Academic & Student Affairs

HEA Professional Recognition Scheme

The Higher Education Academy works with higher education providers and organisations to improve the professional experience of HE teachers through fellowships, accreditation, awards and professional development provision. It manages the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) which recognises teaching quality to improve the student experience and forms the basis for its professional recognition schemes.

Individuals who have successfully completed an HEA accredited professional development course (such as a PG Certificate in teaching and learning in HE or accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) schemes) two or more years ago can apply for HEA Fellowship by making a request to their programme leader where they studied to enter details in the respective institution's accredited provision section in the HEA's MyAcademy.

There are four categories of individual professional recognition under the Professional Recognition Scheme, which is open to all staff who have a role in teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education:

Associate (AHEA)

Associate status is likely to be appropriate if you have a relatively circumscribed role or are new to teaching or supporting student learning. Associate status is conferred via the Recognition Scheme or through completion of an Academy-accredited programme.

Fellow (FHEA)

If you have a proven, sustained track record in HE teaching and have a substantive role in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience, Fellow status may be appropriate for you. Fellow status is conferred via the Recognition Scheme or through completion of an Academy-accredited programme.

Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

Senior Fellow status recognises outstanding achievement in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience, combined with scholarship and academic leadership.Senior Fellow status is conferred via the Recognition Scheme.

Principal Fellow (PFHEA)

If you have an established academic career with substantial strategic responsibilities in HE and are seeking to exert influence within the sector, Principal Fellow status may be appropriate for you.

Help and Advice

For further information contact Alison Skillen, ext 1446 or email: a.skillen@qub.ac.uk