Routes to Fellowship


The Swansea Application Route offers four pathways for staff seeking recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy dependent on length of experience and/or contractual status.

Current Postgraduate Research students who are employed on a temporary contract to provide demonstrating/teaching support roles have access to a supported pathway to AFHEA.











  1. Swansea Application Route – Pathway for experienced staff – full or part-time and/or for staff pursuing the PGCert Education for the Health Professions, they are encouraged to seek recognition by engaging in the same requirements as experienced staff. Leads to AFHEA/FHEA or SFHEA as appropriate to level of experience.
  2. Swansea Application Route – Supported Taught Pathway – a blended course, with SALT tutor support for part-time staff who are unable to attend the PGCert scheduled sessions.  Leads to AFHEA.    Applicants will complete the application form and be assessed using the same criteria as outlined for the SAR for experienced staff.
  3. Swansea Application Route – Pathway for Part-time staff employed to provide teaching support who are also PGR students. A blended course, with tutor support from College-based tutors.  Leads to AFHEA.  This has a separate Handbook outlining the support.  Applicants will complete the application form and be assessed using the same criteria as outlined for the SAR for experienced staff.
  4. PGCert HE – this is a separately accredited programme with HEA Fellowship.

There are three fellowship descriptors supported through the Swansea Application Route: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship and Senior Fellowship. Staff interested in applying for Principal Fellowship must apply directly to the HEA.

Prospective PFHEA applicants can also access this PADLET for tips:

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What Category and pathway are best for me?

The HEA has a Fellowship Category tool to help you to decide which category is best for you:

You might also consider following this basic flowchart to help in your decisions: See the Choosing the Fellowship level – Flowchart:













Within the Swansea application process, there is a mandatory self assessment process and needs analysis to review appropriate examples and evidence in support of the category.

  • New academic staff who have not previously taught in Higher Education and/or have limited experience will be required to pursue one of the Postgraduate Certificates available and would not normally apply using the pathway for experienced route staff.
  • If you are a member of staff with some teaching responsibilities or are actively supporting learning, such as a librarian, technician, learning technologist etc., or an early career academic with some teaching responsibilities you should consider submitting an application for Associate Fellowship, but you may also qualify for the Fellowship category or Senior Fellowship, depending on the scope of your activities.
  • PGR students employed to teach should also consider gaining Associate Fellowship recognition.
  • If you are a member of teaching staff with at least 3 years full-time experience, you should submit an application for Fellowship.
  • If you are an experienced member of the teaching staff with leadership responsibilities that you have fulfilled for some time (e.g. a mentor, programme director, head of department) and have had influence over others in learning teaching, learning or assessment initiatives, then Senior Fellowship may be appropriate to you.
  • If you are a highly experienced academic who has had sustained impact at a strategic level beyond the University, e.g. at national or international scales, then Principal Fellowship (direct application to the HEA) would be appropriate.

The typical roles and evidential requirements appropriate to each fellowship descriptor are set out in the SAR Applicants guide and in this link to a UKPSFSummary2017 – RaceandBrown.

Further details for staff supporting learning (e.g. librarians, learning technologists, careers etc) in a Guidance Document on Advance HE’s Dimensions of the Framework website.

For more details

Contact the Recognition Team in SALT: Louise Rees or Darren Minister

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