Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

UKPSF Recognition

AdvanceHE (formerly the Higher Education Academy - HEA) awards four different categories of Fellowship: Associate Fellowship (AFHEA), Fellowship (FHEA), Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) and Principal Fellowship (PFHEA).

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.

The four categories of Fellowship are awarded on the basis of evidence of personal professional practice which meets the requirements of one of the four Descriptors of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The UKPSF has been developed as a standards framework for the higher education sector that sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours demonstrated by those teaching and/or supporting higher education learning.

  • Supports the initial and continuing professional development of staff engaged in teaching and supporting learning;

  • Fosters dynamic approaches to teaching and learning through creativity, innovation and continuous development in diverse   academic and/or professional settings;

  • Demonstrates to students and other stakeholders the professionalism that staff and institutions bring to teaching and support for student learning;

  • Acknowledges the variety and quality of teaching, learning and assessment practices that support and underpin student learning;

  • Facilitates individuals and institutions in gaining formal recognition for quality enhanced approaches to teaching and supporting learning, often as part of wider responsibilities that may include research and/or management activities.

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a successful and effective demonstration of one of the four UKPSF Descriptors. In deciding which category of Fellowship to apply for at this stage in your career, you will need to determine which of the four Descriptors of the UKPSF is most appropriate to your practice and professional experience:

Associate Fellow (AFHEA)

If you are able to provide evidence of effectiveness in relation to your professional role which will typically include at least some teaching and/or learning support responsibilities, by applying for Associate Fellowship you will present an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning support methods and student learning.

Fellow (FHEA)

If you are able to provide evidence of broadly based effectiveness in more substantive teaching and supporting learning roles and can demonstrate a broad understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support as a key contribution to high quality student learning.

Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

If you can demonstrate a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning. You may be an experienced member of staff able to demonstrate impact and influence on other colleagues through, for example, responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes, subjects and/or disciplinary areas.

Principal Fellow (PFHEA)

If you can demonstrate a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and development and you are highly experienced with wide-ranging strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning.

The descriptors do not indicate a hierarchy, they are simply categories of Fellowship that reflect the multiple roles and experiences achieved by those teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

For information on Workshops for specific Fellowship categories, see below. 

For further information please contact:

Lyndsey Muir.

[email protected] Scheme Lead.

[email protected].

01443 654850.

 


Deadlines and Panels

We run three rounds of deadlines and panels every calendar year in February, June and October. 

Summer Panel 2022

Deadline                              13/06/2022   23.59

Panel dates                         28 & 29/06/2022

Results                                 29/07/2022

Autumn Panel 2022

Deadline                              10/10/2022   23.59

Panel dates                         10 & 11/11/2022

Results                                 09/12/2022

Spring Panel 2023

Deadline                              06/02/2023   23.59

Panel dates                         01 & 02/03/2023

Results                                 07/04/2023

Summer Panel 2023

Deadline                              12/06/2023   23.59

Panel dates                         28 & 29/06/2023

Results                                 29/07/2023

Please note: 

Applications are submitted via Blackboard and you will need to be given access to the relevant organisation before you are able to submit. If you have not attended a workshop and still wish to submit, please email [email protected] to request access.


Workshops

USW staff must book on sessions via MyInformation. Click on the title of the workshop you would like to attend below, and it will take you to the MyInformation login screen.

When you click through to My Information you will be asked for your username and password.

Partner college staff, RWCMD staff & SU staff – please register by emailing [email protected]

Registration will close three working days before the session. Delegates who have successfully registered will then be sent a pre-course activity and will be given access to the online environment.  

Introduction to Fellowship.

Have you been teaching / supporting learning at USW for more than a year? Would you like to get external recognition from AdvanceHE for what you do? USW runs a scheme to help you apply for recognition against the UKPSF.

This very portable recognition will enable you to put the relevant post nominals after your name and take your award with you to other HEIs. If you are interested come to this interactive 1 hour workshop to find out more and see which category of fellowship would best suit your current role.

UKPSF mapping: A5, K5+6, V1-4.

Relevance theme: Experienced staff.

Workshop dates:

29.07.2022    10:00-11:00

24.08.2022    15:00-16:00

30.09.2022    10:00-11:00    

26.10.2022    15:00-16:00   

25.11.2022    10:00-11:00

 

Top tips for writing your AFHEA claim.

This focussed one-hour online session discusses the way AFHEA claims are assessed and offers key points to keep in mind while writing your claim. The workshop builds on, and thus does not repeat, broader discussions about the UKPSF and the application process set out in the Introduction to Fellowship workshops.

It is advised that people attend this workshop at least one month before their proposed submission deadline.

UKPSF mapping: D1.

