The PSF review is sector-led, draws on a strong evidence base and features a broad consultative process. A new sector-led Steering Group oversees the review, which is being carried out by a Project Team of colleagues from across the sector, with Advance HE facilitating this work. Respecting both the global nature of higher education and the range of contexts within which the PSF is now recognised, the Steering Group and the Project Team have proportional international representation.
The project seeks to retain the strengths of the current framework, and in consultation with the sector, propose amendments which will build on its positive impact on learning, teaching and the student experience".
Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Advance HE Director of Membership and Accreditation
Whilst the PSF Review is underway we want to reassure colleagues that there will be no impact for those on their Fellowship journey, whether that be via an accredited programme or those who are writing a direct Fellowship application.
When the revised PSF is launched in January 2023 there will be a two-year transition period so colleagues in Advance HE’s accreditation team can work with institutions to support this transition.
The online consultation on the draft revised PSF closed on 17 July. Thank you to everyone who took part in this phase of the consultation, and previous consultation sessions. Further updates will be communicated as the review progresses.
PSF Review Timeline
Extensive stakeholder consultation has always been a core characteristic of the PSF Review. For Advance HE, the Steering Group and the Project Team, ensuring the review process is fully inclusive is a primary objective.
As the consultation has progressed it has become evident that a further phase of consultation and engagement would be beneficial before the launch of the revised PSF. The review timeline has been adjusted with this taking place in October – November, and the revised PSF now launching in January 2023.
It is recognised that this slight delay to the publication of the revised PSF, from November 2022 to January 2023, may not be seen as ideal but it is felt essential to ensure that the revised PSF continues to have far-reaching, positive impact on learning and teaching practices.
Progressing the PSF Review - blog
In the following blog, the Project Team conducting the review of the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF) provide an update on progress ahead of the launch of an online consultation on the draft revised PSF in mid-June.
Why is the PSF being reviewed?
It is now over 10 years since the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF, 2011) was last updated. During that time the learning and teaching landscape within HE has changed considerably and a review will ensure the framework continues to be relevant to higher education now and in the future. The sector-led review seeks to retain the strengths of the current framework, and in consultation with the global sector, to propose any updates to build on its positive impact on learning, teaching and the student experience.
Who is leading the process?
Advance HE is facilitating the review and a sector-led Steering Group has been established to provide oversight to the review project. This Steering Group reports to Advance HE's Peer Review Quality Committee and the Advance HE Board. the review will be carried out by a Project Group of colleagues from across the sector.
Will this affect my Fellowship application/journey?
Whilst the PSF Review is underway we want to reassure you that there will be no impact on your Fellowship journey, whether that be via your institution’s accredited scheme or whether you are in the process of writing a direct Fellowship application.
The timeline of the project aims to launch a revised PSF in January 2023. We understand that any period of change might be unsettling for anyone in the process of applying for Fellowship and we can reassure you that we will be communicating about a suitable transition period for any changes to be introduced and we will ensure that you are kept informed and are suitably supported.
What impact will this have on our Advance HE accredited provision?
We understand that our accredited member institutions will be considering the impact that any revision to the framework will have on their accredited provision. Following the launch of the revised PSF in January 2023, a transition period of two years will be in place to support institutions to make any changes in a structured, planned way and at a pace to suit them. Advance HE will work with its member institutions to develop appropriate support and plans for existing accredited schemes and for those organisations in the process of seeking accreditation. We will provide more information around this as the review progresses but please do contact our accreditation team if you have any specific queries at this stage.
Will this affect my Fellowship status?
No – existing your Fellowship status will not be affected by the revised PSF.
How can I give my view/opinions?
We will be using the existing evidence base and data sets, as well as undertaking some initial sector consultation to create a draft revised PSF. We are planning to undertake a sector-wide consultation on this in June 2022.
What is happening and when?
Please see this indicative timeline for the PSF Review. The project aims to launch the revised PSF in January 2023.