The UKPSF provides professional recognition for staff across four ‘Descriptors’, according to the roles and contribution individuals make to Learning and Teaching:

Descriptor 1 (D1)    Associate Fellow of the HEA

Applicants for Associate Fellowship need to meet UKPSF Criteria for the award of AFHEA.  They should demonstrate 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.

 

Applicants for Associate Fellowship should have at least one year teaching/support experience, and should have taken part in some form of CPD related to learning and teaching. Typically these are staff who do some teaching/student support but not as the main element of their role, such as:

  • Career researchers with some teaching responsibilities.
  • Associate Lecturers.
  • Learning support, demonstrators or technicians with some teaching responsibilities.
  • Staff experienced in professional areas but with a limited teaching role.

Descriptor 2 (D2)    Fellow of the HEA

 

Applicants for Fellowship need to meet UKPSF Criteria for the award of FHEA. They should demonstrate 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.

Applicants for Fellowship should be in roles in which teaching or learning support is a significant element of their work, and should have gained a broad understanding of learning and teaching in Higher Education through scholarship and engagement in relevant CPD.   Typically these are staff who have at least two years experience teaching in Higher Education, including in roles as a module or course leader.  They will include staff with experience as:

  • Academic or support staff holding substantive teaching and learning responsibilities.
  • Lecturers or Senior Lecturers, Academic Librarians, full-time Learning Development staff.
  • Experienced professionals with substantive teaching and learning responsibilities including for example within workplace settings.

Descriptor 3 (D3)    Senior Fellow of the HEA

 

Applicants for Senior Fellowship need to meet UKPSF Criteria for the award of SFHEA. They should demonstrate a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution 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, scholarship and, as appropriate, related academic or professional practices
VII. Successful co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/ or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to teaching and learning.

Applicants for Senior Fellowship should be experienced HE teaching staff able to demonstrate expertise within their own practice and sustained impact and influence on the Learning and Teaching practice of others over a number of years.  They will have gained a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning in Higher Education through engagement in scholarship, CPD and/or their own research into learning and teaching.  Typically these are staff with experience of:

  • Leading, managing, organising programmes.
  • Mentoring other staff.
  • Departmental, Faculty or other University responsibilities in relation to Learning and Teaching.

Descriptor 4 (D4)    Principal Fellow of the HEA

 

Applicants for Principal Fellowship need to meet UKPSF Criteria for the award of PFHEA. They should demonstrate a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to high quality student learning. Individuals should be able to provide evidence of:

I.  Active commitment to and championing of all Dimensions of the Framework, through work with students and staff, and in institutional developments

II. Successful, strategic leadership to enhance student learning, with a particular, but not necessarily exclusive, focus on enhancing teaching quality in institutional, and/or (inter)national settings

III. Establishing effective organisational policies and/or strategies for supporting and promoting others (e.g. through mentoring, coaching) in delivering high quality teaching and support for learning

IV. Championing, within institutional and/or wider settings, an integrated approach to academic practice (incorporating, for example, teaching, learning, research, scholarship, administration etc.)

V.  A sustained and successful commitment to, and engagement in, continuing professional development related to academic, institutional and/or other professional practices

Applicants for Principal Fellowship should be highly experienced academics, able to evidence sustained and effective impact in relation to teaching and learning strategy and policy within their institution, or wider national or international settings, such as staff with:

  • Wide-ranging strategic leadership and policymaking responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning.
  • Strategic impact and influence in relation to teaching and learning that extends beyond their own institution.

 

To identify your own personal goals and discuss your personal development journey, come along to the workshop Introduction to C@N-DO and the UKPSF.  To find out more, contact Shirley Bennett.