Relevance theme: Experienced staff.

Dates:


Top tips for writing your FHEA claim.

This focussed one-hour online session discusses the way FHEA claims are assessed and offers key points to keep in mind while writing your claim. The workshop builds on, and thus does not repeat, broader discussions about the UKPSF and the application process set out in the Introduction to Fellowship workshops.

It is advised that people attend this workshop at least one month before their proposed submission deadline.

UKPSF mapping: D1, D2.

Relevance theme: Experienced staff.

Dates:


 

7 Working day AF/FHEA writing intensive:

The intensive writing ​series provides a space, each day over 7 working days, to introduce to the UKPSF and the [email protected] scheme and then ​introduce the core elements of the requirements of making AFHEA or FHEA claims. While each contact session is one-hour, you are strongly encouraged to set aside time each day to draft the connected elements of your claim. Specifically, we will explore:

·     Education theory, professional values ​and what is important to you as an educator;

·     Designing and planning ​inclusive HE learning activities;

·     Developing effective​, inclusive and level appropriate learning environments, ​resources and sessions; 

·      ​inclusive Assess​ment and feedback ​for ​learning; and

·      the ways you keep up to date in your discipline and teaching practice and use these to keep enhancing your learners' experiences.

​Writing a little every day will mean that, at the end of 7 working days, you will be in a position to write the first draft of your application. 

Once you have registered for the course, we will send you a link to an excellent AdvanceHE ​self-assessment tool which will help you decide the category of Fellowship ​that is most relevant to you.  ​You will be asked to share the outcome with the team before the start date.  

For further information please contact [email protected]

UKPSF mapping: D1, D2.

Relevance theme: Experienced staff.

Dates:

14.07.2022-2207.2022    13:00-14:00 each day.

25.08.2022-02.09.2022   10:00-11:00 each day.

19.01.2023-27.01.2023    13:00-14:00 each day.

27.04.2023-05.05.2023   11:00-12:00 each day.


7-week AF/FHEA writing intensive:

The intensive writing series provides a space, each week over seven weeks, to introduce to the UKPSF and the [email protected] scheme and then introduce the core elements of the requirements of making AFHEA or FHEA claims. While each contact session is one-hour, you are strongly encouraged to set aside the second hour for each session to draft the connected elements of your claim. Specifically, we will explore:

·     Education theory, professional values and what is important to you as an educator;

·     Designing and planning inclusive HE learning activities;

·     Developing effective, inclusive and level appropriate learning environments, resources and sessions; 

·     Inclusive Assessment and feedback for learning; and

·     The ways you keep up to date in your discipline and teaching practice and use these to keep enhancing your learners' experiences.

Writing a little every week will mean that, at the end of the seven weeks, you will be in a position to write the first draft of your application. 

Once you have registered for the course, we will send you a link to an excellent AdvanceHE self-assessment tool which will help you decide the category of Fellowship that is most relevant to you.  You will be asked to share the outcome with the team before the start date.  

For further information please contact [email protected]

UKPSF mapping: D1, D2.

Relevance theme: Experienced staff.

Dates:

07.11.2022-12.12.2022    15:00-16:00 each day.

14.02.2023-28.03.2023   11:00-12:00 each day.

18.05.2023-22.06.2023   12:00-13:00 each day.


Top tips for writing your SFHEA claim.

This 1.5 hour online session discusses the key elements that make Descriptor 3 (SFHEA) of the UKPSF distinct. Participants will have the opportunity to consider their readiness to make an SFHEA, the literature they will use to frame it and the evidence they will draw on to substantiate their claim. The session will then explain how SFHEA claims are assessed and offer key points to keep in mind while writing a claim.

The workshop builds on, and thus does not repeat, broader discussions about the UKPSF and the application process set out in the Introduction to Fellowship workshops. It is advised that people attend this workshop at least six weeks before their proposed submission deadline.

UKPSF mapping: D3.

Relevance theme: Experienced staff.

Dates:



Making a claim for Principal Fellowship of the HEA:now or in the future?

This is an introductory on-line 1.5-hour workshop for colleagues who are interested in developing a claim for Principal Fellowship of the HEA.

This workshop will explore the ins and outs of claim-making for this category and help you think about the evidence of impact and case you will need to build for your claim to be successful.

UKPSF mapping: D4

Relevance theme: Experienced staff.

Dates:

02.03.2022 1500 – 1630

13.03.2022 - 13.30

14.06.2022 1030 – 1230


 

Becoming a [email protected] Mentor - Part 1.

Calling all holders of HEA recognition in any category!

[email protected], USW’s UKPSF Recognition scheme uses mentors to help claimants write a good claim.

