Your institution's journey to accreditation is a 3 step process:
- Step 1 - Application form completion
- Step 2 - Panel review of your application
- Step 3 - Accreditation confirmation
Important things to know about your submission
- Application for Accreditation is made via a documentary submission within a structured form revised annually.
- Your completed form must be endorsed by your institutional signatory and be accompanied by the full participant facing guidance for all programmes presented.
- Once your submission has been received it will be checked to ensure that all documentation is complete and an acknowledgement will be sent to you.
- Accreditation commences on either 1 September, 1 February or 1 May and runs for a period of four years.
The following deadlines apply:
|Accreditation submission deadline||Earliest programme start date|
|31 March 2020||1 September 2020|
|30 September 2020||1 January 2021|
|31 October 2020||1 February 2021|
|31 January 2021||1 May 2021|
|31 March 2021||1 September 2021|
|30 September 2021||1 January 2022|
Accreditation submission guidance notes
You will need to refer closely to two documents as you complete the submission template and embed the requirements for accreditation within the participant-facing guidance for each programme:
Please refer to the accreditation policy 2019-20 for the terms and requirements related to accreditation.
Submitting the completed accreditation submission template
When completed the submission template and appendices should be emailed to the accreditation team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The submission will be checked to ensure that all documentation is complete and an acknowledgement will be sent to the institution.
Panel review of your accreditation applications
Our accreditation panel consists of three independent accreditors, who are either Senior or Principal Fellows, chaired by a member of Advance HE staff. Accreditors undertake both initial training and continuing professional development with Advance HE in relation to Fellowships and are required to demonstrate they remain in good standing.
Panel decision and recommendations
Our accreditation panel will review your application against four accreditation criteria that will lead to one of three decisions being made for each programme presented:
Accreditation can be awarded with no further action. Feedback may include recommendations for future development and identification of good practice.
Accredit subject to conditions
The programme can be accredited subject to some minor clarifications and/or enhancements. Within the feedback, areas of good practice will be identified and an accreditation action plan will be provided. Your institution will then need to provide evidence that the conditions within the action plan have been met before accreditation is awarded.
Returned for further development
Where it is judged that major development is required to meet the accreditation criteria, the programme (or programmes) will be returned to your institution with explanatory guidance. A new submission will be reviewed by a new accreditation panel.
How long your Accreditation will remain valid
Once awarded, your accreditation will be in place for a four-year period.
On commencement of accreditation we require an Annual CPD Review for all non-credit bearing programmes. We will provide a template for this report, which contains data personal to your institution. This personalised template will be sent to you during May each year.