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Professional recognition

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UAL's teaching qualifications are recognised by AdvanceHE as part of the accredited University continuing professional development framework.

Fellowship via the PgCert 

If you do at least 35 annual hours of HE teaching or learning support* and you successfully complete the PgCert Academic Practice you will gain Associate Fellowship (AFHEA). Eligible PgCert participants will prepare a portfolio for subsequent application for Fellowship (FHEA).

*HE teaching or learning support includes all kinds of pedagogic work for courses at FHEQ Level 4 or above, or on CPD for academic and/or learning support staff.

Fellowship outside the PgCert  

The Professional Recognition Programme provides colleagues with a route to Fellowship that does not require undertaking academic study. The programme requires an independent and self-managed approach that may be better suited for experienced colleagues and some job roles.

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 you should review the process and criteria outlined in the Professional Recognition Programme Handbook and other supporting documents below.

How to apply

Contact to register to receive further guidance, supporting documents and details on how to apply.

Next application deadline for Fellowship Claims: Wed 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

SEDA recognition 

Our research supervision courses are accredited by SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association). Learn more about SEDA's supervising postgraduate research or read about SEDA’s Professional Development Framework.

The structure of our research supervision courses is currently under review.  Provision for 2021/22 will be announced at the start of the new academic year. If you have any questions meantime please get in touch with your local research administration contact.