Professional Recognition

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Why apply for HEA professional recognition?

Becoming an Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy enables you to achieve professional recognition for your commitment to teaching. It’s also a valuable, transferable asset that looks good on your CV and can help your future employability.

Our routes to professional recognition are recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as part of our accredited Creative Education CPD Framework. This is an internal framework that provides a process for Professional Recognition as set out in the UK Professional Standards for teaching/supporting learning in higher education.  Experienced academics or academic-related staff are encouraged to apply for either the HEA Associate Fellow (AFHEA), Fellow (FHEA) and/or Senior Fellow (SFHEA) awards via our Creative Education CPD Scheme

We’ve had some great feedback from UCA colleagues who have attended our Creative Education Professional Development Framework.  In addition to providing a valuable opportunity to review their teaching practice, participants particularly enjoy the opportunity to meet colleagues from other campuses and develop their professional network.

Routes to professional recognition

You can achieve professional recognition in three ways:

  1. through our non-taught, experiential Creative Education CPD scheme. This requires you to present a claim that meets the criteria for your chosen level of recognition by tuning into fortnightly 1 hour ‘reflecting on your teaching through the UKPSF’ sessions,  meeting with a campus based mentor and attending a short preparatory session in the summer.
  2. by completing our taught PGCert in Creative Education. Candidates who complete the Postgraduate Certificate may be eligible for one of either the HEA Associate Fellow (AFHEA) or Fellow (FHEA)

Applying for professional recognition

Application form for Professional Recognition Qualifications

Before applying for either unit ECAE7003 or ECAE7007, please ensure you have tuned into an ‘Introducing the Creative Education Professional Development Framework’ webinar and familiarised yourself with the Participant Handbook for the Descriptor you are applying for.   Once you have signed up to the scheme, you will get access to an online resource of supporting materials to help you get started in your evidence gathering. It is also strongly recommended that you attend the ‘Reflecting on your practice through P-SR’ (for all levels of recognition) and the ‘Coaching and mentoring for learning and teaching’ (for Descriptor 3, Senior Fellow applicants only)

The final date for applications for the Creative Education CPD (experiential) Scheme is Friday 21 December 2017

Creative Education CPD Scheme process

To help you gather evidence for your portfolios, you may find the following useful in reflecting on your current practice:

Descriptor 1 Diagnostic

Descriptor 2 Diagnostic

Descriptor 3 Diagnostic

UKPSF Guidance to the Descriptors

We also provide a series of accompanying webinars to prepare you to make a claim.  Some of these are compulsory if you sign up to our scheme.

Please keep an eye out for workshop promotions which are circulated via the University email.

Please note that all applications for Associate Fellow and Fellow of the HEA must include evidence of reflection on practice through the university’s Peer Observation Scheme

For further information about HEA recognition at UCA, please email the Creative Education email


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