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"The task of reflecting upon and articulating my approaches to teaching led me to more consciously realise my strengths but also identify opportunities for improvement. The PRD scheme challenges one to draw out and make explicit the knowledge one has accrued.  So, whilst it is a significant undertaking, the effect is rejuvenating".

The Professional Recognition and Development (PRD) Scheme provides a mechanism for recognising teaching experience, leading to one of four categories of fellowship (Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship, Principal Fellowship) of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - now AdvanceHE.

The Scheme is underpinned by the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Learning in HE (UKPSF). Participants are supported to produce an evaluative account of their practice via peer review workshops and guidance from CLT staff.

Please note that if you are a new lecturer, with less than three years' full-time teaching expereince, you are required to take the PGCert route to HEA Fellowship instead.

Initial briefings (download the slides here​and support workshops are run throughout the year; we can also facilitate small teams of staff in Schools working together to submit applications.

There are two routes to gaining Associate Fellowship, Fellowship and Senior Fellowship categories of recogntion, the written-only route, and the e-portfolio & professional dialogue route. Principal Fellowship can be applied for via a written route only.

Please note that the appropriate category for you corresponds to the scope of your role, rather than length of time you have been teaching, so, for example, Senior Fellows must be able to demonstrate leadership in learning and teaching and their influence on others (see table below for overview of routes and which level of fellowship may be appropriate for you).

As well as PRD Scheme sessions, the following resources are available to support you with your submission.

  1. Dedicated studentcentral and studentfolio areas.
  2. ​Detailed handbooks for each category within each route (see links below).
  3. A range of CLT workshops to support professional practice: blended learning workshops; module design workshops; course leadership workshops; supervision workshops.

    Overview of fellowship categories and routes:

​​​Category of Fellowship​

​Written route

​E-portfolio and dialogue route

Associate Fellowship (maps to UKPSF Descriptor 1). For new staff or those with limited teaching responsibilities (e.g. PhD students) and other staff who support student learning (e.g. technicians, library staff or student support roles). 

​Account of professional practice (APP) and Mapping matrix, Development plan, Statements from 2 referees (1700 words). Handbook E-portfolio, including Mapping matrix, Development plan, Statements from two referees (20 minutes professional dialogue). Handbook

Fellowship (maps to UKPSF Descriptor 2). Appropriate for academics with existing HE teaching experience; may also be suitable for professional services staff with significant responsibility for teaching and supporting student learning.

​Account of professional practice (APP) and mapping matrix, development plan, statements from 2 referees (3000 words). Handbook ​E-portfolio, including: Mapping matrix, Development plan, Statements from two referees (30 minutes professional dialogue). Handbook

​Senior Fellowship (maps to UKPSF Descriptor 3). For staff who can demonstrate a sustained record of effectiveness in leadership of learning & teaching, including curriculum development, organisation and management roles, mentoring and development of other staff. Appropriate for those staff in leadership or management roles, e.g. (Deputy) Heads of School and colleagues leading learning and teaching initiatives.

​Account of professional practice (APP) including:Two case studies, Mapping matrix, Development plan, Statements from 2 referees. (7000 words). Handbook
​E-portfolio, including: Two case studies, Mapping matrix, Development plan, Statements from two referees (40 minutes professional dialogue). Handbook​

​Principal Fellowship (maps to UKPSF Descriptor 4). For highly experienced and/or senior staff with strategic academic responsibilities – within and without their institution.

​Account of professional practice; statements from 3 advocates​. Handbook​ ​N/A

 Find out more


Please contact Juliet Eve


 D3 Dates

Next workshops for Senior Fellowship (D3) are:
Thursday 27th Sept, 4-6pm in room 102 Watson Building (formerly Mayfield House), Falmer
Wednesday 7th Nov, 4-6pm in room 115 Watson Building, Falmer
Wednesday 12th Dec, 4-6pm in room 115 Watson Building, Falmer. 

If you are unable to make these times, please contact Juliet Eve for alternatives.

 D1/ D2 Work in progress workshops

The next (Associate) Fellowship (D1 and D2) workshops are:
Wednesday 26th Sept, 1-2 in room 114 Watson Building (formerly Mayfield House), Falmer - this is an initial briefing session; you need to also attend the following:
Wednesday 24th Oct, 1-2 in room 114 Watson Building , Falmer
Wednesday 21st Nov, 1-2 in room 114 Watson Building, Falmer
Wednesday 12th Dec, 1-2 (room to be confirmed)

Please contact John Canning for more details.

 PRD scheme boot camp

​We also run a number of 'boot camps' and intensive writing retreats throughout the year. The next intensive day is Wednesday 31st Oct, 1-5 on the Falmer campus (room to be confirmed). Other intensives can be organised (subjecd to CLT staff availability) - on any campus- if you can guarantee about 5 colleagues. Please contact John Canning​ for details.​

The next two day 'boot camp' is on 18th and 19th December, in G2 Mithras House on the Moulsecoomb campus. This is aimed at those wishing to submit an application in Jnauary 2019. Please book a place here​.

 PRD submission dates

September 24th 2018
January 28th 2019
April 29th 2019
September 23rd 2019​
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