Fellowship of the HEA is a valued professional standard in Higher Education that demonstrates the quality of your teaching. Recognition by the HEA demonstrates your commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development. It is increasingly sought by employers across the higher education sector and is recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions.
USW is accredited by the HEA to support, develop and assess claims for fellowship by its staff. From September 2017 our framework for doing this is being updated. Information about the new framework and support available is outlined below.
We have submitted our documentation to the HEA to continue awarding Fellowships aligned with the UKPSF through an internal USW Scheme. We have some small adjustments to finalise before accreditation is confirmed, but would like to start sharing our plans for the new scheme starting Autumn 2017. Here are some key elements of our proposed new scheme.
A new name:
What we are wanting to keep:
Things we are doing to strengthen the parity between the two pathways:
What is new:
When this is happening:
If you would like to help as a Welsh or English speaking mentor in our mentor pool or as a Panel Assessor, then please read the Mentor outline below.
You may hear this programme of recognition by the HEA referred to in many ways and it can get pretty confusing so here’s a quick primer.
HEA – Higher Education Academy.
A British professional institution promoting excellence in higher education. Visit the HEA website.
TSL@USW – Teaching and Supporting Learning at USW framework.
USW is accredited by the HEA to support, develop and assess claims for fellowship by its staff. From September 2017 our framework for doing this is called TSL@USW and is managed by the CELT team.
USW CPD Framework.
USW is accredited by the HEA to support, develop and assess claims for fellowship by its staff. Prior to 2017 our accredited programme was called the USW Continuing Professional Development programme for Teaching and Supporting Learning. From September 2017 this will be replaced by the TSL@USW programme (see above).
UKPSF – UK Professional Standards Framework.
The nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking HE teaching and learning support owned by the HEA. It sets out four role descriptors for the categories of fellowship available along with the areas of evidence that must be provided (knowledge, values and activities). Your claim to be recognised as a fellow of the HEA is based on your evidence that you meet the standards set by this framework through your practice, knowledge, beliefs, and continuing professional development related to teaching and learning.
Claim for recognition
When you submit your application for fellowship (whether written or oral) you are claiming that you should be recognised by the HEA as meeting the benchmarks set down in the UKPSF. The HEA recognise your claim by granting you fellowship of the Academy.
Fellowship – recognised members of the HEA.
When you are successful in your claim for recognition by the HEA you become a fellow of the academy. There are four categories of fellowship to reflect the different contributions, roles, and career paths within higher education: Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow. The benchmarks for each of these categories are outlined as Descriptors 1-4 in the UKPSF documentation.
Descriptors (D1, D2, D3, D4) – descriptors of the requirements for each category of fellowship.
(See fellowship, above).
If you are interested in applying to be a Mentor, please discuss this with your Line Manager and complete this short questionnaire.
One of the CELT team will then contact you to discuss your questionnaire responses and should you be successful, you will be invited to attend preparation sessions during the autumn.
Should you have any further queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org