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Professional Recognition of Educator Practice (PREP)

The Professional Recognition of Educator Practice Framework (PREP) offers teaching and learning staff the opportunity to develop and evidence their educator practice, knowledge and professional values throughout their career and achieve recognition by the HEA at fellow, senior fellow or principal fellow level.

Who is PREP for?

PREP is a portfolio approach to recognition and is primarily intended for staff who are experienced educators and/or those who do not have the opportunity to complete the course-based programme for new lecturing staff (PGCAP). New staff with little or no teaching experience will be expected to complete the taught programme (PGCAP) wherever possible and engage in the PREP Framework to support their future career development.

The PREP Framework has been accredited by Advance HE (previously Higher Education Academy (HEA)) and can lead to recognition at Descriptors D1-D4 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Descriptor Recognition awarded
D1 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
D2 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
D3 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
D4 Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Advance HE has produced a Fellowship Category Tool to assist you in selecting the category of Fellowship that is the closest match to your current practice.

What are the benefits of HEA fellowship?

HEA fellowship provides recognition of the professional standing of your teaching practice and is recognised by the University, and across the HE sector, as a measure of your expertise and accomplishment. 

What is involved?

The recognition process requires submission of a portfolio of evidence, including:

How is achievement assessed?

Portfolios are assessed by the PREP Framework Review Board and those applying for D3 or D4 will be required to participate in a professional conversation about their portfolio with the Board.  There is no professional conversation for those applying for D1 or D2 - these applicants will receive a Feedback form once their applications have been considered by the Review Board.


References must be submitted with your portfolio.

What support will I receive?

As well as the initial briefing all staff following the PREP framework are supported by a mentor.  Mentors are experienced educators who hold at least the HEA Descriptor (1-4) for which you are applying, and can provide guidance on meeting the requirements.

How do I find out more?

To find out more about PREP, please take a look at the PREP handbook at the bottom of the page. In addition, introductory briefings for staff considering joining PREP are held at regular intervals throughout the year (see dates below).  To book your place at one of the briefings visit the University's online booking system 

Briefing Sessions

Briefing Session Dates Time Other information
 Mon 10 September 2018 1230 - 1400  For venue information, see Staffbook booking confirmation email
 Thurs 25 October 2018 1230 - 1400  This session has been cancelled.  Please accept our apologies
 Fri 7 December 2018 1230 - 1400  
 Weds 23 January 2019 1230 - 1400  
 Tues 5 March 2019 1230 - 1400  
 Mon 29 April 2019 1230 - 1400  
 Tues 2 July 2019 1230 - 1400  
 Thurs 12 Sept 2019 1230 - 1400  

Review Board Dates

D3 and D4 Review Board Dates
18 December 2018
1 February 2019
21 March 2019
15 May 2019
9 July 2019
D1 and D2 Review Board Dates

Boards will be arranged according to demand.

Some D1/D2 applications may be considered at a D3/D4 Board, if there is space.

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