Fellowships are embedded in the UK and have been adopted by increasing numbers of higher education institutions globally, from the Americas to Australasia.
Fellowship brings you a range of benefits:
- Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career;
- Provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly recognised by international institutions;
- Demonstrates commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;
- Fellowship is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion;
- For individuals, to identify their expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA);
- Provides assurance that your institution is fully aligned with UKPSF practice and a badge of assured quality.
As of November 2019 there are over 124,000 Fellows across the world.
Our Fellowship Category Tool has been designed to help you to reflect on your practice.
After you have answered a series of choice questions, which will take around 10-20 minutes, you will be shown your results and a PDF report summarising your responses will be sent to you. You will be able to use this to understand which category of Fellowship most closely reflects your current practice and to reflect on your ongoing professional development and career aspirations.
Recognition of your expertise
These four categories reflect the wide range of professional practice carried out by individuals who teach and/or support learning in higher education; from those who have a partial role in teaching/supporting learning through to senior professionals with strategic impact on teaching and learning in an organisational, national and/or international setting.
The four categories of Fellowship are awarded on the basis of evidence of personal professional practice which meets the requirements of one of the four Descriptors of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The UKPSF has been developed as a standards framework for the higher education sector that sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours demonstrated by those teaching and/or supporting higher education learning.
Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a successful and effective demonstration of one of the four UKPSF Descriptors. In deciding which category of Fellowship to apply for at this stage in your career, you will need to determine which of the four Descriptors of the UKPSF is most appropriate to your practice and professional experience:
The UKPSF is made up of four descriptors (UKPSF 2011, pages 4-7), which set out specific criteria, and three Dimensions:
- Areas of Activity which describes what a teaching and learning professional does;
- Core Knowledge outlines what they need to know;
- Professional Values outlines the manner in which they should carry out their activity.
Associate Fellow (AFHEA)
Senior Fellow (SFHEA)
Principal Fellow (PFHEA)
Applying for Fellowship
HEA Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a successful and effective demonstration of one of the four UKPSF Descriptors. There are two different routes to becoming an HEA Fellow:
Apply for Fellowship directly using experience and evidence of your career so far. You will need to apply online by creating a MyAcademy account. Full details and guidance about how to apply can be obtained by requesting an information pack.
Application fees 2018-19
Application fees vary depending on the route you take to Fellowship, with individuals from subscribing institutions benefiting from discounted fees.
|Accredited Provision (individual from a subscribing institution)||Accredited Provision (individual from a non-subscribing institution)||Direct application to the Advance HE (individual from a subscribing institution)||Direct application to the Advance HE (individual from a non-subscribing institution)|
|Associate Fellow||No cost||£100||£100||£200|
|Senior Fellow||No cost||£300||£300||£600|
|Principal Fellow||No cost||£500||£500||£1000|
Update to eligibility in the UK and Australasia
Following consultation in the UK and Australasian HE sectors in 2018, eligibility for Fellowship has been extended to include specific groups of higher education (HE) practitioners working in the UK and Australasia. Please refer to the Advance HE update on widening eligibility for further details.
Accreditation is the means through which institutions can have their commitment to teaching and learning recognised by aligning the development they provide for their staff against the Professional Standard for Teaching and Supporting Learning in HE (UKPSF). Once accredited, institutions can award Fellowships to their staff who meet the requirements of the UKPSF demonstrating to all stakeholders that the institutional and individual are committed to educational excellence.