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Centre for Higher Education Practice

Criteria for Associate Fellow of the HEA

Applicants for Associate Fellowship of the HEA must demonstrate that they meet Descriptor 1 of The UK Professional Standards Framework.

(View criteria for HEA Fellow, Senior Fellow, Principal Fellow)

Descriptor 1

UK PSF Description            Typical Role Example Activities                              

Demonstrates an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning support methods and student learning. Individuals should be able to provide evidence of:

I. Successful engagement with at least two of the five Areas of Activity

II. Successful engagement in appropriate teaching and practices related to these Areas of Activity

III. Appropriate Core Knowledge and understanding of at least K1 and K2

IV. A commitment to appropriate Professional Values in facilitating others’ learning

V. Relevant professional practices, subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities

VI. Successful engagement, where appropriate, in professional development activity related to teaching, learning and assessment responsibilities


Teaching and/or learning support and /or mentoring responsibilities. These activities may be undertaken with the assistance of more experienced teachers or mentors.

a. Early career researchers with some teaching responsibilities (e.g. PhD students, GTAs, contract researchers/postdoctoral students etc.)

b. Staff new to teaching (including those with part-time academic responsibilities)

c. Staff who support academic provision (e.g. learning technologists, learning developers and learning resource/library staff)

d. Staff who undertake demonstrator/ technician roles that incorporate some teaching-related responsibilities

e. Experienced staff in relevant professional areas who may be new to teaching and/or supporting learning, or who have a limited teaching portfolio


Teaching and /or mentoring responsibilities as a team member within an established programme

Assessment and related activities, including providing feedback

Providing constructive feedback (formative and summative) to students in teaching / facilitation roles

Contributing to skills development of learners/students, e.g. introducing the use of techniques and/or equipment

Contributing to the development of learners professional practice e.g. in relation to professional codes of conduct

Developing learning and teaching materials, resources, methods and approaches

Using a range of technologies to support the learning of others and one’s own professional development in relation to teaching

 Evaluation of sessions or activities



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