HEA Fellowship (PEERS)

The University's Professional Educational Excellence Recognition Scheme (PEERS) for achieving HEA Fellowship

 

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On this page you will find all the information that you need about how to make an HEA Fellowship application based on your prior experience of teaching and supporting learning in HE.  This information relates to all three categories of Fellowship: Associate Fellow (AFHEA), Fellow (FHEA) and Senior Fellow (SFHEA).


Next Application Submission Date: Friday 20th November 2020 at noon.

 

What are the first steps that I should take if I want to make a Fellowship application?

What are the different categories of Fellowship? (download application templates from here)

How should I write this type of application and what evidence should I draw on?

Do I need to refer to educational literature?

What else do I need to include in the application?

How do I submit my application?

Are there any resources to help get me started?

I have already achieved my Fellowship, how do I help to support colleagues with their applications?

 

What are the first steps that I should take if I want to make an HEA Fellowship application?

We encourage you, as a first step in planning an HEA Fellowship application, to attend an 'Applying for HEA Fellowship through the PEERS Experiential Route - an overviewsession where the HEA Fellowship process and the different categories of Fellowship are explained in more detail.  It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have.

You should also read 'The Experiential Route (PEERS) Handbook for Applicants, Mentors and Referees/Advocates'. This is the complete handbook for the scheme and we would encourage you to keep referring back to it whilst you are completing your application to check requirements and details.

We also recommend that you download the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) document. The UKPSF is the framework against which you must align your application.  Additionally, this guidance document will help you further understand the terms used in the UKPSF.

This short video (5.27 mins) explains more about the important documents to refer to when making an HEA Fellowship application.  (Access the text for the video here)

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What are the different categories of Fellowship? (download application templates from here)

There are three categories of Fellowship that can be applied for through the PEERS scheme:

- Associate Fellow (AFHEA)

- Fellow (FHEA)

- Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

Principal Fellow (PFHEA) applications are sent to Advance HE to be assessed.

If you are unsure about which category of Fellowship you should apply for, you might find it useful to use the new Fellowship Category Tool that has been developed by Advance HE.

Associate Fellow and Fellow

This short video (7.56 mins) explains more about the requirements and criteria for Associate Fellow and Fellow applications (access the text for the video here).

Associate Fellow application form

Fellow application form

Below are some exemplars from previously successful applications:

A2 Example (UoL login required)

A3 Example (UoL login required)

A4 Example (UoL login required)

 

Senior Fellow

This short video (3.15 mins) explains more about the requirements and criteria for Senior Fellow application (access the text for the video here).

Senior Fellow application form

Below are exemplars from previously successful applications:

Reflective account example (UoL login required)

Case study one example (UoL login required)

Case study two example (UoL login required)

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How should I write this type of application and what evidence should I draw on?

The exemplars in the section above will help you to see the style of writing that is required in a Fellowship application.  Page nine of the PEERS handbook also outlines what applicants should produce in their written claim.

This short video (5.20 mins) explains more about the writing style for these applications and the types of evidence that can be drawn on (access the video text here).

This 'Promoting teaching: making evidence count' document outlines the wide range of evidence that can be used to consider teaching effectiveness.

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Do I need to refer to educational literature?

Fellowship applicants (all categories) are expected to make reference to relevant literature.  Pedagogic literature informs our understanding to enable us to teach/support learning. This literature falls in the broader spectrum of scholarship which also includes research, text books, journal articles and discipline-specific guidelines or regulations. Applicants need to show how scholarship in learning and teaching underpins relevant areas of their practice.

This short video (5.18 mins) explains more about how to find and engage with the educational literature  (access the video text here).

This Talis Reading List is provided to help you get started with engaging with the literature. Texts and journal articles have been put into learning and teaching themes. There is a wide selection for you to choose from. You are not expected to read all these resources! Access the ones that are most relevant for you.

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What else do I need to include in the application?

Continuing Professional Development plan

All Fellowship applications (for all categories) must be accompanied by a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plan.  You will need to outline your planned and/or anticipated continuing professional development activities in teaching and learning for the forthcoming two years.  The CPD plan is included at the end of the application and it is not included in the word count.  Appendix 1 in the PEERS handbook provides specific guidance on how to complete the CPD plan.

This short video (3.02 mins) explains more about the CPD plan (access the video text here).

 

Referee statements

Associate Fellow applications must be accompanied by one referee statement.  See page 25 of the PEERS handbook for specific referee requirements.

Fellow and Senior Fellow applications must be accompanied by two referee statements.  See page 31 (FHEA) and page 39 (SFHEA) of the PEERS handbook for specific referee requirements.

This short video (2.31 mins) explains more about the referee requirements for each category of Fellowship (access the video text here).

There is specific guidance for colleagues who are acting as referees on pages 41-42 of the PEERS handbook.  If your referee has not written a Fellowship referee statement before, direct them to these pages and the example reference statements below.

Example reference for Fellow (FHEA) applications

Example reference for Senior Fellow (SFHEA) applications

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How do I submit my application?

Applications are submitted to the Blackboard PEERS Submission site.  This is a self-enrolment site and you should only enrol when you are submitting your completed application (i.e. completed application and CPD plan, and accompanying referee statement or statements).  Please be aware that applications are checked for plagiarism so you must ensure that the work is your own.

You can only submit one file so the application and reference(s) should be saved and submitted as one document. It would be advised to save all documents as pdfs and then combine them into one pdf document.

Use Chrome rather than Internet Explorer to access the site.

See here for more information about how to find and enrol on the PEERS Submission site.

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Are there any resources to help get me started?

A collection of short videos have been made to introduce you to some key learning, teaching and assessment principles which will help you develop your practice and your Fellowship claim.  You may find the 'Developing your Claim' video particularly useful as it provides an example of how to develop the form of writing which would be appropriate for an HEA Fellowship application.

Click here to be taken to the PEERS resources page.

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I have already achieved my Fellowship, how do I help to support colleagues with their applications?

This resource pack will help you support your colleagues with their Fellowship applications.

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If you have any questions, please contact peers@le.ac.uk.

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