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International PF Writing Retreat

County / Region
Position on the Pathway
Preparing for senior leadership
Fellowship Category
Principal Fellow
Event Type
Virtual Writing Retreats
Fellowship / UKPSF
Start Date
End Date
3 hours
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Following the successful move to online delivery of our UK based Principal Fellowship writing retreats, Advance HE has created a new and inclusive model of delivery for our global members.

The virtual Principal Fellow Writing Retreat is an invaluable opportunity to have the time and space to progress your application to become a Principal Fellow, receiving expert analysis and feedback in the process. Delivered flexibly to enable participation from international members, the retreat offers you the chance to transform your rough notes and thoughts into an application that matches Advance HE’s strict criteria for Principal Fellowship.

Principal Fellowship recognises your substantial strategic responsibilities in teaching and influence within the higher education sector, showing that you have met the external verification and accreditation process.

Learning Outcomes

    The International Principal Fellow Writing Retreat enables you to engage in some critical reflection about your professional practice and strategic leadership in higher education. It will provide you with an opportunity to discuss experiences with others in the process of completing their own Principal Fellowship applications.

    “The Principal Fellow Writing Retreat is a golden opportunity to focus on your own endeavours and the impact you have made on the student learning process, not to mention your colleagues and institution,” says Professor Sally Bradley, the  Senior Adviser (Professional Learning and Development) at Advance HE. “We spend so much time supporting others, but rarely stop and reflect on our own achievements. This retreat gives you the chance to do that.”

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    Content outline

    The format for our pilot international PFHEA workshop will be as follows:

    The “Workshop” is made up of 3 parts. 

    1. Participation in a 3-hour Zoom event, with comfort/screen breaks:

      • Brief introductions
      • Principal Fellowship and the Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning
      • Explanation of Principal Fellowship process and expectations
      • Review of a Principal Fellowship application with discussion – the link to the application will be sent out one week before the event.  (The application can only be viewed online and the link must not be shared.)
    2. 30-minute one-to-one discussion via Zoom at a mutually convenient time, usually between 7:00 and 9:00 am (UK time) within ~2 weeks of the Zoom event.
    3. Plus one review of a good draft, within 6 months of the Zoom event. 

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who is a strategic leader in learning and teaching with institutional responsibilities looking to attain Principal Fellowship.

    Who is delivering the programme?

    Professor Sally Bradley, Senior Adviser (Professional Learning and Development), Advance HE

    Sally has worked for Advance HE, formally the Higher Education Academy, for the last 7 years, initially as Academic Lead for HEA Fellowships and UKPSF. She has worked with more than 300 strategic leaders of learning and teaching on their professional development and the development of their Principal Fellowship applications.

    She is an experienced academic with 22 years of UK higher education and is an Institute of Leadership and Management qualified Executive Coach.  She holds an Honorary Professoriate from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University, where she worked for 15 years, and as a pedagogic researcher she was returned in the Sheffield Hallam University Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.

    Sally is a Principal Fellow of the HEA, Senior Fellow of SEDA and Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. She holds a PhD from Lancaster University in Educational Research, an MSc in Strategic Information Systems Management from Sheffield Hallam University and a BSc (Hons) in Computing and Systems from the Open University.

    Find out more about Sally

    About Fellowship

    Fellowship is an international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education and demonstrates that your practice is aligned with the Professional Standards Framework (PSF).