Meeting the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)

Meeting the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)

Obtaining Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow status provides a transferable, nationally recognised kitemark for teachers, learning support and senior academic staff. It provides evidence that you value teaching and are committed to improving the student learning experience and it shows that you believe in a professional and scholarly approach to this aspect of your job and that you want to keep standards of practice where they belong – in the hands of the profession. Moreover it demonstrates that your practice is aligned with the UKPSF and it provides an indicator of professional identity for higher education practitioners, including the entitlement to use post-nominal letters. The UKPSF provides a general description of the main dimensions of the roles of teaching and supporting learning within HE.

The workshop provides a very practical, step-by-step guide to completing the documentation required by the HE Academy or by your accredited institutional scheme for obtaining professional recognition. During the session you will be given the opportunity to outline some of the key elements of your application.


“Very interesting and helpful; motivation to submit”
“Energised and stimulated me”
“Active encouragement and ‘can do’ approach; thought it would be drier and technocratic but NOT AT ALL”
“An excellent course, I now feel ready to submit my application – I had been quite worried about it”
“Immensely valuable and it was extremely useful to be able to share practice and concerns in a safe and open environment”
“The workshop had an excellent balance between information and facilitation. Mick fully understands the fellowship application process and it provided a perfect platform for staff to shape their own individual applications”
“All the feedback was excellent”
“Thank you very much indeed for an excellent workshop. I was delighted that you got everyone motivated to complete the applications and am now arranging follow up sessions with individual groups in order to maintain momentum.”

The best thing about the workshop:
“Fun and informative”
“The experiential exercises and input; tips and guidance from an experienced Accreditor”
“Use of [anonymised] examples [of applications] not exemplars”
“Insight into the application process”
“Mick was very good, very helpful”
“Small group and individualised attention; very experienced and knowledgeable trainer; learning from others and examples”
“Talking with fellow applicants – many of whom I had not met before”
“Giving clarity and confirmation of my interpretation of how to approach the application”
“Building confidence”

Accrediting a CPD framework

I can also advise institutions on preparing for their CPD framework to be accredited for UKPSF recognition by the HE Academy


Traps and tips for PFHEA – Mick Healey in conversation with Fiona Smart

The aim of the one-day symposium is to create an opportunity for scholarly discussion among local educators on inquiry-based learning approaches for undergraduate students. The theme of the symposium is “Engaging Undergraduates in Research and Inquiry – A Scholarly Dialogue”. The discussion will center around three major areas: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programs (UROP); Capstone experiences, and Problem-based/Case-based Learning. The dialogue will focus on treating students as producers rather than consumers of knowledge and the wide range of ways this can be achieved. Renowned international scholar on research and inquiry learning, Prof Mick Healey will share with us international perspectives on undergraduate research and inquiry and facilitate discussion on the day of the symposium.