SFHEA Guidance on completing your application

What are the requirements for Senior Fellowship?

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

Senior Fellowship of the HEA is awarded to professionals who demonstrate that they meet the criteria of Descriptor 3 (D3) of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

The UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) is central to the recognition of individuals as Senior 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.

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

  • Reflect on and thereby enhance the quality and effectiveness of your work in the area of teaching and supporting learning in higher education;
  • Model good practice for other staff and be able to encourage and support them to seek recognition for their work in this area;
  • Increase your influence and impact by gaining national and increasingly international recognition for your contribution to teaching and the support of learning within the higher education context.

Evidencing the Senior Fellow Descriptors


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

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

What are the submission requirements for Senior Fellowship?


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). For guidance on choosing referees please see Process: Step 3. Choosing References.

Maximum total words: 5,000

Detailed guidance on completing the different sections of your application is available via the following links.

Account of Professional Practice (APP)

Reflective Account of Practice (RAP)

Case Studies

Referees