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Professional recognition

AdvanceHE Fellowship demonstrates a personal commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience. It provides formal recognition that can be used for career planning and progression.

Fellowship via the PgCert 

UAL's teaching qualifications are recognised by AdvanceHE. They are part of the accredited University continuing professional development (CPD) framework.

You'll gain Associate Fellow (AFHEA) if you do at least 35 hours a year of HE teaching or learning support and you pass the PgCert Academic Practice. Eligible PgCert participants will prepare a portfolio to then apply for Fellowship (FHEA).

HE teaching or learning support includes:

  • all kinds of pedagogic work for courses at FHEQ Level 4 or above
  • work on CPD for academic and/or learning support staff.

Fellowship via the Professional Recognition Programme

UAL’s Professional Recognition Programme provides staff with structured guidance to prepare an application for Associate Fellow, Fellow, or Senior Fellow.

You don't have to undertake any academic study as part of the programme. You'll need an independent and self-managed approach, so this route may be better suited for experienced colleagues and some job roles.

The categories of Fellowship don’t necessarily coordinate with specific job titles, roles or seniority. A variety of experiences may allow you to gain Fellowship.

How to apply for Fellowship

Contact to register to receive further guidance and details on how to apply to the UAL Professional Recognition Programme.

Associate Fellow (AFHEA)/ Fellow (FHEA)

To apply for Associate Fellow or Fellow you must complete a Thinking Teaching short course.

Join us if you are either relatively new to teaching/support and/or have so far had limited engagement in professional development in teaching and learning.

Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

To achieve professional recognition at Senior Fellow level, review the process and criteria outlined in the Professional Recognition Programme Handbook and other supporting documents below.

Next application deadline

The next deadline for Fellowship claims is Wednesday 13 April 2022 (4pm).

Supporting documents and resources

Online support workshops

Contact us on to book your place for these online sessions in 2021/22:

  • Wed 3 November 2021
    • 1-2pm  Introduction to Fellowships and the UAL scheme
  • Mon 13 December  2021
    • 1-2pm Reflecting on your teaching practice
  • Tues 18 January  2022
    • 1-2pm Teaching Philosophies for AFHEA / FHEA
    • 2-3pm What is leadership? for SFHEA
  • Fri 11 March 2022
    • 10-11am Open workshop for questions about your application
  • Tues 22 March 2022
    • 12.30-3.30pm Writing workshop

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