The UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) was developed by the Higher Education sector in the United Kingdom in 2011. It was promoted by the Higher Education Academy (HEA, now Advance HE) as a way of recognising individual university teachers’ contribution to learning and teaching. The framework allows eligible staff engaged in teaching and learning to apply for four categories of Fellowship – Associate Fellowship (D1), Fellowship (D2), Senior Fellowship (D3) and Principal Fellowship (D4). Since 2011, more than 130,000 Fellowships across the four categories have been awarded world-wide.
From January 2020, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will run its own Fellowship scheme. The scheme is accredited by Advance HE, which means that HKU can assess applications locally without staff applying directly to Advance HE in the UK. The scheme is administered by the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL).
HKU allows a limited number of applications to go through the HKU Advance HE Fellowship Scheme from January 2020. Members of staff or RPgs who are eligible to apply will be admitted on first-come-first-served basis. Maximum numbers to be allowed to register:
|Associate Fellow (AFHEA)||Fellow (FHEA)||Senior Fellow (SFHEA)||Principal Fellow (PFHEA)|
Time scale for applicants in 2021
|Deadline for Registration||Submission||Assessment Panel||Deadline for Registration||Submission||Assessment Panel|
|SFHEA||9th November||30th July||4th week of September 2021||12th April||30th December||4th week of February 2022|
|FHEA||18th December||30th July||4th week of September 2021||1st May||30th December||4th week of February 2022|
|AFHEA||18th December||30th July||4th week of September 2021||1st May||30th December||4th week of February 2022|
Eligibility: Applicants for Associate Fellow of Advance HE (D1) must have completed at least 25 hours of teaching in Higher Education and have completed the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (CTLHE).
Peer teaching observation
All applicants for AFHEA must be observed in the classroom for about 50 minutes by either their mentor or a member of the CETL team. The observation is developmental and should generate a discussion between the observer and observee about teaching practices.
When arranging a peer teaching observation, please adhere to the following protocol:
Eligibility: Staff applying for Fellow of Advance HE (D2) must have taught for at least 12 months full time (or equivalent) in Higher Education and normally completed the Professional Certificate for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PCTLHE).
Eligibility: Staff applying for Senior Fellow of Advance HE (D3) must have taught in Higher Education for at least five years and be able to demonstrate sustained leadership over the last three years with regard to teaching and learning.
If you are uncertain whether you are eligible for Senior Fellowship, please refer to the Fellowship Category Tool on https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/form/fellowship-decision-tool.
In order to be awarded Senior Fellowship of Advance HE, applicants need to demonstrate a sustained record of effectiveness, leadership and impact in learning and teaching. It is important to understand that moving from Fellowship to Senior Fellowship is not a natural progression. Rather it is to do with the role you occupy or have occupied in the last few years.
The HKU Advance HE Fellowship Scheme is dependent on a mentoring system where colleagues who are SFHEA act as mentors for new applicants. The number of SFHEAs who have completed the mentoring training is limited, which is why we need to be careful how we use our resources.
If you are interested in applying for Senior Fellowship, we need to make sure that your leadership profile is substantial enough for you to compile and submit a successful submission. This is why we ask you to submit a brief account of your professional practice outlining your leadership role in learning and teaching over the last 5 years (1,500 words) together with one case study demonstrating impact on colleagues in relation to learning and teaching (1,000 words) to express an interest in applying for Senior Fellowship. This expression of interest will allow the Fellowship Scheme coordinators to ascertain whether your profile is likely to meet the requirements for a potentially successful application (in which case you will be allocated a mentor) or recommend the areas you can work on to enhance your profile towards Senior Fellowship. Please note that your expression of interest document can later form part of your final submission.
CETL provides two workshops for all HKU staff who are interested in applying for or knowing of SFHEA. For those who want to submit applications for Senior Fellowship through HKU Advance HE Fellowship Scheme, these two workshops are mandatory. Colleagues who have attended the two workshops can then submit brief accounts of their professional practice mentioned above to express interest in applying for Senior Fellowship using the template provided by CETL. CETL colleagues will provide feedback on the account and allocate mentors for those who seem likely to meet the requirements for a potentially successful application.
To register for the workshops, please click “Register for the workshops” at the bottom of the page.Related Documents
You cannot apply for Principal Fellowship through HKU’s institutional scheme. Instead, you need to make a direct application to Advance HE.
The HKU Advance HE Fellowship Scheme is run for colleagues by colleagues. This means that once you have achieved your Fellowship, you are strongly encouraged to train as a mentor and reviewer of other colleagues’ applications. Mentors and reviewers are required to attend TWO initial workshops. In addition, mentors and reviewers must keep themselves up-to-date regarding developments of the scheme by attending an annual calibration event organized by CETL.
When agreeing to write statements in support of a colleague’s Fellowship application, please make sure that you have read the final submission carefully. Below are guidance on how to write your supporting statement for each category. All statements must be written on the HKU Advance HE Fellowship Scheme template.
Associate Fellowship (D1) – Guidance for Supporting Statements
Statement template (D1)
Fellowship (D2) – Guidance for Supporting Statements
Statement template (D2)
Senior Fellowship (D3) – Guidance for Supporting Statements
Statement template (D3)
Please note that all Supporting Statements must be signed by hand. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
The three dimensions of the UKPSF
When writing your application, please refer to the Advance HE resources
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