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 110,000 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 Advance HE Fellowship Scheme
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 2020
|Registration||Submission||Assessment Panel||Registration||Submission||Assessment Panel|
|SFHEA||12th January||1st July||24th and 25th September||1st May||2nd October||3rd and 4th December|
|FHEA||12th January||1st July||24th and 25th September||1st May||2nd October||3rd and 4th December|
|AFHEA||12th January||22nd May||31st July||1st May||2nd October||2nd December|
Eligibility: Staff applying 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 in learning and teaching.
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.
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) – ONE statement required
Statement template (D1)
Fellowship (D2) – TWO statements required
Statement template (D2)
Senior Fellowship (D3) – TWO statements required
Statement template (D3)
Please note that all Supporting Statements must be signed by hand. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
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When writing your application, please refer to the Advance HE resources
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