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UKPSF Experiential Route

UKPSF Experiential Route

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About the UKPSF Experiential Route

The Experiential Route is a flexible route to HEA fellowship for staff with experience in teaching and/or supporting learning who wish to be recognised as an Associate Fellow, Fellow, or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Senior Fellow align with Descriptors 1, 2, and 3, respectively, of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) which is the document that outlines the criteria you must meet to be awarded recognition. Our Experiential Route allows you to demonstrate how you meet these criteria through either a written document or a professional dialogue.  

We offer a Readiness for Fellowship workshop several times a year to provide information on the route, the application requirements, engagement with the UKPSF, and to help you get started with your application. Undergoing the Experiential Route is a very independent process, however, you will be allocated a mentor who you will be able to support you as you develop your application for recognition.  

It is anticipated that following the Experiential Route to recognition will take between 2 and 8 months depending on your circumstances and commitments. We recommend that you concentrate your efforts over as short a period as possible so as to maintain momentum.

The Experiential Route is part of our Advance-HE accredited HEA Fellowship (UKPSF) CPD scheme, and the process of developing a claim for recognition is similar regardless of the pathway chosen – documentary or dialogue.

For staff who are actively involved in designed, delivering and collaborating on teaching and teaching development the experiential route helps make the most of their skills and experience in a way which fits in with their busy workload.

Participant's Comments

I would strongly recommend the Experiential Route as part of the University’s UKPSF CPD Scheme, which provides excellent support for candidates, including workshops and providing a Professional Standards Advisor for you.

Participant's Comments

Having HEA Fellowship or a recognised teaching qualification is becoming increasingly important across the HE sector, for both individuals and for institutions.

Participant's Comments

It need not necessarily take a huge amount of time to write your application, but I would advise setting aside concentrated time, rather than writing it in dribs and drabs.

Participant's Comments