Information & Support Sessions

Mandatory Programme Elements

Please Note:
The Swansea Application Route – the internal route for HEA Fellowship recognition – is awaiting reaccreditation with AdvanceHE.

An amended application process is likely to apply from September 2018 and those who have identified a 2018-19 intended application deadline will be briefed on any amended features. You may still request enrolment on the Blackboard module but be aware that amended guidance will be introduced from September regarding application requirements for any future applications.

Check back in September 2018 for updated information on SAR. Details regarding the UKPSF and HEA Fellowship in general remain accurate as reference material.

SAR Information Sessions
These are 1 – 1½ hour guidance sessions giving a broad overview of the Fellowship scheme and is for everyone who is intending to submit an SAR Application at any category of Fellowship. The information sessions also provide an introduction to the UK Professional Standards Framework and provides a good opportunity for you to ask any questions. You must attend one of these sessions FIRST. To attend an information session, please book in advance by registering on our Events Page.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to access the corresponding resources on-line instead, please complete your request through this link:

Access the HEA Fellowship Application module request link

You’ll be enrolled on a specific Blackboard module to access the resources.  There’s an online quiz which you must pass to confirm your understanding of the UKPSF and SAR process, before proceeding onto the support sessions.

SAR Developing your HEA Fellowship Application Sessions

This 2 hour practical session is for staff who have already attended a SAR Information session and have passed the initial Quiz.

The session will start you writing your application in relation to the Areas of Activity of the UK PSF and consider the evidence you need to substantiate your account, including the Core Knowledge and Professional Values.  The specific assessment criteria of the SAR route will be covered.

This session is mandatory for staff wishing to apply for recognition of any of the three categories of Fellowship supported by the SAR route.  Applicants for both the Written and Presentation Route can attend. You only attend ONE.

Dates of Sessions – First mandatory for Session for ALL categories (choose ONE 3-6 months prior to your intended application deadline)

(Booking is possible through staff enrolment on the Bb module and when the Fellowship Quiz is passed.)

Date Time Campus
9 May 2018 2.15 – 4.45 Bay Campus
14 May 2018 2.15 – 4.45 Singleton Campus
5 July 2018 1.00 – 3.30 Singleton Campus
10 July 2018 10.00 – 12.30 Bay Campus

SAR Case Studies and Leadership

This 2 hour session will include a review of the Senior Fellow category requirements and explore the notion of leadership within the context of the HEA.  It will briefly review examples of Case Study topics, but the focus of the session will be on writing the Case Study.

This session is for Senior Fellow applicants only.  It should be attended AFTER the “Developing your Application Session”.  Applicants for both the Written and Presentation Route can attend. You only attend ONE.

Dates of Sessions – Mandatory session for Senior Fellows 

(choose ONE at least 3 months prior to your APPLICATION deadline)

(Booking is possible through staff enrolment on the Bb module and when the Fellowship Quiz is passed)

Date Time Campus
13 June 2018 10 – 12.30 Singleton Campus
21 June 2018 2.15 – 4.30 Bay Campus


Optional Support Sessions/Resources

SAR Reflecting on your Practice

This optional 2 hour session will involve a brief introduction to reflective writing, but the focus of the session is on improving the reflective nature of what applicants may have already drafted as part of their Fellowship application.  This session is for anyone who has started drafted their application and wanting to further develop it (in any of the three categories of Fellowship).  Applicants for both the Written and Presentation Route can attend.

To attend a Reflecting on your Practice session, please book in advance by registering on our Events Page.

Here’s a Reference List if you’re interested in reading further on Reflective Writing, including some links to useful websites.

The Open University also has an excellent online resource for you in becoming a reflective practitioner.

Pebble+ for HEA Fellowship applications


Information Sessions and Support Workshops can also be arranged based on College affiliations. To arrange a session, email as far as possible in advance of your desired date.


  1. Not sure which level of category I’m interested in since the difference and requirements of each category isn’t clear.

  2. Hi Non, Don’t worry about selecting the Fellowship for the purposes of registering for an Information Session. Its just to indicate the breadth of interest. There is information on the Routes to Fellowship pages that is designed to help you choose the right category. Please contact me direct for any further help.

  3. are there other dates for HEA introduction planned please as unable to make the 25th November and to be truthful have no idea where to t=start with my application!
    kind regards

  4. Arrangements for sessions during 2016 are in hand, including exploring a self-paced Information Session. I’ll make contact with you directly for further assistance.

  5. Hi,

    If I have registered for the first two session of PGCert SL-M05, do I still need to attend these information sessions above?

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