AdvanceHE (formerly Higher Education Academy, HEA) application materials

The University of Aberdeen offers two routes for its staff to become professionally recognised by AdvanceHE (formerly Higher Education Academy, HEA); a taught route and an individual recognition route. If you wish to apply via the taught route, please find further details here.  If you wish to apply via the individual recognition route, we recommend strongly that you attend one of our short (one hour) rolling monthly information session before you start writing. These are available by logging into the Institutional course booking system with your University log in details. 

If you are applying via the individual recognition route, the following information is available to help you.

1. Submission process and deadlines for assessment panels. Please submit applications to Centre for Academic Development, cad@abdn.ac.uk. All applications submitted via the individual recognition route are assessed by a panel of trained assessors.  Assessment panels are held three times per calendar year, with applications submitted six weeks prior to the panel meetings. The submission deadlines for applications are:

  • Wednesday 19 January 2022
  • Wednesday 20 April 2022
  • Wednesday 14 September 2022

2.  Which category of recognition is right for me? Before attending you may wish to consider to use this simple flow diagram to ascertain whether you have sufficient experience and evidence accumulated to apply for Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellowship of AdvanceHE.

HEA Fellowship -select your category

3.  Having selected your category, your application is made up of two parts:

a)  Account of Professional Practice (APP).  The exact nature of this will depend on the category under which you choose to apply (Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellow). This must be submitted using a template provided in the drop-down menu below. 

b)  Supporting Statements.  These should be provided by staff who know your teaching and can comment on it knowledgeably. This might therefore involve your peers rather than your Head of School/other senior person. Whilst it is no longer a requirement, it is very helpful if at least one referee holds Advance HE recognition themselves. These must be submitted using a template provided in the drop-down menu below. 

4.  Support whilst writing your application. The following writing guide has been produced by the University of Aberdeen to help you complete your application for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of Advance HE: Associate and Fellow guidance 2018. We suggest you have this alongside you as you write your application. 

5. Contact.  Please email cad@abdn.ac.uk if you have any questions or or if you would like to know more about our monthly information sessions on AdvanceHE Associate, Fellowship and Senior Fellowship applications.

6. Information packs for completing your application via the Individual Route. See the drop-downs below.

Associate Fellowship

Having selected Associate Fellowship as your category, your application is made up of two parts:

  1. An Account of Professional Practice (APP)
  2. Two Supporting Statements

Your Account of Professional Practice (APP) should be submitted using the template found below:

Account of Professional Practice_AF_template

The following set of guidance notes has been written in order to help you complete your application for Associate Fellowship of AdvanceHE:

Associate Fellowship guidance

Guidance on structuring your Supporting Statements, along with a template for your referees to use, can be found below:

Associate Fellowship Guidance for Referees writing a Supporting Statement
Associate Fellowship Supporting Statement template

Fellowship

Having selected Fellowship as your category, your application is made up of two parts:

  1. An Account of Professional Practice (APP)
  2. Two Supporting Statements

Your Account of Professional Practice (APP) should be submitted using the template found below:

Account of Professional Practice_FHEA_template

The following set of guidance notes has been written in order to help you complete your application for Fellowship of AdvanceHE:

Fellowship guidance

Guidance on structuring your Supporting Statements, along with a template for your referees to use, can be found below:

Fellowship Guidance for Referees writing a Supporting Statement
Fellowship Supporting Statement template

 

Senior Fellowship

Having selected Senior Fellowship as your category, your application is made up of two parts:

  1. An Account of Professional Practice (APP)
  2. Two Supporting Statements

Your Account of Professional Practice (APP) should be submitted using the template found below:

Account of Professional Practice Senior Fellowship template

The following set of guidance notes has been written in order to help you complete your application for Senior Fellowship of AdvanceHE:

Senior Fellowship guidance

Guidance on structuring your Supporting Statements, along with a template for your referees to use, can be found below:

Senior Fellowship Guidance for Referees writing a Supporting Statement
Senior Fellowship Supporting Statement template

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