FHEA Guidance on completing your application

The following is based on the HEA guidance for Fellows. The TALENT requirements differ from the HEA in the format of the submission. However, all the criteria and the scope of practice indicated are the same.

These guidance notes will provide you with support in producing your submission for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Fellowship of the HEA is awarded to professionals who can demonstrate they meet the criteria of Descriptor 2 (D2) of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

By applying to be a Fellow of the HEA you will present a broad understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support as a key contribution to high quality student learning. You should be able to provide evidence of:

D 2.1Successful engagement across all five Areas of Activity
D 2.2Appropriate knowledge and understanding across all aspects of Core Knowledge
D 2.3A commitment to all the Professional Values
D 2.4Successful engagement in appropriate teaching practices related to the Areas of Activity
D 2.5Successful incorporation of subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities, as part of an integrated approach to academic practice
D 2.6Successful engagement in continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning, assessment and, where appropriate, related professional practices

By applying to become a Fellow you will have the opportunity to:

  •  Think deeply about and thereby enhance the quality and effectiveness of your work in the area of teaching and supporting learning in higher education;
  • Gain national and increasingly international recognition for your role as a teacher and/or supporter of learning within the higher education context.

The UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) is central to the recognition of individuals as Fellows. You will need access to, and a working knowledge of, its content in order to prepare your application. Please ensure that you have attended a professional recognition workshop prior to commencing.  You may additionally find one of the day writing retreats a useful way to set aside focussed time to complete your application.  Guidance and feedback will be available from the facilitators throughout the day.

 What are the main evidence requirements for Fellowship?

There are two main elements to your application:

1. An Account of Professional Practice (APP); this consists of:

    1. 15 x 100 word Practice Examples (PEx)
    2. 3 x 500 words case studies (CS)

Both these elements should demonstrate evidence of meeting ALL the Dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework. Please use word length equivalents where not written (see Process: Step 2. Format).

2. Supporting statements from two referees, one of whom must be internal to SHU.. For guidance on choosing a referee see Process: Step 3. Choosing References.

Detailed information about completing each part of the application is available via the following links.

Account of Professional Practice (APP)

Practice Examples

Case Studies

Referees