Higher Education Academy (HEA) professional recognition


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Learning and Teaching is central to the work we do at our University.

The University's Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme (LTPRS) has been created to ensure all who teach or support learning have the opportunity to develop their practice and be recognised for this work whatever their role: academic, support or professional services staff.

The scheme is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education which is a nationally recognised framework for benchmarking success within Higher Education teaching and learning support.

Why should I take part?

Transferable recognition

Successful completion of the LTPRS programme will lead to recognition as a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) at one of four categories:

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)

While this is not a qualification, it is recognised across the sector, nationally and internationally. Gaining recognition as FHEA enables new staff to meet your probationary requirement for learning and teaching.

See the full list of HEA Fellows across the Institution

Join a community

We also have a HEA Fellows network and an online Google+ community which are open to everyone at the University of Sheffield recognised against any UKPSF Descriptor through any route.

How can I engage with LTPRS?

There are a number of pathways to choose from:

You may also be interested in participating in the PG Cert in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education, which will support you to make an application for FHEA through the first two modules. Further detail on the PG Cert is available here.


The pathways

Foundation Pathway Personal Pathway Principal Pathway


What are my options?

Use the interactive diagram below to decide which pathway will work best for you. Click or tap on the "i" icons for more information.


Further information

Find out about Fellows across the institution

Email us to find out more

LTPRS 1:1 advice slots