The Role of Referees

How many references are needed?

Two references must also be submitted with the completed application form for all categories of Fellowship.

Who can be a referee?

Referees are expected to be knowledgeable about the UKPSF and be able to confirm the applicants experience with reference to the Dimensions of the Framework and the category of Fellowship applied for. Staff who have retired from HE within the last 6 months are eligible to be referees. Ideally, referees should hold the category of Fellowship of the HEA for which the applicant is applying. At least one referee must be employed at Swansea University at the time of submission.

Referees should not be in conflict of interest with the applicant.  Therefore references from family members are NOT permitted.

What must applicants do?

Applicants are responsible for obtaining their references and at least one referee must have, at minimum, Fellowship of the HEA.

Applicants should provide their completed application to their referees for review and comment before submission.

For further information, consult the SAR Referee guidance v.1.1.

For an example of possible content for a Referee’s statement, please see this anonymised Example Reference.

Line Managers

In addition to referees, line managers must sign-off the application before submission. This is primarily confirmation that the applicant is indeed an employee of the relevant College or Professional Service and not a reference nor endorsement of the application. Written confirmation must be obtained and uploaded with the submission.

Line managers can however also be referees and are required to submit a separate full reference.

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