Professional Recognition

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Our teaching qualifications are recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as part of the accredited University continuing professional development framework.

HEA Fellowship via the PgCert 

After successful completion of the PgCert and providing you have taken the mandatory units from the recommended pathway, you will automatically be enrolled as a Fellow or Associate Fellow of the HEA (depending on the level of your teaching experience.) 

The mandatory units for HEA recognition:

  • Teaching & Learning (20 credits) 
  • Self-initiated Project (20 credits)  

HEA Fellowship outside the PgCert  

Normally, colleagues interested in applying for Associate Fellow or Fellow of the HEA should follow the HEA Accredited PgCert route through the MA in Academic Practice. Where colleagues would like to achieve professional recognition at Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow of the HEA the Professional Recognition Programme Handbook (in supporting documents below) sets out the process and criteria.  

How to apply 

Please refer to the supporting documents provided on this web page (Programme Handbook PDF, UAL Teaching Excellence Framework and example submissions). Then download and complete the relevant application forms and return them to

The forms below have recently been updated.  If you have any questions please email

Deadline: 1 June 2017

SEDA Recognition 

Our research supervision qualifications are accredited by SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association). For more information visit SEDA's supervising postgraduate research page or read about SEDA’s Professional Development Framework. 

If you successfully complete the Supervising Research Degrees and Supervision Portfolio units you will achieve SEDA recognition. 

You will automatically be considered for these awards after taking these units, and there’s no cost to you for accreditation in this way.