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Senior and Principal Fellowship Support Programmes

UK and Ireland and Asia-Pacific virtual cohorts Specialist virtual programmes to support individuals as part of a cohort to achieve either Senior or Principal Fellowship

Advance HE fellowship demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and provides recognition of practice, impact and leadership in teaching and supporting learning.

We have developed specialist virtual programmes to support individuals as part of a cohort to achieve either Senior or Principal Fellowship, with courses running at suitable times for those on the UTC timezone and those in Asia-Pacific timezones.

The programmes will provide guidance, dedicated writing sessions, review of a draft PSF 2023 application with one-to-one feedback, before direct submission to Advance HE. These programmes, led by an experienced PSF 2023 Consultant, will support individuals to develop an application for either Senior or Principal Fellowship in a structured way over 12 weeks, as part of a cohort, and will be of particular interest to those institutions that currently don’t have accredited provision for these categories.

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Benefits of the programme

  • Dedicated support from a Consultant with expert up-to-date knowledge of PSF 2023
  • A richness of experience through peer learning opportunities
  • Build a network of colleagues as part of a cohort from across the sector and internationally
  • Provides dedicated professional development time for operational and/or strategic leaders of teaching and the support of learning
  • An opportunity for individuals or teams to enhance their credibility to lead on educational strategy and culture.
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The Advance HE Principal Fellowship programme was very helpful during the draft stage of the PFHEA application process. It was inspiring to work alongside other senior leaders from across the sector. We had a good sense of community as we were all lifting each other up as we crafted and shared our case studies. Overall, my application is in a much stronger position than if I had approached this on my own!”

Participant on the Principal Fellowship Support Programme UK and Ireland

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Ongoing programmes


UK and Ireland Cohorts

Senior Fellowship Support Programme

Start Date: 26 September 2024
End Date: 12 December 2024
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Senior Fellowship Support Programme

Start Date: 30 January 2025
End Date: 17 April 2025
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Principal Fellowship Support Programme

Start Date: 24 September 2024
End Date: 10 December 2024
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Principal Fellowship Support Programme

Start Date: 28 January 2025
End Date: 15 April 2025
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Asia-Pacific Cohorts

Senior Fellowship Support Programme

Start Date: 3 October 2024
End Date: 19 December 2024
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Senior Fellowship Support Programme

Start Date: 5 June 2025
End Date: 28 August 2025
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Principal Fellowship Support Programme

Start Date: 1 October 2024
End Date: 17 December 2024
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Principal Fellowship Support Programme

Start Date: 3 June 2025
End Date: 26 August 2025
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Benefiting the institution

Building institutional capacity at Principal and/or Senior Fellowship has significant benefits to institutions. It can support an institutional approach to developing Fellowship and its strategic impact on student learning.

By developing capacity and capability through Fellowship, institutions report:

  • improved profile of teaching and support of learning across the institution
  • encouragement of collaboration across faculties and between institutions
  • increasing scholarship and research in teaching and learning
  • improved student retention, student experience data and student engagement scores.
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The benefits of Senior and Principal Fellowship

Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) offers you many benefits, including:

  • Consolidating your personal development and evidence of influencing other colleagues’ professional practice in your higher education career;
  • Demonstrating your commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;
  • Senior Fellowship is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion for management and leadership positions;
  • For individuals, to identify their expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters – SFHEA;
  • Recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions.
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Principal Fellowship brings you a range of benefits:

  • Consolidating your personal development and evidence of your strategic influence in your higher education career;
  • Demonstrating your commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;
  • Principal Fellowship is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a criterion of appointment and promotion for strategic management and leadership positions;
  • For individuals, to identify their expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters – PFHEA;
  • Recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions.
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How the programmes are delivered

This 12-week programme will be supported via Advance HE Connect, allowing for peer-networking, in addition to guidance from an experienced PSF 2023 Consultant.

The programme features five, live sessions delivered via Zoom:

  • 1 introductory session
  • 3 writing sessions
  • 1 final Q&A session

Plus - A review and feedback on one full draft application which includes a 1:2:1 session (a 45 minute call for Senior Fellowship Support Programme, 60 minute call for Principal Fellowship Support Programme).

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