"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).
It is underpinned by the HEA's 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.
Support workshops are run throughout the year (view the briefing video above and download the slides here); 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 and professional dialogue route. Principal Fellowship can be applied for via a written route only (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.
- 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). 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 experienced staff who can demonstrate a sustained record of effectiveness in learning & teaching, including the organisation, management and leadership of teaching provision. May be academic staff or those in professional services with roles in 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