HEA Fellowship Assessors

Becoming an Assessor/Mentor for the Swansea Application Route

Expressions of interest to become an HEA Fellowship assessor (all categories) are now closed for 2021.  

Being involved in supporting and assessing HEA Fellowship applications is an important part of contributing to the objectives of Swansea University. One of its Centenary Strategic Enabler 16 is, for example, “We will recruit, develop and retain diverse, high quality academic and professional staff who share our ambitions and value”.

We have also recently gained accreditation to offer a route to Associate Fellowship for postgraduate research students who are also employed by the University to teach. These students need support and their applications assessed and this is also where you can contribute.

Assessing applications and providing formative feedback and support to applicants not only enables you to align to these institutional goals, but also supports your own professional development and in particular remain in good standing as an HEA Fellow at the category for which you hold recognition.

Who is Eligible?

Only staff with Fellow, Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow recognition may be assessors and mentors supporting the Swansea Application Route.

What time commitment is involved?

The time commitment is usually to be involved in assessing 3-4 applications to ONE of the 4 deadlines each year and AND mentoring/providing formative feedback over one semester leading to an application deadline.

Training and Support

An initial orientation to the role and subsequent annual refresher training is mandatory as part of Advance HE’s accreditation processes. Newly trained assessors are paired with more experienced colleagues and must assess before acting as a mentor.


To be an assessor or mentor of HEA Fellowship application, the following criteria apply:

  • You are already a Fellow/Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • You can commit the time involved to assessing
  • You can commit the time to undertake initial training and annual refresher training.
  • You would be willing, where appropriate, to support the AFHEA supported route for PGR students in liaison with the College nominated lead (acting as assessors/College tutors)
  • You are familiar with using online rubrics for marking and provision of feedback
  • You have demonstrated experience in providing constructive feedback in relation to assessed work/ presentations/ drafts of articles/submissions for other forms of work.
  • You can demonstrate that you have undertaken professional learning to inform your practice in the past 2 years.


If you are interested in becoming an assessor for Swansea University’s accredited HEA Fellowship programme, complete this Expression of Interest Form.

Expressions of Interest will be reviewed and those meeting the criteria will be invited to engage in the initial training.

Expressions of interest to become an HEA Fellowship assessor (all categories) are now closed for 2021. 

Further Information

For more information, review the SAR Assessor Handbook

Contact Louise Rees (l.j.rees@swansea.ac.uk) or Darren Minister (d.g.minister@swansea.ac.uk) in the SALT Recognition Team for more details.

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