What is Fellowship?
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy is an indicator of professional achievement for higher education practitioners. It confers the entitlement to use the post-nominal letters AFHEA (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) and PFHEA (Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy).
Fellowship is not only valued at Sheffield Hallam University. It is rapidly becoming a sought-after qualification, listed as a desirable or essential requirement in an academic job person specification. It is also increasingly being linked to progression, promotion and teaching award criteria. It is valued nationally as a professional qualification by universities and colleges who have collectively established the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) on which recognition is based.
Most practitioners who have gained recognition have found it to be an important reflective process. It has increased their confidence in what they do by formally recognising its quality and appropriateness.
For an individual it demonstrates your professionalism and promotes the ethos of an academic community of practice.
For a course team it allows them to evidence the quality of teaching on the course and shows the team’s commitment to enhancing the quality of the student experience.
For an institution it showcases the University’s teaching quality and its support for the professional development of its staff.
For the sector it demonstrates the quality and maturity of its teaching standards and its investment in maintaining the value of a UK higher education, nationally and internationally.