"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). Before deciding, use this Fellowship Category Tool from AdvanceHE to assess your current practice.
As well as PRD Scheme sessions, the following resources are available to support you with your submission.
PRD scheme participants are given the opportunity to have a mentor. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please see the PRD scheme mentoring webpages.
- Dedicated studentcentral and studentfolio areas.
- Detailed handbooks for each category within each route (see links below).
- 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:
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