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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). Higher Education Academy (HEA) is now part of Advance HE, although the official terminology still uses ‘Fellowship of the HEA’.
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 (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA).
The UKPSF provides a developmental model through four categories (Descriptors 1 - 4), reflecting those individuals 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:
Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a successful and effective demonstration of the relevant UKPSF Descriptor.
If you are new to teaching or supporting student learning and want to formalise your experience and to progress, a HEA Associate Fellowship will add value to your professional teaching experience.
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.
Share your results with the PSF Pathway Coordinator
You will be allocated a mentor as well as access to our Moodle Site where you can download a copy of the application template and handbook.
Complete your template and submit it by the deadlines of either the last working day in June or January.
You will be notified of the outcome within 12 weeks of submission.
If you are a Brookes member of staff, there should not be any charge for support and your application through our CPD route here. If you submit a direct application to Advance HE, you may be liable for a fee. If you are a member of staff with one of our collaborative partners, please see details below.
The Accredited Programme Route
Brookes delivers accredited programmes where HEA Fellowship can be gained by at the same time as your teacher education.
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE)
The PCTHE is the taught programme which awards colleagues both academic credit and (Associate) Fellowship of the HEA. It is mostly taken by new lecturers, associate lecturers, PhD students, and learning support staff such as librarians and learning technologists.
20 credit module, Learning, and Teaching in HE (LTHE), also called the Associate Teachers course, leads to Associate Fellowship of the HEA, and is a pre/co-requisite for:
40 credit module, Inquiry and Reflection in HE (IRHE), also known as ‘the full PCTHE’, leads to Fellowship of the HEA.