Academy Fellowship Scheme
Higher Education Academy Fellowships acknowledge the University's outstanding academic and support staff who demonstrate experience and expertise in, and knowledge of, learning and teaching. The Fellowship categories are suitable for staff who are early in their teaching careers, are involved in areas such as postgraduate supervision, have convened a course, have overhauled a curriculum or have managed a program supporting colleagues or students.
Fellowships are celebrated by the University community at a Celebration Ceremony held in March and August each year.
The University of Western Australia is committed to the enhancement of the student experience through the provision of high-quality teaching and learning support. In mid-2019, UWA was accredited by AdvanceHE, a UK-based professional membership scheme promoting excellence in higher education, to run its own Academy Fellowship Scheme.
The University’s Academy Fellowship Scheme aims to recognise the experience and expertise in learning and teaching of UWA’s academic and support staff, and facilitate professional development in education. The Academy Fellowship Scheme advocates evidence-based teaching and supporting learning methods, and awards Fellowship as a method of professional recognition for UWA academics and professional staff.
All Fellowship applications are assessed in alignment with AdvanceHE’s Professional Standards Framework (PSF) – a broad, internationally endorsed architecture that was developed in the United Kingdom.
To begin the application process for Associate Fellow and Fellow (Experiential Route) and Senior Fellow (Dialogic Route), please fill in the Expression of Interest before Friday 26th June 2020. The Academy Fellowship Scheme Fact Sheet provides more information on the program.
Details on the Experiential and Dialogic Route schedules can be found in the relevant category of Fellowship tabs above the picture of the Reid Library on this page.
Categories of Fellowship
This is the entry-level category and is suitable for those new to teaching. Applicants must have tutored for at least two semesters. Appropriate for professional staff who provide support to learners.
This is for staff who have have convened a course and/or program for at least two semesters. i.e. convening a course, overhauling a curriculum and/or coordinating or managing a program supporting colleagues or students.
Despite the name, not necessarily for the most ‘senior’ teachers in terms of teaching experience/ years accumulated. Demonstrated and evidenced mentoring/ leadership of other colleagues, and the impact that applicants’ teaching and/or supporting learning has on colleagues, is what sets SFHEA apart from FHEA. Applicants must also have evidence of engagement in extensive teaching-related PD.
Suitable for those who have had strategic influence across the sector – nationally and internationally. Most commonly university executive/ administrators. UWA applicants will be assessed by AdvanceHE.
The on-line Fellowship Category Tool is a short questionnaire that will give you a set of statements aligned to the PSF and its Descriptors and will help you to find the category of Fellowship that is the closest match to your current practice. You can explore this for yourself by completing the Fellowship Category Tool.
It is a self-analysis tool about your professional activities in teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers so select the option which best reflects your professional practice. It takes 10-20 minutes and you will be shown your results with a summary report. It is only seen by you.
Pathways to Fellowship:
Experiential Route to AFHEA and FHEA
The main pathway for UWA staff to Fellowship will be through the Experiential Route, a written application to the UWA AFS drawing on their experience in learning and teaching. It will enable individual staff to engage in mentored reflection on their practice and experience with explicit reference to the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), and to prepare written applications that meet Descriptors 1 and 2 (AFHEA or FHEA) as appropriate.
All applicants will be supported through a series of interactive workshops to prepare them for their applications. These workshops will include an Introduction and Mentoring session and a Reflective Writing Session. Applicants will also be matched with a Mentor - a UWA staff member who holds Fellowship.
AFHEA and FHEA applicants will work as a combined group.
Dialogic Route to SFHEA
This pathway to Fellowship is open to UWA staff members who have demonstrated leadership and mentoring in Higher Education. The application incorporates two parts: a written application drawing on their leadership in teaching and the support of learning and a dialogic assessment. Both parts are assessed holistically.
All applicants will be supported through a series of interactive workshops to prepare them for their written applications and their dialogic assessment. These will include an Introduction and Mentoring workshop, a Reflective Writing Workshop, and a Dialogic Skills Workshop. Applicants will also be matched with a Mentor - a UWA staff member who holds Fellowship.
SPARK is one of three taught pathways and prepares the applicants for written applications that meet Descriptor 1 (AFHEA). This Professional Learning program is designed to support UWA HDR students, tutors, facilitators and demonstrators with six months experience in teaching and/or supporting learning in a higher education, and to provide a pathway supporting professional recognition through the Academy Fellowship Scheme.
Foundations of Tertiary Teaching
Foundations of Tertiary Teaching is the second taught pathway and is designed in a modular way so that staff can either attend the whole program for credit or as a pathway to meet Descriptor 1 (AFHEA) or undertake individual segments as professional development only. Foundations of Tertiary Teaching is the first of the four units within the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.
Developing Tertiary Teaching
Developing Tertiary Teaching is the third taught pathway and prepares the applicants for written applications that meet Descriptor 2 (FHEA). Developing Tertiary Teaching includes the remaining three units within the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.
Find out more about the structure of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching here.
Professional Standards Framework (PSF)
- Support the initial and continuing professional development of staff engaged in teaching and supporting learning.
- Foster dynamic approaches to teaching and learning through creativity, innovation and continuous development in diverse academic and/or professional settings.
- Demonstrate to students and other stakeholders the professionalism that staff and institutions bring to teaching and support for student learning.
- Acknowledge the variety and quality of teaching, learning and assessment practices that support and underpin student learning.
- Facilitate individuals and institutions in gaining formal recognition for quality-enhanced approaches to teaching and supporting learning, often as part of wider responsibilities that may include research and/or management activities.
The PSF sets out the knowledge, skills and values demonstrated by those teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education, and provides ‘Descriptors’ for each category of Fellowship and information about the typical role and career stage indicative of the category. The PSF identifies three Dimensions of Practice that underpin the exemplify HEA Fellowship.
The Dimensions of Practice are a set of statements outlining:
- Areas of Activity undertaken by teachers and supporters of learning within higher education.
- Core Knowledge that is needed to carry out those activities at the appropriate category.
- Professional Values that those performing these activities should embrace and exemplify.