HEA Fellowship provides a highly respected and nationally recognised teaching award, recognition that the individual is ‘qualified to teach’ in Higher Education, and opportunities for further professional development. Bangor University is accredited by Advance HE (formally the Higher Education Academy) to award HEA Fellowships to our students and staff through two accredited routes.
Dependent on experience and expertise, there are four categories of HEA Fellowship:
- Associate Fellow
- Senior Fellow
- Principal Fellow
Why should I apply for HEA Fellowship?
Bangor University is committed to ensuring that all academic staff who teach and support students are ‘qualified to teach’ in Higher Education. This means that any staff member with teaching or supporting learning duties should hold a relevant qualification in HE teaching or a teaching Fellowship through Advance HE. This provides our students with reassurance that we are committed to teaching excellence and, more importantly, provides our teaching staff with professional development opportunities to enhance their practice.
How do I apply for HEA Fellowship?
You can apply for HEA Fellowship through a taught programme of study or by applying through the CPD Recognition Scheme.
How do I gain HEA Fellowship through a taught programme of study?
We have three taught programmes that can lead to HEA Fellowship at Bangor University.
PGCert THE is designed for new lecturers or PhD students with less than three years of teaching experience in Higher Education. This course provides an induction to teaching in HE and supports lecturers through their first year of teaching. Successful completion of Stage 1 results in the award of Associate Fellow and successful completion of Stage 2 results in the award of Fellow. For further information about the PGCert THE, follow this link to the PGCert THE information page.
TPHE is designed for PhD students who are Teaching Psychology in Higher Education. This course provides subject-specific guidance to assist students in their role as Graduate Instructors. Successful completion results in the award of Associate Fellow. For further information about the TPHE, contact the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Psychology.
PGCMEP is designed for medical practitioners who teach Medical Sciences. This course provides a route to professional teaching accreditation to medical professionals who support our taught medical programmes. Successful completion results in the award of Fellow. For further information about the PGCMEP, contact the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Medical Sciences.
How do I gain Fellowship through the CPD Recognition Scheme?
If you are an experienced teacher in Higher Education, then you can gain recognition for your current teaching expertise through the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Recognition Scheme. This scheme would usually be appropriate for lecturers who have been teaching in HE for more than three years and are able to meet all of the criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework (include link to the attached UKPSF document).
Applicants must submit an application form evidencing experience across different areas of teaching activity, knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, and commitment to the professional values of a teaching academic in Higher Education. Dependent on experience and expertise, applicants may for any of the four categories of HEA Fellowship.
If you would like to learn more about the CPD Recognition Scheme or if you are interested in submitting an application, email email@example.com with your username to be added to the HEA Fellowships Blackboard site. All of the information about applying for HEA Fellowship through the CPD Recognition Scheme is on this Blackboard site, including the handbook, guidance on applying for all categories, sample applications, and the application forms. This site also contains a vodcast introducing the scheme and giving guidance on how to apply for the different levels. The site also contains announcements about the deadlines for applications and the dates of the upcoming drop-in support sessions.
Who do I contact if I have any further questions about HEA Fellowships?
If you have any questions then please email the Reward and Recognition for Teaching Manager, Dr Caroline Bowman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.