The Higher Education Academy ( HEA ) provides a professional recognition scheme for staff engaged in teaching and the support of learning in higher education. Individuals can apply to join the Academy's register as an Associate (AHEA), a Fellow (FHEA) or a Senior Fellow (SFHEA) of the Higher Education Academy.
Academy membership is referenced to the UK Professional Standards Framework (the UKPSF). This Framework, developed by the HEA in consultation with the sector, is designed to provide a mechanism through which staff can demonstrate the professionalism they bring to the student learning experience. The Framework describes three Standard Descriptors each of which is applicable to a number of staff roles and to the different career stages of those engaged in teaching and supporting learning. These standard descriptors are underpinned by areas of professional activity, core knowledge and professional values.
Reflecting the University’s support for the UK PSF and our Strategic Framework for Learning, Teaching and Assessment, CELT provides a framework of Academic Practice Development opportunities aligned with the UK PSF at all levels.
The Academy's professional recognition scheme has been developed to support and raise the status of teaching in higher education. This recognition belongs to the individual, provides both the entitlement to post-nominal letters and an independent endorsement of your commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching. It is also a portable asset with currency in the HE sector.
The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching’s Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGC AP), offered as a component of Manchester Metropolitan University's Academic Practice Development Framework, is accredited by the Higher Education Academy at Associate and Fellow level. Successful completion of the course results in professional qualification and entry to the Academy's Register. Contact Kath Botham for more information.
All Manchester Metropolitan University staff appointed to a full time academic post who do not hold either:
are required to complete the PGC AP within 3 years of appointment to their first full–time post.
The Individual Entry Route allows applicants to submit a reflective statement of evidence directly to the Academy, demonstrating that they have satisfied the criteria for registration at Associate or Fellow level through professional experience. MMU staff with more than 3 years’ teaching experience in Higher Education prior to appointment may apply directly to the Higher Education Academy for recognition at Standard Descriptor 2 level (Fellow) within the first year of their appointment. Details, guidance notes and application forms are available on the Academy website.
You may receive HEA recognition if you have: