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Fellowship numbers reach 130,000

11 May 2020 | Advance HE New milestone reflects the sector’s commitment to continuous professional development in teaching and learning

Advance HE is delighted to announce that there are now over 130,000 Fellows.

The 130,000th Fellow is Nicole Pollock, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at Canterbury Christ Church University, who achieved Senior Fellowship through an Advance HE accredited programme at the University.

Fellowship demonstrates a personal commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. Across four categories, from Associate to Principal, Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

Fellowship is aligned to the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), and Nicole’s Senior Fellowship recognises her impact and influence on other colleagues and a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning.

Nicole Pollock said, “I am absolutely delighted to have achieved Senior Fellowship. I hope that by highlighting that I am the 130,000 Fellow it will encourage even more people who teach or support teaching to become Fellows. It’s so important to reflect on how we go about teaching or leading teaching, and in particular how we can continuously improve. Our passion for teaching is great for our students, and it’s motivating and rewarding for ourselves as teachers too.”

Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Advance HE Director for Membership and Accreditation, said, “Many congratulations to Nicole and the many other individuals who have shown equal commitment and professionalism to achieve their Fellowships. By its very nature teaching is a dynamic process, and continuous improvement is vital in ensuring that students have a great learning experience and that staff remain motivated. I’m very proud of the way our Fellowship scheme has helped support the sector’s reward and recognition of great teaching. This milestone is a fantastic measure of that support.”

Fellowships are embedded in the UK and have been adopted by increasing numbers of higher education institutions globally, from the Americas to Australasia.


Fellowship can be achieved via an accredited programme or through individual applications. The Fellowship Category Tool helps individuals reflect on their current practice. Fellowship is aligned to the PSF, and is made up of four descriptors (UKPSF 2011), 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.


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