We have a number of services available to support you if you are thinking of applying for one of our categories of Fellowship, from our category tool to help you find out which category is most closely aligned to your practice, to online courses and writing retreats designed to help you create an application that fully reflects your practice.
Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in higher education and provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning. We award four different categories of Fellowship: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship and Principal Fellowship.
These four categories reflect the wide range of professional practice carried out by individuals who teach and/or support learning in higher education; from those who have a partial role in teaching/supporting learning through to senior professionals with strategic impact on teaching and learning in an organisational, national and/or international setting.
After you have prepared your application by utilising either the Fellowship Application Builder or a Writing Retreat, you can find out more about how to apply for each category of Fellowship in our dedicated Fellowship section.
Fellowship Category Tool
Not sure which category to apply for? Our Fellowship Category Tool has been designed to help you to reflect on your practice.
After answering multiple-choice questions, which will take around 10-20 minutes, you will be sent a PDF report summarising your responses. The results will help you understand which category of Fellowship most closely reflects your current practice and to reflect on your ongoing professional development and career aspirations.
Fellowship Application Builder
Support for direct Fellowship applications
Advance HE is delighted to offer the Fellowship Application Builder: a six-week online, self-directed course designed to enable individuals to use their experience of their teaching and supporting learning practice in higher education to develop a direct application for Fellowship (Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF).
This fully online course has been developed to provide an accessible and convenient format for you, with a time commitment of 2-3 hours per week. It provides the support and guidance to develop your application for Fellowship (FHEA), to help you as you prepare for submission. Access to the course materials will also be available for a further two weeks to allow you some time to revisit any of the units and activities so that you can finalise your application ready for submission.
There are six units of study (over six consecutive weeks):
Each unit is self-directed to be undertaken at your own pace, with a synchronous one-hour session taking place between units 3 and 4, this session will be scheduled after enrolment to ensure a convenient time for all participants, including those from different time zones.
- Unit 1: Welcome to the course, Orientation and Introduction
- Unit 2: Working with the UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF)
- Unit 3: Writing for success
- Unit 4: Building your application
- Unit 5: Supporting Statement and essential components of the application
- Unit 6: Submitting your application
Please ensure you complete the Fellowship Category Tool before booking a place on the Fellowship Application Builder course to establish which category of Fellowship is the closest match to your current practice.
Fellowship Application Builder
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Writing Retreats offer the rare opportunity of space and time to think via one-to-one peer coaching and expert analysis to process your thoughts and craft your narrative for your Senior or Principal Fellowship submission.
The writing retreats enable you to engage in critical reflection about your professional practice, influence and strategic leadership in HE. They provide an opportunity to discuss your experiences with others also in the process of completing their applications, enabling you to consider your personal impact, your contribution to the student experience and the academic practice of others.
Senior Fellow Writing Retreats
Senior Fellow Writing Retreats are an online opportunity for anyone with a sustained record of effectiveness relating to teaching and learning, including leadership or organisation of specific aspects, and who is looking to attain Senior Fellowship (SFHEA).
Held over one day, the retreat offers you the chance to transform your notes and thoughts into an application that matches Advance HE’s criteria for Senior Fellowship, by providing the time and space to progress with your application, receiving expert analysis and feedback in the process.
Principal Fellow Writing Retreats
Principal Fellow Writing Retreats are online events designed for anyone who is a strategic leader in learning and teaching with institutional responsibilities looking to attain Principal Fellowship (PFHEA).
Our writing retreats create time and space to progress with your application to become a Principal Fellow, receiving expert analysis and feedback in the process. Held over one day, 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.
International Principal Fellow Writing Retreats
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.
Delivered flexibly to enable participation from international members, the International Principal Fellow Writing Retreat enables you to engage in 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 as well as recieving expert feedback and guidance.
Principal Fellow Record of Educational Impact Support Session (PFREI)
This support session is aimed at colleagues who are starting the process of completing their Principal Fellow direct application (Descriptor 4 of the UKPSF), and who need more guidance on the Record of Educational Impact (REI) element.
This would include individuals, as highly experienced academics, able to provide evidence of a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning, as part of a wider commitment to academic practice. This may be within their institution or wider (inter)national settings. Typically, those likely to be at Descriptor 4 (D4) include:
- Highly experienced and/or senior staff with wide-ranging academic or academic-related strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning
- Staff responsible for institutional strategic leadership and policymaking in the area of teaching and learning
- Staff who have strategic impact and influence in relation to teaching and learning that extends beyond their own institution.
Participants will be asked to complete a template on which to collate their strategic interventions, and will receive constructive feedback in a virtual one-to-one, one-hour session with an experienced Advance HE reviewer to help them progress their Principal Fellow applications.
Interested participants should book their place via the My Advance HE customer portal to receive a directed template to complete and will be contacted directly to arrange a convenient time for a virtual one-to-one session with the reviewer. Member session price £270, Non-member session price £360.
Fellowship Consultancy Support
In addition to Advance HE's number of services which help promote Fellowship and support your staff through their applications, we also offer tailored in-house writing retreats that are delivered to align with your specific category and one-day fellowship workshops that aim to prepare a group of staff to make applications for Fellowship at a specific category.