PSF Pathway Programme

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  • What is a Fellowship?

    HEA Fellowships are a globally recognised commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. A Fellowship is awarded if you have met the appropriate standards in teaching and supporting learning in higher education, aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). 

    Benefit of applying

    Fellowship brings you a range of benefits:

    • Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career;

    • Demonstrates commitment to teaching, learning, and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;

    • Provides a valuable measure of success that is increasingly recognised by UK international institutions as an important indicator that your professional practice is fully aligned with UKPSF practice

    • Highly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion;

    • Identifies your expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters (SFHEA, PFHEA).

    Gain Recognition

    The PSF Pathway programme offers professional recognition for colleagues to achieve Senior and Principal Fellowship status. For those seeking Associate Fellow or Fellowship status, we have the EXPLORE@Brookes programme .

    Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a successful and effective demonstration of the relevant UKPSF Descriptor.

    • Descriptor 3 - Senior Fellow (SFHEA)
      If you have a sustained record of effectiveness in relation to higher education teaching and learning incorporating for example, the organisation, leadership and/or management of learning and teaching provision, HEA Senior Fellowship will provide recognition of and value to your professional practice.

    • Descriptor 4 - Principal Fellow (PFHEA)
      If you have a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development, and you are seeking recognition of your experience, becoming a Principal Fellow may be for you.

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    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) application writing retreat. More details and how to book here

    • Completed the Fellowship Category Tool to identify the best Fellowship descriptor aligned to your achievements in higher education professional practice. The tool consists of a set of statements that are aligned to the UKPSF and are asked about the range of activities you undertake. The process takes 10 to 20 minutes and provides an individually tailored report showing which category your practice is most closely aligned to.  The report will be sent to you via email.  

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    • For January applications, the deadline for expression of interest is the last Friday in October.

    • For June applications, the deadline for expression of interest is the last Friday in March

    • A mentor will be allocated to you. Access to our Moodle Site and a Google Folder will be provided to submit your completed claim.  

    • You will have up to 18 months to complete your claim. 

    • Completed claims need to be submitted by the deadlines of either the last working day in Jun or Jan.  
    • You will be notified of the outcome within 12 weeks of the submission deadline.
    If you are employed by one of our collaborative partners, please check whether your institution is a subscriber to Advance HE  as there is a possibility that HEA application fees may be required. If your institution is an Advance HE Teaching and Learning strand member, including Access Partner membership, you will be awarded HEA fellowship without an additional fee due. If the collaborative partner institution is not a member, an additional charge will be due (50% of the current direct application fee). Advance HE holds a full record of current subscribing institutions on their website and if you still have any queries about whether your institution is a subscriber, please contact
    • "There's seldom time to reflect deeply on our teaching practice - but this scheme offers an opportunity to do just that. I particularly enjoyed connecting with colleagues who teach in different faculties across the University, and found the application process flexible and straightforward. Particular thanks to OCSLD for efficient, timely and tailored support." Dr Katharine Craik
    • “The process was really worthwhile and I valued the opportunity to reflect on my work within the University and with sector bodies, and how this has been informed by my own skills and experience gained over 20 years in higher education. The conversations with my peer partner were particularly useful.” Professor Sean Wellington