Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy is open to academic and professional support staff who teach or support student learning.
An Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy is likely to be a very early career academic or a member of professional support staff who makes a contribution to teaching and learning. Associate Fellows typically contribute to student learning through either designing learning activities, teaching directly in a classroom, laboratory, practice setting or through clinical teaching, contribute to student assessment, or develop learning environments to supporting learning and study.
Associate Fellows will need to be able to articulate two areas of activity from the UK PSF.
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy is open to all academic and professional support staff who teach or support student learning. Fellows demonstrates a broad understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as key contributions to high quality student learning.
A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy is likely to be the level of an early career academic or an experienced member of professional support staff who makes a significant contribution to teaching and learning. Fellows typically contribute to student learning through classroom, laboratory, practice setting or clinical teaching although they may also support learning through less formal approaches such as information and study skills support.
Fellows will need to be able to articulate all of the dimensions of practice and in particular to describe their engagement with teaching practices, scholarship of teaching and learning and their own continuing professional development.
Senior Fellowship is likely to be appropriate if you have considerable expertise which you have developed over a period of time in supporting student learning. The HEA explains how those at Descriptor 3 will have gained relevant experience through the use of a range of approaches including, mentoring, coordinating, supervising and managing individuals and groups. Individuals will evidence the depth and sophistication of their understanding and demonstrate a sustained and successful engagement with the UK PSF, indicating specifically how such knowledge, understanding and expertise is used in their approach to teaching, mentoring and their leadership roles.
Descriptor 3 recognises extended good practice both within the classroom (or learning environment) and in supporting the student learning experience in a wider context. This would normally include evidence of effective and significant impact on students, on colleagues and on the organisation / institution.
Evidence of a wider sphere of influence than the classroom and the student group (the basic expectation for Descriptor 2), is required here. A relatively limited experience of programme and / or module management, for example, or in mentoring new staff, will not be sufficient to demonstrate Senior Fellowship.
Principal Fellowship is open to academic and professional support staff who have had a sustained impact in the University, nationally or internationally in relation to teaching and / or student learning.
Principal Fellowship is likely to be appropriate for you if you are a highly-experienced professional, able to provide evidence of a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning.
Your sustained impact may be within this institution or wider (inter)national settings. Typically, those likely to be eligible to apply for Principal Fellowship are:
- highly experienced and / or senior staff with wide-ranging academic or academic-related strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning;
- staff responsible for institutional strategic leadership and policymaking in the area of teaching and learning;
- staff who have strategic impact and influence in relation to teaching and learning that extends beyond their own institution.
Professional Recognition Scheme
Our Professional Recognition Scheme handbook (.docx) provides detailed information about the operation of the scheme at the University of Sunderland. The handbook provides information on mentorship, processing applications and appeals processes.
The University of Sunderland scheme is managed by Alan Tree, FHEA.
Alan Tree, FHEA
Tel: 0191 515 2183