AFHEA Guidance on completing your application

The following is based on the HEA guidance for associate 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 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Fellowship of the HEA is awarded to professionals who can demonstrate they meet the criteria of Descriptor 1 (D1) of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

By applying to be an Associate Fellow of the HEA you will present an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning support methods and student learning and demonstrate:

D 1.1Successful engagement with at least two of the five Areas of Activity
D 1.2Successful engagement in appropriate teaching and practices related to these Areas of Activity
D 1.3Appropriate Core Knowledge and understanding of at least K1 and k2
D 1.4A commitment to appropriate Professional Values in facilitating others' learning
D 1.5Relevant professional practices, subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities
D 1.6Successful engagement, where appropriate, in professional development activity related to teaching, learning, and assessment responsibilities

In order to successfully demonstrate descriptors 1.5 and 1.6 you should provide evidence which supports Area of Activity 5: Engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices

By applying to become an Associate Fellow you will have the opportunity to:

  • Think broadly 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 Associate Fellows. You will need a working knowledge of its contents 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 Associate Fellowship?

There are two main elements to your application:

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

a) 10 x 100 word Practice Examples (PEx)

b) 2 x 500 words case studies (CS)

Both these elements should demonstrate evidence of meeting the appropriate 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 guidance on completing the different sections of your application is available via the links below.

Account of Professional Practice (APP)

Practice Examples

Case Studies

Referees