Personal Pathway

The Personal Pathway is a self-directed, non-credit bearing pathway to recognition as Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA/FHEA/SFHEA) that forms part of the Learning & Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme at the University of Sheffield.

Established in September 2014, after consultation with staff, it is designed to support staff to gain recognition for the fantastic work they are doing in teaching and/or supporting learning across the University, in line with Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield 2016-2021 and the wider context of learning and teaching in Higher Education.

Explorer Workshop

In order to register for the Personal Pathway and submit your application via the LTPRS Scheme, it is mandatory that you attend an Explorer Workshop. At this event, you will:

  • Consider which category is most appropriate for you
  • Consider if this is the most appropriate route to HEA recognition for you
  • Explore the UKPSF Dimensions of Practice with a focus on the D1, D2 and D3 Descriptors and associated HEA categories of fellowship in light of your current practice
  • Find out more about the Personal Pathway online resource and application process.
Optional Workshops

Once you have attended an Explorer Workshop, you will be able to come along to our optional workshops that are designed to support you in developing your application. All of these can be booked via the LMS:

  • Developing Your Application: Focus on Case Studies
  • Developing Your Application: Focus on Statements and Supporting Examples
  • Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) Development
  • Write On

Book a workshop place

Becoming An Assessor

If you are already a Fellow or a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and are interested in becoming a Personal Pathway assessor, please email

Online Resources

View Learning and Teaching Essentials resources

Read the Elevate Blog

Build up your expertise

Engagement with learning and teaching  events, networks and communities can contribute to the evidence you use to support your application for recognition at any level.

Visit our Events page

Explore communities of practice

Get in touch

Contact Us

Email the Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Team

Contact the Academic Professional Development Team

How can we better support you?

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