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

For staff who wish to apply for professional recognition by the Advance HE via the University's CPD Framework, the following documentation is available to help you.

Making an informed decision: which category of recognition is right for me? Use this simple flow diagram to ascertain whether you have sufficient experience and evidence accumulated to apply for Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellowship of the Advance HE.


All applications for professional recognition via the University's CPD Framework require you to complete:

1. An 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). Select one from the list below:

2. Two references.  These should be provided by staff who know your teaching and can comment on it.  At least one referee should hold Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy, HEA) recognition themselves. Guidance on structuring these references can be found on the Advance HE website

The following is a more fulsome set of guidance notes on completing your application for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of the Advance HE: Associate and Fellow guidance 2018.

3. Dates of Forthcoming Assessment Panels.

Advance HE Fellowship applications submitted by University of Aberdeen staff will be assessed on Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy, HEA) Panels. 

If you don't know where to start with your application, CAD runs a short (one hour) rolling monthly information session to get you started. Similarly if you want to get started but find that you are distracted by email, phones etc. CAD also run a series of day-long writing 'retreats'; protected space and time to help you concentrate, with advice on hand should you need it. Both are available via the University’s course booking system, accessed via StaffNet (under ‘Quick Links’).