The Pathway to HEA Fellowship for probationary lecturers (previously The Bath Course) is a work-based curriculum of core and choice activities aimed at developing your understanding of academic practice within your individual, departmental and disciplinary context. Successful completion will lead to HEA Fellowship.

Who should follow this programme?

Under the University's minimum requirements for new teaching staff, lecturers on probation (permanent and fixed term contracts), are required to complete Probationary Pathway to HEA Fellowship programme as part of their probation requirements.

However, if you are a new member of teaching staff and already have a Fellowship, you may be able to apply for exemption if you meet the minimum requirements for your role.

If you are a new member of staff with teaching experience, you may wish to consider the Experienced Pathway to HEA Fellowship to gain HEA Fellowship.


Benefits of following the probationary Pathway to HEA Fellowship

By following the Pathway to HEA Fellowship for probationary lecturers, you will have an opportunity to:

  • develop the initial understanding, skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare you to become a competent and effective teacher and research manager
  • question, evaluate and develop your practice using regular critical reflection in order to improve the quality of the student learning and/or your research achievements and supervision
  • critique current scholarship in academic practice, develop critical analyses of teaching approaches and research management and develop your own practice in light of these analyses
  • develop appropriate strategies to become effective and efficient members of the academic community
  • meet your personal and professional development needs in a systematic, effective and efficient way

How will the programme be delivered?

In 2021-2, this Pathway will be delivered using a blended approach of:

  • preparatory tasks and pre-reading using resources accessed via Moodle and the CLT Hub
  • synchronous activities, which will take place using Teams or Zoom

All core sessions and most choice sessions of the programme will run twice a year. They will be published in advance to help you plan.


Next steps

See below which category of HEA Fellowship is applicable to you and the relevant core and choice sessions that you will need to complete.

For those new to the University and on probation, the Academic Staff Development (ASD) will normally make contact to invite you to attend, but you are quite welcome to contact us at any time.

We have developed some videos to talk you through the basics of the UKPSF and HEA Fellowship and recommend you watch them before attending the Induction to Pathways to HEA fellowship (PHEAF).

You may also find our frequently asked questions (FAQs) useful.

Pathway Requirements and Planners 2021-2