Routes to Fellowship

SuccessThere are three fellowship descriptors in the Swansea Application Route: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship and Senior Fellowship. Staff interested in applying for Principal Fellowship must apply directly to the HEA, but can gain support in doing so from the Director of SALT, Professor Jane Thomas and from SALT staff.

See the Choosing the Fellowship level – Flowchart.

Self-assess what category of Fellowship may be appropriate and what evidence you have by downloading and completing this HEA-Fellowship-Self-Diagnostic.

  • 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 and would not normally apply using the internal route.
  • 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.
  • 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 the HEA’s website.

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