Information on the Pathway to Fellowship for experienced staff

Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. Across four categories, from Associate to Principal, Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

The Pathways to Fellowship programme enables experienced staff to gain Fellowship, Associate Fellowship or Senior Fellowship from Advance HE in recognition of their teaching, supervision and/or learning support.

Applying for Fellowship

Through the Pathways programme, you can apply for Fellowship in one of three categories depending on your role, amount of experience and the range of your teaching, supervision and/or learning support activities:

Principal Fellow (PFHEA) is currently not included in the Pathways to Fellowship for Experienced Staff programme. You can apply for PFHEA via an individual entry route to Advance HE. For further details and support, please contact the CAD team.

Which category of Fellowship is right for me?

To find out if you are eligible to follow the Experienced Pathways and to assist you in selecting the category of Fellowship that best matches your current practice, you should:

Review the pen portraits, to give you an idea of the experience and development that is required;

Use the Fellowship Category tool to understand which category of Fellowship most closely reflects your current practice and to reflect on your ongoing professional development and career aspirations;

What are the benefits of achieving Fellowship?

Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. Achieving Fellowship gives you:

  • recognition of your professional practice in learning and teaching
  • evidence you can use for promotion
  • an opportunity to benchmark your professional practice against the Professional Standards Framework 2023 (PSF)

Next steps

For those wishing to apply for fellowship via this Pathway, please contact your Bath Fellowship Champion, in the first instance.

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 PHEAF.

The CLT are piloting a regional network for prospective senior and principle fellow applicants. We will be running a series of networking sessions this year where people can get advice, guidance and networking support with their applications. Please see the programme of events below for details about the sessions.

Programme of Workshops

Applying for your Senior or Principal Fellowship, to support prospective applicants, The Universities of Bristol, Bath Spa, Bath, and UWE Bristol have come together to offer prospective Principal Fellows a programme of workshops, and also Senior Fellows writing retreats and opportunities for peer mentoring. The programme of events is available

Key Information

For additional help, you are also welcome to contact Curriculum and Academic Development team (CAD) at any time.