Senior Fellow

The overarching requirement is that the candidate:

demonstrates a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning.’

Senior Fellows will be expected to underpin their practice with greater depth of understanding and scholarship of teaching and learning.  They are likely to be operating with a wider sphere of influence (eg at subject, faculty or institutional level) and thus will impact learners beyond those they teach directly. It is essential to demonstrate leadership in teaching and learning, which can be defined as influencing the practice of others.  This does not need to be role related and should be pedagogic (rather than managerial) in focus.  Influence may be internal or external (eg on professional body or colleagues in other institutions) but the end result of that influence should result in improvement of learning or the learning experience.


To submit through the practice pathway you will require 3 years full-time-equivalent (FTE) in higher education (defined as level 4 or above).  It is not a requirement to have AFHEA or FHEA before applying for SFHEA.

UKPSF Criteria

D 3.1Successful engagement across all five Areas of Activity
D 3.2Appropriate knowledge and understanding across all aspects of Core Knowledge
D 3.3A commitment to all the Professional Values
D 3.4Successful engagement in appropriate teaching practices related to the Areas of Activity
D 3.5Successful incorporation of subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities, as part of an integrated approach to academic practice
D 3.6Successful engagement in continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning and assessment, and, where appropriate, related professional practices
D 3.7Successful coordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to teaching and learning

Submission Requirements

There are two main elements to your application:

  1. An Account of Professional Practice (APP) which consists of:
    • A Reflective Account of Practice (RAP) which is a reflective commentary on your higher education roles, responsibilities and professional experience (maximum of 2,000 words or equivalent)
    • Two case studies outlining contributions that you have made to learning and teaching in higher education which demonstrate how you have organised, led and/or managed specific aspects of teaching and learning provision (maximum of 1,500 words or equivalent each)
  2. Supporting statements from two referees (at least one to be internal)

Maximum total words: 5,000