Academic & Student Affairs

HEA Professional Recognition Scheme

The Higher Education Academy's mission is to help institutions, discipline groups and all staff to provide the best possible learning experience for their students. One of its aims is to lead, support and inform the professional development and recognition of staff in higher education.

There are three categories of individual professional recognition under the new Professional Recogntion 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 and supporting learning. Associate status is conferred via the Recognition Scheme or through completion of an Academy-accredited programme.

Fellow (FHEA)

If you 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, through completion of an Academy-accredited programme, via a Collaborative Agreement or is available to holders of a National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Individual award.

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.

Help and Advice

If you have any queries on preparation of your application contact Alison Skillen, ext 1446 or email: a.skillen@qub.ac.uk