Top tips for a successful Fellowship application
1. Follow the instructions!
Obvious, but many people don’t:
- use the correct application form
- keep to the indicated word length
- ensure that they have both references and any other documentation required in the submission
In these circumstances your application will not be considered at the panel so please pay attention to the requirements.
2. Ask yourself…
When making statements such as:
‘to engage students I…’ or ‘active learning promotes participation so I…’ or similar, try to answer the following questions:
- Why is that important/relevant?
- How do you know (what is your evidence)?
In describing your examples this is where you can show the Core Knowledge and Values dimensions of the UKPSF
3. Be specific
Don’t generalise (‘I ensure that my materials are inclusive’ – how? give an example). The panel needs to get a flavour of your actual practice and how it meets the UKPSF.
4. Stay focussed
Avoid long descriptions of your modules, syllabus or a particular situation unless it is very relevant; try to keep it brief if so. The focus is on your actions, your decisions and your reasoning.Be prepared to edit significantly as the word count is tight.
5. Remember impact
Describe the effect of what you did on student learning. What were the outcomes or changes that occurred as a result? How did you evaluate the initiative?
6. Allow failure
Don’t feel that you only need to talk about successes. You can demonstrate reflexivity as a practitioner by reviewing failure or negative outcomes. What did you learn? What would you do differently? Try to be objective and critical about your work: a key feature of good reflective practice.
7. Map accurately
Examine carefully the claims you are making against each of the UKPSF statements. Is it really design or is it actually delivery (A1 or A2)? Be very strict and clear with yourself as these are the criteria against which your application will be judged. Misalignment could mean that you leave an unintended gap in your mapping. The panel will try to look at your application holistically but they do need to be able to evaluate your claims against the UKPSF.
8. Find a buddy
Ask a critical friend to read through a draft in good time. Many people find it helpful to work with a ‘buddy’ who is also applying. You act as a sounding board for each other and set writing objectives for when you meet up to maintain momentum.
9. Making time
Come to a writing retreat if you’re finding it hard to get time to work on your application. This provides a quiet space to work alongside others who will also be writing their applications. There will be resources on hand as well as an adviser to talk through your examples with or answer any questions you may have. The schedule of retreats and workshops is on the TALENT calendar.