Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy, HEA) application materials

The University of Aberdeen offers two routes for its staff to become professionally recognised by Advance HE (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 deadlines for assessment panels. 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 next assessment panel will take place in October 2019. The submission deadline for applications is Wednesday, 15 January 2020

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 Advance HE.

HEA_Fellowship_-_select_your_category.pptx

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 references.  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: 

a) Writing guide. 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. 

b) Writing 'retreat' workshops. If you want to get started but find that you are distracted by email, phones etc., the Centre for Academic Development runs a series of day-long writing 'retreats'; protected space and time to help you concentrate, with advice on hand should you need it. These are available by logging into the Institutional course booking system with your University log in details.

5. Contact. Please email cad@abdn.ac.uk if you have any questions or or if you would like to know more about our:

a) monthly information sessions on Advance HE Associate and Fellowship applications (strongly recommend).

b) monthly writing 'retreat' workshops. 

 

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:

a) An Account of Professional Practice (APP). 

b) Two Supporting references.

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 Advance HE:

Associate Fellowship guidance 

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

Associate Fellowship reference guidance

Associate Fellowship reference template

Fellowship

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

a) An Account of Professional Practice (APP). 

b) Two Supporting references.

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

Account of Professional Practice_Fellowship_template

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

Fellowship guidance

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

Fellowship reference guidance 

Fellowship reference template

Senior Fellowship

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

a) An Account of Professional Practice (APP). 

b) Three Supporting references.

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 Advance HE:

Senior Fellowship guidance

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

Senior Fellowship reference guidance 

Senior Fellowship reference template

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