Mentoring is an empowering activity and a good way, if you are already an SFHEA to evidence your Remaining in Good Standing at D3.

This 1-hour on-line workshop is for colleagues who have been nominated by their Faculty / Professional Service/ Partner College to be a [email protected] Mentor, and for those who would like to be a mentor in the future.

The highly interactive workshop will explore approaches to mentoring that will enable mentees to maximise the potential of their claims for recognition against the UKPSF.

UKPSF mapping: D3

Relevance theme: RIGs, Experienced staff.

Dates:


Becoming a [email protected] Mentor - Part 2Developing in your [email protected] Mentor Role

If you have already attended the pre-requisite session ‘Becoming a [email protected] Mentor – Part 1’ you will need to complete this part 2.

This 1-hour on-line workshop  will i) refresh your UKPSF knowledge; ii) cover theories and approaches to mentoring; iii) cover ‘top tips’ for successful applications and iv) give you the opportunity to review a sample claim extract and engage in peer discussion; on effective ways to offer feedback and facilitate supportive, developmental conversations about it. 

UKPSF mapping: D3

Relevance theme: RIGs, Experienced staff.

15.07.22  2.30-3.30pm


Becoming a [email protected] Assessor.

Calling all holders of HEA recognition in any category!

[email protected], USW’s UKPSF Recognition scheme has been accredited by AdvanceHE to run its own assessment across UKPSF Categories D1(AFHEA), D2(FHEA) and D3(SFHEA).

Being an assessor is a fascinating role as you get to learn about teaching / learning support practice across USW. Assessing is a good way to keep abreast of learning teaching and assessment developments to support your Remaining in Good Standing. This highly interactive 1-hour on-line workshop is for colleagues who hold a category of fellowship and would like to find out more about becoming an assessor.

UKPSF mapping: D1, D2, D3

Relevance theme: RIGs, Experienced staff.

Dates:



Helen Bowen

Role: Registry Assistant, Academic Registry.
Fellowship category: Associate Fellow.

“I feel proud to be a part of the Higher Education Academy family. By having the recognition of Associate Fellow reminds me of how I have supported students in the past, but that this has also motivated me to think of innovate methods of supporting students going forward through administrative services.”


Lloyd Williams

Role: Employability Development Manager, Learning Services.
Fellowship category: Fellow.

 “The Fellowship reflective process allowed me to consider the ways learning and teaching has been pivotal to my role as a careers practitioner, manager and employability developer. The confidence I took from this in terms of networking with academics has built significant momentum in embedding employability within the curriculum at USW. Many of the USW employability development team have now followed in my footsteps to further enhance their own confidence and professional credibility.”


Carl Sykes

Role: Senior Learning Technologist, CELT.
Fellowship category: Senior Fellow.

 “As a recent successful Senior Fellow of the HEA, it feels good to have achieved recognition among a committed academic community built upon the shared goal of enhancing and developing teaching & learning. On a personal level, I feel that this recognition will help to enhance my future development and career progression in Higher Education.”


Professor Karen Fitzgibbon

Role: Head of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience, Faculty of Business and Society.
Fellowship category: Principal Fellow.

 “Working with colleagues to highlight the significance of HEA recognition has enabled me to share in the practice of many inspiring people. It has been a privilege to engage in rich conversations about academic practice in higher education and to ensure that our policies reflect the disciplinary context within which we deliver our student experiences.”


Celia Jackson

Role: Senior Lecturer (Photography), Faculty of Creative Industries.
TSL role: [email protected] Mentor.

Fellowship category: Senior Fellow.

“I have been privileged to work with some fabulous mentors over the years, who have invested so much of their time and expertise in helping me build my career. It’s an absolute delight to be a mentor myself now, and to help staff to reflect, evaluate and reveal their strengths as they prepare a claim. Also, it’s a two-way street: I learn a great deal from my mentees, and make valuable new cross-disciplinary connections as well!”


Mark Davies

Role: Academic Manager: Innovation and Technology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.
TSL role: TSL Assessor.
Fellowship category: Senior Fellow.

““HEA Fellowship offers a framework through which busy staff can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the development of exemplary learning and teaching. As a [email protected] assessor, I have had the opportunity to hear about some fantastic pedagogical practice here at USW; the Fellowship scheme allows this to be acknowledged, rewarded, and shared with other colleagues – ultimately resulting in an enhanced student experience.”


If you teach on a USW Higher Education course you are eligible and welcome to make an application for professional recognition through [email protected]

The main requirements are that you are teaching/supporting USW Higher Education learners and that the range and extent of your contribution to learning and teaching is sufficient to meet the descriptors for your chosen fellowship category.


Contact: [email protected]