HEA Fellowship - Professional recognition online

Apply directly to the HEA for this internationally recognised badge of professional competency

HEA Fellowship is an internationally recognised mark of professional expertise for those who teach and support learning in higher education. It is increasingly recognised by international institutions. Many of whom now use it as a condition of appointment and promotion.

Today there are more than 70,000 HEA Fellows worldwide. If you’re an experienced teaching academic or learning support manager, you can apply directly to the HEA for a Fellowship via professional recognition online.

The first step for prospective applicants is to select their category of Fellowship. Your career stage and professional experience will determine your eligibility for the award of Associate Fellow (AFHEA), Fellow (FHEA), Senior Fellow (SFHEA) or Principal Fellow (PFHEA).

Associate Fellow For staff new to teaching or with some responsibility to support learning.
Fellow For staff who are established and have a broad base in learning and teaching and who can provide evidence of their effectiveness through reflection.
Senior Fellow For staff who have a sustained record of effectiveness in relation to learning and teaching through leadership and management of aspects of learning and teaching provision.
Principal Fellow For highly experienced staff with a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to learning and teaching, within and beyond their institution.

Applicants may apply online by logging into MyAcademy. The application process consists of an Account of Professional Practice (APP), two supporting statements from referees and payment of a fee where applicable. SFHEA and PFHEA carry additional application requirements.

Your APP will demonstrate that you meet a ‘descriptor’ of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), depending on your stage of Fellowship.

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