead learning and teaching
  • innovative pedagogies in particular disciplines
  • curriculum design
  • encouraging active learning
  • enhancing learning through technology.
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Enquire about our global solutions

If you are interested in our solutions complete the form below and our Global Solutions brochure will be sent to you. One of the team will be in touch shortly to discuss your needs. 

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