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Centre for Higher Education Practice

Criteria for Fellowship of the HEA

Fellowship of the HEA is awarded to teaching and learning professionals who can demonstrate they meet Descriptor 2 criteria of The UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

(View criteria for HEA  Senior Fellow, Principal Fellow)

Staff wishing to attain HEA Fellowship, may do so via the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice or Professional Recognition of Educator Practice (PREP)  routes.

Descriptor 2: Fellow of the HEA

UKPSF Description

Typical roles

Example activities  (PGCAP)

Demonstrates a broad understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as key contributions to high quality student learning. Individuals should be able to provide evidence of:

I.Successful engagement across all five Areas of Activity

II.Appropriate knowledge and understanding across all aspects of Core Knowledge

III. A commitment to all the Professional Values

IV. Successful engagement in appropriate teaching practices related to the Areas of Activity

V. Successful incorporation of subject and pedagogic research and/ or scholarship within the above activities, as part of an integrated approach to academic practice

VI. Successful engagement in continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning, assessment and, where appropriate, related professional practices


Individuals able to provide evidence of broadly based effectiveness in more substantive teaching and supporting learning role(s). Such individuals are likely to be established members of one or more academic and/or academic-related teams.

a.Early career academics

b. Academic-related and/or support staff holding substantive teaching and learning responsibilities 

c. Experienced academics relatively new to UK higher education 

d. Staff with (sometimes significant) teaching-only responsibilities including, for example, within work-based settings





Identifying the learning needs of students and writing appropriate learning outcomes

Ensuring alignment between the content, learning and teaching methods and materials, and the learning outcomes

Selecting and developing appropriate teaching methods and materials for a variety of scenarios (ranging from small group tutorials to large lectures)

Selecting and utilizing appropriate technologies to support and enhance approaches to learning, teaching and assessment

Selecting and utilizing relevant assessment instruments and criteria for both formative and summative assessment

Providing critical and constructive feedback and guidance to learners

Supervising students work in learning, teaching and/or research activities 

Using reflection to develop personal teaching, e.g. modifying practice in response to student and peer review/feedback, analysis of the effectiveness of teaching design & delivery

Participating in teaching-related observations and mentoring activities to improve professional practice

Engaging with formal internal quality assurance processes mediated by an external examiner.

Engaging in training and development opportunities to further develop their educator skills



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