Routes to FHEA for probationary staff

Close up on hands working on a computer, one hand on the keyboard, another on the mouse.As a new member of staff, one of your probationary requirements around learning and teaching is to gain recognition as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. There are two ways you can do this, either by engaging with the PGCert in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education or by applying for recognition via the Personal Pathway.

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Probation routes

This figure entitled Probation Routes is a flowchart with 9 labelled boxes/ circles linked by arrows.

A flowchart displaying the different routes to HEA qualification.

At each step, arrows point forward to the next box. Here the flowchart is described as lists in which the possible next steps are listed beneath each box label.

1. Have you already achieved FHEA status?

  • If answer is YES then probation requirements have been met for Learning and Teaching. Proceed with LTPRS Personal Pathway to SFHEA when ready. Flowchart is complete.
  • If answer is NO then proceed to box 2.

2. Do you have significant teaching experience?

  • If answer is NO then see below for more information and to apply for the PGCertTLHE. Flowchart is complete.
  • If answer is YES then proceed to box 3.

3. Which of these approaches would suit you best?

  • If the answer is 'flexible/ self-directed': See below for more information about LTPRS Personal Pathway to FHEA and to sign up for an Explorer workshop. Flowchart is complete.
  • If the answer is 'structured/ taught sessions': then you may potentially enter the PGCertTLHE programme with Recognition of Prior Learning [RPEL). Contact the team on Flowchart is complete.

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Further information about PGCert and Personal Pathway

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education (PGCertTLHE)

The PGCertTLHE is a structured professional development opportunity for members of staff who teach. If you have just started your teaching career or would prefer a directed route to meeting your probation requirements then this programme is for you. It consists of 3 modules which are taken consecutively over five semesters. Each module begins with a series of workshops followed by a period of time for learners to complete assignments centred around day-to-day teaching activities.

The programme is designed to help you to i) critically reflect on your own personal teaching philosophy and practice using the scholarship of teaching and learning; and ii) to develop your skills and confidence in a supportive environment through ongoing transdisciplinary peer-led discussion and support from programme tutors. Successful completion of the first two modules (3 semesters) leads to recognition as FHEA.

If you have significant teaching experience at a previous institution but would prefer a more structured approach, you may be eligible to apply for RPEL (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning). Successful completion of an RPEL application means that you would start the programme at the second module.

For more information please visit the PGCertTLHE webpage or email to discuss with a member of the team.

Personal Pathway

By applying for recognition via the Personal Pathway, you will develop a portfolio which will showcase your teaching practice and critically reflect on how you support your learners. This Pathway is designed for those who have prior experience of learning and teaching, and who are familiar with models and frameworks for reflecting on their practice.

The Personal Pathway is flexible and self-directed, and has three submission points across the year. As this Pathway is accredited to run internally at the University of Sheffield, at least 50% of your application must be based upon your experience at The University of Sheffield. You are required to attend an Explorer event in the first instance, and will then have access to other optional workshops and resources to support you in developing your application.

For more information, visit the LTPRS Website and sign up for one of Explorer Events.